WAO News and Notes - Note from the President
Volume 7, Issue 4 April 2010

Richard F. LockeyDear Colleagues:

The World Allergy Organization, a world federation of allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology societies, held activities of the Emerging Societies Program (ESP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 28-29, 2010.

The ESP, a joint initiative of the WAO and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), aims to disseminate information on and share experiences about new treatments for allergic diseases and about new indications for available therapies. The Meetings of the ESP are structured to enable new and emerging allergy societies to interface with the WAO, and to help them develop their society in a way which will make it compatible with WAO's Membership Criteria. The World Allergy Training School (WATS), the newest ESP outreach activity, helps in capacity building by training representatives from various countries in the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases.

ESP Hanoi
WATS delegates in Hanoi, March 2010

The delegation to Hanoi was led by one of the ESP Co-Chairs, Ruby Pawankar. Other representatives participating included G. Walter Canonica and Sami Bahna (representing the ACAAI). Pakit Vichyanond represented the Asian Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) at this program. Myron Zitt, Chair of ESP, could not attend but was instrumental in arranging this wonderful conference. Twenty-two physicians and other healthcare professionals, from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, attended the WATS and their leaders met with the faculty for the ESP Meeting. The faculty also met with top Vietnamese health authorities to promote the specialty of allergy and clinical immunology. From all reports, it was an extraordinarily successful conference. The next ESP Meeting and WATS will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2010. The ESP page is online at: http://www.worldallergy.org/esp/.

Another WAO initiative is to enhance the activities of the special committees, under the auspices of the Scientific and Clinical Issues Council, chaired by Tari Haahtela. These committees include:

  • Allergy Diagnosis - Tari Haahtela, Chair
  • Anaphylaxis - Estelle Simons, Chair
  • Asthma - Stephen Holgate, Chair
  • Climate Change, Migration and Allergy - Gennaro D'Amato, Chair
  • Clinical Trials - Sergio Bonini, Chair
  • Drug Allergy - Pascal Demoly, Chair
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Methodology - Holger Schünemann and Jan Brozek, Chairs
  • Food Allergy - Alessandro Fiocchi, Chair
  • Immunotherapy - Dennis Ledford and Giovanni Passalacqua, Chairs

All are involved in developing various documents and other projects appropriate for the specialty and excellence in care. WAO Committees and Councils are listed at: http://www.worldallergy.org/ wao_societies/committeesandcouncils.php.

The Board of Directors and the WAO staff are busy helping the Scientific Program Committee finalize the program for the December 5-8, 2010 WAO International Scientific Conference on Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care. Between 2,000 and 3,000 professionals from around the world are expected to attend this world-class conference. Thirty-five to 40 world-class faculty members will multi-task to put on this state-of-the-art post-graduate conference. Sign up by logging on to http://www.worldallergy.org/2010dubai/.

With warm regards,

Richard F. Lockey, M.D.
President, World Allergy Organization