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Kangmo Ahn

Kangmo Ahn IPC

Professor Kangmo Ahn is a pediatric allergist in the Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He is the Director of Environmental Health Center for Atopic diseases, which was established by the Korean Ministry of Environment to find the relationship of atopic diseases with exposure to outdoor/indoor pollution and to explore ways to reduce children’s health risks from environmental factors.

He has had clinical experiences as an allergy specialist for longer than 15 years working at Allergy Center in Samsung Medical Center. He has devoted his best efforts to academic activities of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease (KAPARD) and of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI). He was a member of World Allergy Organization (WAO) Special Committee on Food Allergy and Nutrition. He has served as a managing editor of Asia Pacific Allergy, the official journal of Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) and dedicated himself as an associate editor of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Research since 2011.


Current Research:
His research activities have been focused on allergy and clinical immunology, especially 1) the role of pollution in the pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis, 2) the effect of probiotics on the prevention and treatment of allergic diseases, 3) the development and management of food allergy and 4) the genetics for the diagnosis of immunodeficiency diseases. He first identified pistachio allergens, Pis v 1 and Pis v 2. He also found novel mutations in hyper-IgE syndrome and chronic granulomatous disease. He has been involved in the nationwide epidemiologic study using ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) questionnaire since 1995. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles.


Selected Recent Publications (10)

  1. Kim MJ, Lee JY, Jeon HY, Yang HK, Lee KJ, Han Y, Kim YH, Kim J, Ahn K. Prevalence of immediate-type food allergy in Korean schoolchildren in 2015: A nationwide population-based study. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res 2017;9(5):410-6
  2. 2.Kim YM, Kim J, Han Y, Jeon BH, Cheong HK, Ahn K. Short-term effect of weather and air pollution on atopic dermatitis symptoms in children: A panel study in Korea. PLoS One 2017;12(4):e0175229
  3. Kim J, Lee BS, Kim BJ, Ahn HY, Na I, Lee J, Lee JY, Park MR, Kim H, Sohn I, Ahn K. Identification of atopic dermatitis phenotypes with good responses to probiotics (Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133) in children. Benef Microbes 2017 [ACCEPTED]
  4. Kim YM, Kim J, Lee JY, Jeon HY, Kim HM, Jung K, Eo S, Ahn M, Ahn K. Impact of solar ultraviolet radiation on atopic dermatitis symptoms in young children: A longitudinal study. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2017;28(6):551-6.
  5. Kim J, Han Y, Ahn JH, Kim SW, Lee SI, Lee KH, Ahn K. Airborne formaldehyde causes skin barrier dysfunction in atopic dermatitis. Br J Dermatol 2016;175(2):357-63.
  6. Kim J, Kim BE, Lee, J, Han Y, Jun HY, Kim H, Choi J, Leung DYM, Ahn K. Epidermal thymic stromal lymphopoietin predicts the development of atopic dermatitis during infancy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2016;137(4):1282-5.
  7. Kim E, Kim SY, Kim YM, Lee JH, Kim J, Han Y, Kim KB, Jung K, Cheong HK, Ahn K. Indoor air pollution aggravates symptoms of atopic dermatitis in children. PLoS One 2015;10(3):e0119501
  8. Fiocchi A, Pawankar, R, Cuello-Garcia C, Ahn K, Al-Hammadi S, Agarwal A, Beyer K, Burks W, Canonica GW, Ebisawa M, Gandhi S, Kamenwa R, Lee BW, Li H, Prescott S, Riva J, Rosenwasser L, Sampson H, Spigler M, Terracciano L, Vereda-Ortiz, A, Waserman, S, Yepes-Nunez JJ, Brozek JL, Schunemann HJ. World Allergy Organization-McMaster university guidelines for allergic disease prevention (GLAD-P): Probiotics. World Allergy Organ J 2015;8(1):4
  9. Han Y, Kim B, Ban J, Lee J, Kim BJ, Choi BS, Sehee Hwang, Ahn K, Kim J. A randomized trial of Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2012;23:667-73.
  10. Kim JY, Kwon JH, Ahn SH, Lee SI, Han YS, Choi YO, Lee SY, Ahn K, Ji GE. Effect of probiotics (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus) in the primary prevention of atopic dermatitis: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2009; 21(2 Pt2):e386-93