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Welcome to the 30th World Allergy Forum and Introduction to "Allergic Emergencies"

Michael A. Kaliner

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this 30th Symposium in the World Allergy Forum (WAF) Series, '‘Global Issues in Allergy: Answers for a Worldwide Problem' - Allergic Emergencies. WAO is delighted to bring you the third WAF Symposium for 2006, giving us the opportunity to offer you a flavor of the World Allergy Congress, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 2-6 December 2007.

I am delighted to moderate this session today. Faculty member Bob Lanier is a former President of ACAAI and is now a valued member of the WAO Board of Directors, bringing his many years of clinical and communications expertise to our international membership. Dr. Lanier will speak on an allergic emergency that is a source of major morbidity and mortality
worldwide, Acute and Severe Asthma.

Ruby Pawankar is a member of the WAO Board of Directors who brings her years of experience of living and working in the Far East to the WAO table, and who is presently working tirelessly to promote the 2007 World Allergy Congress in that region. Prof. Pawankar’s presentation is derived from the new Global Resources in Allergy (GLORIA™) Module, Anaphylaxis, and
offers a global perspective on the incidence and management of this acute allergic emergency.

As President of World Allergy Organization, I have the pleasure to present the third lecture of this Symposium, Angioedema, based on another new GLORIA educational module launched this Fall. Acute laryngeal edema resulting from hereditary C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency or abnormality can give rise to serious complications and fatalities for patients needing to undergo surgical procedures. This presentation reviews the need for accurate diagnosis of the underlying pathology in all angioedema patients, and the acute and long-term management of all forms of angioedema.

The World Allergy Forum is the longest-running educational program of the World Allergy Organization, and we are grateful for the unrestricted educational grant from Novartis and Genentech that enables us to bring you this program today.

I am lucky to preside over WAO at this time; the Organization has become very active in a wide range of activities, the leadership is extremely dynamic, and our position in the world of allergy is firmly established. Over the coming years, we plan a global agenda to strengthen allergy, both for patients and allergists. We plan to make WAO more visible, of greater service to our member societies, and to establish strong and broad partnerships with our national and regional societies. WAO will help local allergists to make the governing bodies aware of the need for allergy and work to create an environment where allergy and asthma sufferers can get access to well-trained physicians.

We continue to serve our members through our educational programming. In a 2006 partnership with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), we are implementing an American version of the Global Resources in Allergy program (GLORIA) to provide up to 10 lectures per year to Regional, State and Local allergy societies in the US with the GLORIA lecture modules being presented by WAO and ACAAI lecturers. Applications for the US GLORIA can be submitted by all Regional, State and Local allergy societies wishing for the involvement of WAO at their local meeting. The deadline for submitting applications for placements in 2007 is 30 November 2006; applications can be made online at

We are actively planning the next World Allergy Congress, which will take place 2-6 December 2007, in Bangkok Thailand. The meeting will have several unique features. It will begin with a day-long international symposium on Immunotherapy cosponsored by WAO, EAACI and AAAAI. The meeting will run for 3 days thereafter, ending with a one day international symposium on Food Allergy, cosponsored by ACAAI and WAO.

A global organization will only be as good as its ability to communicate. Our monthly email newsletter, WAO News and Notes, is designed to keep everyone informed of clinical advances in the field and to provide a ready means of rapid communications. If you are not receiving this free of charge communication, please contact us at and share your email information.

As we look to the future, we recognize that allergy is a rapidly developing and expanding field. The importance of allergy is still underappreciated, and the time when allergy is accepted as an important subspecialty of medicine and pediatrics is still on the horizon. WAO is committed to strengthening allergy through active educational and research partnerships with our 74
member societies. In the end, the many millions of patients with asthma and allergy will benefit as the importance of allergic diseases is recognized and taught more widely.

With best regards,

Michael A. Kaliner
President, World Allergy Organization

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