WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 12, December 2013

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President's Message

Ruby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Warm greetings and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from the World Allergy Organization!

We have just returned home after a very successful WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics in Chicago, IL, USA where we had 390 delegates, representing 43 countries from around the world. In addition, we had over 40 key experts in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology from around the world that came to share their expertise on the current advances and future research needs in immunotherapy and biologics and their impact on understanding and treating increasingly complex allergic diseases and asthma in the individual patient. This first-of-its-kind Symposium on these very important and timely topics was an outstanding success! 

Over the past 62 years, since its foundation in 1951, WAO has demonstrated the excellent results achieved by the best minds from around the world coming together to do the critical work in allergy/immunology [...] Read more >>

1st WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics in Chicago, IL, a Success

From 13-14 December 2013 in Chicago, IL, United States, 390 attendees from 43 countries gathered for the first WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics. A faculty of 40 internationally recognized experts reported on therapeutic advances, clinical breakthroughs, and research needs related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of allergic diseases and asthma which now affect 30-40% of the world’s population. The Symposium’s main focus was on the current advances and future research needs in immunotherapy and biologics and their impact on understanding and treating increasingly complex allergic diseases and asthma in the individual patient.

Pictured Above: Chairs of the WAO Symposium, Prof. Ruby Pawankar, WAO President, and Prof. Lanny J. Rosenwasser, WAO President-Elect

WISC 2014

Save the Dates!

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2014 and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunopathology

World Allergy Training School (WATS) in Zimbabwe

A World Allergy Training School took place in Zimbabwe on 25-26 November. This WAO program was in collaboration with ACAAI, IUIS and the Zimbabwe Allergy Society, along with the participation of the Ministry of Health, WHO, and the local medical societies in Zimbabwe. Prof. Pawankar, Prof. Ansotegui, Dr. Wallace, and Prof. Valenta were the faculty in the Training School. There were 75 attendees, most of which were from Zimbabwe, and a few travelled from five neighboring countries (Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and South Africa).

The WATS delegates from outside Zimbabwe were sponsored by the ACAAI and WAO. Following the WATS, we jointly organized a symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases with the faculty’s participation, in the afternoon of 26 November and morning of 27 November. There was national TV and radio coverage that gave wide media attention to this initiative.

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

Social Media at the WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics

The twitter feed and other WAO social media sites gathered a lot of activity! WAO would like to thank everyone who participated. Special thanks to those on site who participated in the live Twitter feed. WAO reached an outstanding 35,646 users on Twitter, with 103 posts.


December 2013
Volume 6
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD
Chief Editor


A global survey of changing patterns of food allergy burden in children
Prescott SL, Pawankar R, Allen KJ, Campbell DE, Sinn JKH, Fiocchi A, Ebisawa M, Sampson HA, Beyer K, Lee BW
United States of America
Provisional Abstract (and PDF) 


Asthma and the socio-economic reality in Brazil
Costa E, Bregman M, Araujo DV, Costa CH, Rufino R
Full Text

Insights, attitudes, and perceptions about asthma and its treatment: Findings from a multinational survey of patients from Latin America
Maspero JS, Jardim JR, Aranda A, Tassinari CP, González-Díaz SN, Sansores RH, Moreno-Cantu JJ, Fish JE
Full Text


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The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information. – Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser

Medical Journal Reviews

Editor's Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

The evidence base about acute and longer-term management of food allergy is weak and needs to be strengthened

Read this and all reviews 

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Atopic Dermatitis - Disease Etiology and Clinical Management

Edited by Jorge Esparza-Gordillo and Itaru Dekio

Reviewed by Juan Carlos Aldave, MD

Read the review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Near-roadway air pollutants decrease children's lung function

Read this and all article reviews

Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra, MD
Juan Felix Aldave Pita, MD

The Epidemiology of Anaphylaxis in Europe: A Systematic Review (Panesar SS, et al, 2013)

Read this month’s summaries:

Read past summaries

What's New

WAO White Book on Allergy: Update 2013

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is pleased to announce the WAO White Book on Allergy: Update 2013. The WAO White Book on Allergy provides evidence about the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases worldwide and offers “high level” recommendation for action on allergy education for health care professions and enhanced patient service provision.

The 2013 Update contains:

  • Updated Introduction and Executive Summary
  • New Chapter on Severe Asthma
  • Updated Chapters with new information containing the latest data, evidences, and treatments

WAO Junior Members Group - December Member News!

Two members of the WAO Junior Members Group (JMG) had presentations during the symposium as part of the WAO Junior Member Session Practical Course on Immunotherapy:

Current Status and Future Perspectives of Immunotherapy in Latin America and Cuba | Alexander Diaz Rodriguez (Cuba)
Use of New Technology to Improve Utilization and Adherence to Immunotherapy | Ves Dimov

Visit the Junior Members News for all of the details!

WAO TV - New Videos!

WAO TV has a new series, Scientific Interviews with Experts. Each month a WAO Junior Member interviews an author who has had an important paper recently published in a major allergy journal. Watch the new Interviews:

From the WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics

Prof. Ruby Pawankar, President of WAO is interviewed by Dr. Ves Dimov about her presidency at WAO.
Access Video

Dr. Sally Wenzel is interviewed on her research: Dupilumab in Persistent Asthma with Elevated Eosinophil Levels.
Access Video

Prof. Mario Sanchez-Borges is interviewed on the new WAO paper, “Hypersensitivity reaction to non beta-lactam antimicrobial agents”.
Access Vide

Dr. Robert Townley interviewed on his abstract, "IL 13, IL 33, Lebrikizumab and Asthma" during the WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics.
Access Video

Other New Scientific Interviews with Experts

Dr. Matteo Bonini is interviewed on his research by Dr. Silvia Sánchez García: Beta2-agnoists for exercise induced asthma.
Access Video

WAO would like to thank Dr. Ves Dimov for his time interviewing for WAO TV during the Symposium and for his ongoing support of this feature of the WAO website that shares the thoughts of experts on scientific topics of importance to WAO member societies.

New! WAO Interactive Case Report

A case of recurrent exophthalmos
by Neetu Talreja, MD and Richard F. Lockey, MD
Access the case

Edited by Dr. Bob Lanier, WAO Interactive Case Reports provide an opportunity to test your knowledge and make a diagnosis on an unusual case history.
View all available topics

 World Allergy Week 2014

Save the Date: WAO, in collaboration with its Member Societies, will host World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April) on the theme of Anaphylaxis — When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal.

Member Societies: Click here to download the World Allergy Week 2014 logo for your website and be sure to link the logo back to WorldAllergyWeek.org

WAO will continue to provide updates about World Allergy Week 2014 resources and activities in the WAO News & Notes.

WAO on Social Media

WAO’s social media pages bring you up-to-date information about current news and events of interest to allergists/ immunologists. You also get updates on future meetings, scientific content, and what is new at www.worldallergy.org.

WAO would like to thank its followers:
Now over 1,300 followers on Twitter and 1,100 likes on Facebook!
Visit both pages for the latest WAO news!

Twitter: @worldallergy

Facebook: facebook.com/worldallergyorg

PhARF Award 2014

The Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF) welcomes you to nominate a candidate for the 2014 PhARF Award. The objective of PhARF is to encourage progress in allergy research, specifically through the PhARF Award, which is aimed at recognizing outstanding younger investigators. The Award amounts to 50,000 USD.

Nomination Deadline: 31 December 2013
To nominate, click here.