Prof. Richard F. Lockey, MD, WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, reviewed premier December medical journal articles for practicing allergists. Read his top 3 picks below and for the other 8 reviews, click here.
1. IRREVERSIBLE LUNG FUNCTION IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH A HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA
2. TRANSGENIC RICE FOR ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY
3. ESOPHAGEAL EOSINOPHILS IN PATIENTS WITH POLLEN ALLERGY
To read the additional reviews, click here.
Founded in 1998, this humble society has grown slowly but surely into one of the most active societies in the WAO. Although relatively small with approximately 200 members, this society has become quite influential in increasing allergy awareness in the Southeast Asia region.
The need for such a society is great in Malaysia as allergy is a huge problem and does not receive the awareness that is necessary. Although the awareness of allergy has increased tremendously due to the efforts of the society, much more work has to be done to push allergy into the mainstream.
From the start, our society has been privileged to have had the guidance of mentors in allergy such as Profs. SGO Johansson, Sergio Bonnini, Paul Potter, Cas Motala, Ronald Walls, Connie Katelaris and, very recently, Carlos Baena-Cagnani. These internationally renowned allergists, including past and present Executive Committee members of the WAO, have guided the society, and helped launch new modules of GLORIA in Malaysia. Four GLORIA educational modules have been launched in Malaysia and disseminated locally with our society being one of the most enthusiastic and prolific disseminators of these modules anywhere in the world.
Although a relatively small society, we are often perceived as the hub of allergy in the immediate region and, as such, have assisted other societies in the region to join WAO or to upgrade their status within WAO by organizing and hosting an Emerging Societies Meeting (ESM) three years ago. This was mostly locally orchestrated, but this year, a WAO sanctioned ESM will take place in conjunction with our 7th Malaysian Congress of Allergy and Immunology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 10-12th March 2006. At the same time, we will also be having conjoint symposia with our neighbor, the Allergy and Immunology Society of Thailand, to promote the upcoming World Allergy Congress 2007.
Fellow members of the WAO and friends, please come and visit us for a meeting and also have a holiday of your life in this beautiful country!
Allergy Practice Worldwide: A Report by the World Allergy Organization Specialty and Training Council
To support the case for the development of allergy as a specialty worldwide, Allergy Practice Worldwide: A Report by the World Allergy Organization Specialty and Training Council is published this month in both WAO journals, Allergy & Clinical Immunology International - Journal of the World Allergy Organization, and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology (Warner JO, et al; Allergy Clin Immunol Int - J World Allergy Org 2006; 18:4-10, and Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2006;139:166-174).
This valuable report provides data from WAO member societies on the estimated prevalence of allergic disease, the number of trained allergists seeing adult and pediatric allergy patients, and information about the clinicians most likely to see patients with allergic disorders. An on-line version is available at www.acii.net and at www.karger.com/iaa.
WAO Short-Term Research Fellowship 2006 Applications
The World Allergy Organization (WAO) offers two Short-Term Research Fellowships, to commence in 2006, to support junior allergists to visit a center of their choice to learn a research technique. The envisaged duration of each attachment is 2-3 weeks. WAO will contribute up to a maximum of $2,500 USD, to include travel and accommodations, for each Short-Term Fellowship.
Priority will be given to junior clinicians within five years of award of the most recent professional degree, who are specializing in allergy and who are affiliated to an academic department or clinical institute. Applicants must be current members of a WAO member society.
The Short-Term Fellowships will be applied to a project which meets one of the WAO Research Priorities:
Application forms may be downloaded from: http://www.worldallergy.org/wao_societies/06fellowship.doc
The World Allergy Organization's flagship educational program, GLORIA™ (Glo bal R esources i n A llergy™), will begin 2006 with two module placements at the following meeting:
The Fourth International Congress of the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
GLORIA Training Session
GLORIA Faculty: Prof. G. Walter Canonica, Italy and Prof. Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani, Argentina
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WAO and Hogrefe & Huber Publishers are offering a limited number of free on-line subscriptions to Allergy & Clinical Immunology International - Journal of the World Allergy Organization for members in developing countries. If you are interested in receiving a complimentary, on-line subscription, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting "Free Journal Subscription" in the subject line, with the following details:
Allergy Book Review
List Price: $139.95 USD
Reviewer: Steven L. Cole, DO
Find more allergy book reviews on the WAO Website here.
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