Volume 7, Issue 8 WAO Events and Programs - August 2010
Note from the President
Dear WAO Members,
Greetings from Tampa, Florida, U.S.A! I hope that those in the Northern Hemisphere are having a nice summer, and those in the Southern Hemisphere are enjoying the winter.
In years past, it seemed that things became less busy during the summer months. That's no longer true. Four new allergy and immunology residents arrived for training in our Division, and it seems that we are as busy now as any other time of the year. Their arrival reminds me of WAO's responsibilities, which include promoting excellence in care for patients with allergic diseases, asthma, as well as clinical immunology problems, not only in the U.S.A., but also in the entire world.
Allergy and clinical immunology is probably the smallest specialty of all specialties in the world. Yet, up to 30% of individuals in any population at any one time have an allergic problem, and the numbers are increasing. We are a small specialty responsible for large numbers of patients. It behooves all specialists in allergy and immunology throughout the world to make sure that we enhance education and research in the specialty and teach our colleagues in primary care about our specialty and how it affects the care for their patients.
Resources in education and research in the field of medicine, however, are limited, perhaps even more so now than in past years. Therefore, it is even more imperative that WAO and its Board collaborate as much as possible with allergy and immunology national and regional member societies throughout the world. It is also critical that we cooperate and collaborate with primary care physician groups. For example, it makes little sense for WAO to write a position paper or statement which is not endorsed by every regional and national member society in the world and which is not disseminated to primary care physicians. When such a position paper is endorsed by everyone, it enhances the specialty's reputation within each individual country.
Likewise, it makes sense that WAO interact and cooperate as much as possible with its regional member societies to co-sponsor cost-effective post-graduate conferences. WAO has taken a great step forward to help limit conflicting meetings by posting an interactive "calendar of events" on the WAO website. Please go to http://www.worldallergy.org/allergy_meetings/ for more information and make sure the meetings in your country or region are posted, as well as learn what other meetings are being given throughout the world. All regional and member societies are asked to post their conferences on this website to help minimize redundancy and unnecessary conflicts in scheduling.
As I previously informed you, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and WAO are going to collaborate in promoting a series of online lectures originating from North America. I hope that you and your member society will take up this cause and do similar types of projects in collaboration with WAO in languages other than English. Educational programs in Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese, for example, would be a great resource for our specialty. This kind of collaborative program is the ideal way of educating allergists/immunologists as well as primary care physicians about the importance of the specialty in caring for their patients.
Last but not least, WAO is hosting a major meeting in Dubai entitled "Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care". This meeting will be held 5 - 8 December 2010 and will involve approximately 60 international faculty members, the best in the world. It's a one-of-a-kind conference, and the first of its kind. Please visit the WAO website at www.worldallergy.org to make your reservations. When you see me at the meeting, stop me, introduce yourself and say hello. WAO is your organization and I would love to greet you in Dubai. See you there!
Richard F. Lockey, MD
Small Airways Working Group Lecture
WAO's Small Airways Diseases Working Group project will host a lecture on "Small Airways and their importance in asthma," presented by Dr. Ignacio Ansotegui (WAO Board Member).
XVI Congress of the Latin American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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Scientific Program Highlights
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In This Edition
World Allergy Organization Journal
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - Editor-in-Chief
INVITED REVIEW ARTICLE
Staphylococcus aureus and chronic airway disease
IgE Reactivity to Common Cypress (C. sempervirens) Pollen Extracts: Evidence for Novel Allergens
SYMPOSIUM REPORT SUPPLEMENT
May We Strengthen the Human Natural Defenses with Bacterial Lysates?
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WAO Journal Launches Podcasts
Readers of the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) can now listen to interviews conducted by Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD, Editor-in-Chief, with authors of articles published in the journal. The first two episodes in the Chief Editor Interviews series regarding "Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines" (Volume 3, Issue 2 February 2010) are available online in the Podcast section of the journal.
Request for Endorsement of DRACMA Guidelines as WAO Position Paper
In the April 2010 edition of the World Allergy Organization Journal, the WAO Special Committee on Food Allergy published World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines. In order to graduate the DRACMA to a WAO Position Paper, WAO has invited member society representatives (Society Presidents and/or Primary Contacts) to review and comment on the document, and to offer formal endorsement or support.
We kindly request all responses by 8 October 2010.
We look forward to your response and support in successfully completing another WAO position paper. Please contact Kate Kirchner with any questions or concerns, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Member Society Meetings
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASICA) 2010 Annual Meeting
12th Biennial Convention - The Allergy Pandemic: Its Impact on Clinical Practice
2nd Clinical Forum of Experts
5th German Congress on Allergy
XXIV Congreso Sociedad Chilena de Alergía e Immunología
All-Russian forum "Allergology and immunology - Interdisciplinary Problems"
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