Volume 7, Issue 5 WAO Events and Programs - May 2010
Note from the President
Four months ago, I was honored to assume the Presidency of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Since then, the WAO Board and staff have continued diligently to carry forward a variety of different projects, the most important of which in the immediate future is the Post-graduate International Scientific Conference: "Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care" to be held in Dubai, 5-8 December, 2010.
Please join us at the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2010 in Dubai, December 5-8.
WAO Board Retreat
The Fiscal task forces are working on fundraising and other financial matters. Content is another strategic area of focus, and the task forces are discussing clinical immunology and primary immunodeficiency, as well as pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology, and how these should be better integrated into the repertoire of subjects covered at the World Allergy Congress (WAC) and in other educational endeavors. The third strategic focus is Programmatic/WAO Activities, and those task forces are working on ways to grow the WAO Journal, and WAO website, as well as how to better integrate junior members into WAO activities.
In summary, this has been an exciting four months for me. I am pleased that so many of you have taken the time to write me and to express interest in various projects and activities. I appreciate the wonderful cooperation and assistance of the WAO Board and its staff. Keep those emails coming to: email@example.com
With warm regards,
Richard F. Lockey, M.D.
WAO Member Society Forum
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Tuesday 8 June
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
WAO is eager to continue receiving feedback from you and your society. Please come and share with WAO leaders and colleagues from all over the world:
Please RSVP by 27 May 2010 to Kate Kirchner firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you cannot attend, we would be happy to welcome another representative on behalf of your society. Please share this invitation with colleagues. We hope to greet you at this important Member Society event!
WAO White Book on Allergy
WAO is preparing the first WAO White Book on Allergy (WAO White Book) for publication in 2010. WAO believes it is imperative that our member societies are a part of this important project, and invites your allergy society to contribute to the White Book by providing information on the current status of allergy in your country for inclusion in the Appendix to the White Book.
Please Note: the questionnaire is due by 19 May 2010. Please contact Kate Kirchner, at email@example.com with any questions.
Anaphylaxis Document Review
WAO Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis for review by Member Society leaders.
Thank you! to the WAO Member Societies that have responded to the request for review of the Anaphylaxis manuscript. Your review of this manuscript is greatly appreciated by the WAO Special Committee on Anaphylaxis. If you have received a request for review and have not yet responded, kindly return the comment form to Kate Kirchner, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday 7 June 2010. Thank you
Now published in the WAO Journal!
World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines
Initiated by the WAO Special Committee on Food Allergy, the newly published document "World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines," is a reappraisal of the recent literature on diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk allergy (CMA).
The new information addresses an unmet need because the guidelines currently in use are at least ten years old. The new document covers diagnostic algorithms, challenge testing methodology, consideration of appropriate sensitization tests, and the limits of diagnostic procedures with regard to levels of accuracy. In addition, there is discussion of appropriate substitute formulas that can be used in various clinical situations and with consideration of patient preferences, costs, local availability and others.
The WAO DRACMA Guidelines resulted from collaboration among clinicians and statisticians worldwide. It contains evidence-based guidelines for CMA that were drafted according to the GRADE methodology and encompass the experience from 10,000+ studies translating it into practical recommendations.
Fiocchi A, Brozek J, Schünemann H, Bahna S, von Berg A et al. World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines. World Allergy Organization Journal 2010; 3 (4): 57-161.
WAO Allergy Quiz
A two-year old patient is presenting with failure to thrive, vomiting and irritability. What is your presumptive diagnosis? And what complementary evaluations would you ask for?
This Allergy Quiz was contributed by Maximiliano Gómez MD,
The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award is a biennial award given to a young scientist who has shown excellence within the field of allergy.
The award winner will receive €20,000 and a travel grant to attend the WAO Congress in Cancun, Mexico, December 4-8, 2011.
For more information or to submit an application, please e-mail WAOHLAward@alk-abello.com. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2011.
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Allergic Disorders in Africa and Africans: Is It Primarily a Priority?
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WAO Clinical Allergy Tips – New Topic!
Read about the latest topic in this series on clinical insights and techniques.
The tests that really count . . .
By Mandel R. Sher, MD
What tips for practicing allergists do you have to share? Contact Stuart Friedman, MD, Medical Editor, Clinical Allergy Tips, at: email@example.com.
Upcoming WAO Member Society Meetings
Finnish Society Annual Meeting
LXIV Mexican Congress of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
In 2011, the CMICA - a WAO Member Society - will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the WAO World Allergy Congress, 4-8 December in Cancun Mexico
KAAACI 2010 Spring Meeting
WAO Web Site Is Now HONcode Certified
Congratulations to WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Juan Carlos Ivancevich, the WAO Web Editorial Board members, the content contributors and reviewers, and the WAO web team on achieving HONcode certification from the Health on the Net Foundation.
According to Dr. Ivancevich, web sites with medical content that carry the HONcode seal make a commitment to follow the eight principles in the HON Code of Conduct (http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Webmasters/Conduct.html). This Code of Conduct ultimately helps ensure the quality of information intended for both patients and medical professionals. "Now that the WAO web site has been certified, its contents will be continually reviewed for compliance, and we will strive to hold to these ethical standards for our members and visitors to the site," said Dr. Ivancevich.
The Health On the Net Foundation (www.healthonnet.org), a nongovernmental organization, was established in 1995 under the auspices of the Ministry of Health of the State of Geneva. Its Code of Conduct has become a widely accepted reference worldwide for online health and medical publishers.
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