|1991||Launch of ISAAC|
|1997||Phase 1 papers|
|1998||Phase 2 modules|
|1999||Phase 3 planned|
|2001||Phase 3 modules|
|2006||Time trend paper|
|2008||Phase 3B maps|
The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood is a unique worldwide epidemiological research programme established in 1991 to investigate asthma, rhinitis and eczema in children due to considerable concern that these conditions were increasing in western and developing countries, and that the causes of this increase were unknown.
ISAAC developed from a merging of two multinational collaborative projects each investigating variations in childhood asthma at the population level. These were an initiative from Auckland, New Zealand to conduct an international comparative study of asthma severity, and an initiative from Bochum, Germany to conduct an international study to monitor time trends and determinants of the prevalence of asthma and allergies in children.
This section charts the development of ISAAC from its early origins to its current global coverage and organisational structure. This history is summarised chronologically in a timeline and embellished with personal memories of some of the founder members of the consortium.
Here we present the global perspective on the ISAAC Story. More detail on the history within each region and study centre may be found under “Centres”.