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Welcome World Allergy Form: San Diego, California

World Allergy Form: San Diego, California

March 1, 2014

Lanny Rosenwasser Linda Cox

Dear Colleagues,

A warm welcome to the forty-fifth symposium in the World Allergy Forum (WAF) series:  Anaphylaxis: From Mechanisms to Novel Therapies. Recognizing the importance of anaphylaxis, the World Allergy Organization (WAO) is delighted to bring this symposium to the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

WAO is proud to announce that the year 2014 marks the 17th anniversary of the World Allergy Forum.  The first WAF was presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco in 1997 and WAO is appreciative that this symposium is an annual event at the AAAAI Annual Meeting.  Since 1997, WAF has flourished and become the longest continuing educational program of World Allergy Organization (WAO).

With the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases globally there is an urgent need to better understand the complexity and severity of these diseases and to work towards developing preventative strategies. This WAF Symposium will focus on the top advances in Anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal syndrome of which has seen an increasing prevalence.  The Symposium is entitled, “Anaphylaxis: From Mechanisms to Novel Therapies”.  We have three outstanding presenters who will cover this topic.  The first presentation will be led by Dr. Fred Finkelman and he will go through the mechanisms associated with the “Diagnosis and Prevention of IgE and non IgE Mediated Anaphylaxis”.  The second presentation will be led by Prof Motohiro Ebisawa.  Prof Ebisawa will speak on the “Causes of Anaphylaxis”, including food, drugs, vespid exposure and other triggers associated with Anaphylaxis.  Finally, “Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Recent Advances” will be covered by Prof Estelle Simons.  Prof Simons has led specific guidelines, consensus statements and an ICON on this subject over the past four years.  She is a former WAO Board Member and WAO has published and disseminated much of her work.  There will be an open discussion following the formal lectures. 

The WAO Board hopes that you enjoy today’s outstanding symposium maintaining the high standards the World Allergy Forum has set since 1997.  To view past WAF presentations and today’s symposium please go to the following webpage:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the AAAAI for this opportunity to host this WAF session at their Annual meeting. WAO also gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from Novartis that supports educations programs such as this conjoint program at the AAAAI meeting.

With best regards,

Lanny Rosenwasser Linda Cox
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD FAAAAI  
World Allergy Organization
Linda Cox, MD FAAAAI
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma Immunology