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Welcome World Allergy Forum: Orlando, Florida

Ruby Pawankar Dennis Ledford

Dear Colleagues,

A warm welcome to the forty-first symposium in the World Allergy Forum (WAF) series: Food Allergy: Pathogenesis and Prevention. Recognizing the importance of food allergy, the World Allergy Organization (WAO) is delighted to bring this symposium to the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

WAO is proud to announce that the year 2012 marks the 15th 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).

The area of food allergy has always been considered as one of the most important and complex areas of allergic disease and its escalating prevalence in recent years makes it a growing public health concern. This WAF Symposium will examine the pathogenesis and prevention of food allergy. Prof. Susan Prescott will begin the symposium by examining the events responsible for this dramatic increase in food allergy and explore earlier preventive strategies. Dr. Scott H. Sicherer will focus on the role of early dietary exposures (infant feeding) and feeding practices (timing and types of foods chosen) on food allergy. Prof. Gideon Lack will conclude today’s symposium by examining the relationship between food allergy and atopic eczema. There will be an open discussion following the formal lectures.

The WAO Board hopes that you enjoy today’s program with its wealth of information and if you would like to access the faculty materials after the session they will be available at:

WAO gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from Novartis that supports educations programs such as this conjoint program at the AAAAI meeting.

With best regards,

Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
World Allergy Organization
Dennis Ledford, MD, FAAAAI
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology