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World Allergy Organization
WAO's mission: To be a global resource and advocate in the field of allergy, advancing excellence in clinical care through education, research and training as a world-wide alliance of allergy and clinical immunology societies.

Member News - March 2011

Next Week is World Allergy Week! 4 - 10 April 2011

WAO encourages all Member Societies to help disseminate the message of Allergic Diseases as a Global Public Health Concern.

What your efforts will do:
1. Help highlight the needs of patients with allergic and immunologic diseases and asthma
2. Provide information about the prevalence of these disorders
3. Explain the global need for medical professional education and patient care services.

Get your online materials and view recommended activities at:

Just Released! WAO White Book on Allergy

The WAO White Book on Allergy, edited by Professors Ruby Pawankar, Stephen T. Holgate, G. Walter Canonica, and Richard F. Lockey, contains chapters on various allergic diseases and individual reports contributed by several WAO Member Societies. The new book outlines the data which indicate that allergy is a major global public health issue, and provides “high level” recommendation for action based on the member society reports on allergy education and service provision requirements. It will be a major resource for societies, physicians, health planners, politicians, universities, private health funders, the public and national health agencies.

To view the White Book, go to:

Member Societies

WAO Welcomes Five New Member Societies!
WAO now consists of 89 regional and national allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies from around the world. Congratulations and Welcome to WAO!

New WAO Associate Member Societies:
- Belarus Association of Allergology & Clinical Immunology
- Iranian Society of Asthma and Allergy
- Moldavian Society of Allergology and Immunology
- Tunisian Society of respiratory Diseases and Allergology

New WAO Affiliate Member Organization:
British Society for Immunology

We also congratulate and thank the WAO Board of Directors, the Emerging Societies Program, Credentials Committee, and all WAO Members for their contributions and dedication to WAO's ever-expanding global outreach and success!

WAO Member Society Forum in San Francisco: Post-Meeting Update
Thank you! to everyone who attended the WAO Member Society Forum in San Francisco during the 2011 AAAAI Annual Meeting. During the Forum, the WAO Leadership was pleased to announce and discuss the following activities & initiatives:

World Allergy Week 2011: 4-11 April
NEW! WAO Junior Members Group
WAO White Book on Allergy

Thank you for your participation - we look forward to seeing you at the next Member Society Forum in Istanbul during the 2011 EAACI Congress this June! 

A World Allergy Forum (WAF) session on the topic of Allergic Diseases, Asthma and Sleep Disturbances was presented at the 2011 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (USA) on Saturday, 19 March.

Moderated by Richard F. Lockey, President, WAO, and Mark Ballow, President, AAAAI, the speakers addressed the upper airway, asthma and sleep disorders in children (Athanasios Kaditis, Greece), upper airway and sleep disorders in adults, (Richard J. Schwab, USA), and treatment of sleep apnea and sleep disorders in all age groups (W. McDowell Anderson, USA). Approximately 300 delegates attended this session.

To view abstracts and slides from this forum, visit:

This World Allergy Forum session was sponsored by an unrestricted grant from:

Introducing the WAO Junior Members Group!
The new WAO Junior Members Group aims to support and encourage young scientists and clinicians by providing the opportunity for them to contribute to the ongoing work of the WAO - and become future WAO leaders!

To apply for the WAO Junior Members Group, applicants must be:

• Working in the field of allergy/clinical immunology
• 35 years of age or under
• A current member of a WAO Member Society

If you are a qualifying member of a WAO Member Society, or if you know someone who would be interested, please visit for further information and to complete an electronic application.

We look forward to your involvement in the new WAO Junior Members Group!

Attention Member Society Presidents: 2011 Membership Renewals are Due 15 April 2011
As a friendly reminder, all 2011 Membership Dues and Annual Activity Reports are due to Kate Kirchner no later than 15 April 2011. Contact Kate at: with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

WAC 2011 – XXII World Allergy Congress Update
The Preliminary Scientific Program of the XXII World Allergy Congress is now
available online. To download the Preliminary Program and Call for Abstracts, go to:

The Abstract Submission site of the World Allergy Congress is now open. We invite and encourage you to contribute your own research for review through the Abstract Submission Site. Abstracts will be programmed in Oral Abstract and Thematic Poster Sessions on the 5, 6 and 7 of December. The World Allergy Organization is especially eager to highlight accepted abstracts from our Junior Members. Junior Members are also encouraged to submit an application for a WAO Travel Grant. This application can be found within the Abstract Submission Site at:

Register today to interact and exchange ideas with over 5,000 international delegates consisting of researchers,
clinicians, physicians and other allied health professionals from over eighty countries.  To register today at
the Early Registration rate go to:

For the latest information on the World Allergy Congress, visit our website at

World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis

On behalf of WAO, Estelle Simons will present the "World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis" toward improved patient care worldwide at the upcoming Middle East-Asia Allergy, Immunology Congress to be held 28-30th April 2011 in Dubai, UAE. The objectives of this presentation are:

  • To educate physicians worldwide in the assessment and management of anaphylaxis,
  • To equip physicians with tools that will help in making the correct diagnosis and providing the most effective treatment for anaphylaxis
  • To create and raise awareness in patients toward improved management

To read the "World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis," please visit:

Education Resources
Looking for online CME opportunities or the chance to test your knowledge on allergy, asthma and immunology topics? WAO offers interactive, case-based learning on Food Allergy and Drug Allergy and a lecture series on Immunology.

Read summaries of the latest literature on allergy as well as medical book reviews in WAO Reviews at:

If you would like to review book a book and publish your review on the WAO website, please contact the WAO editorial staff at:

Find valuable information on the link between Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis in the new online lecture series, and read the latest additions to the WAO Allergic Diseases Resource Center.

New! WAO Interactive Case Report
Episodic Violent Cough: A Tale of Two Boys
Sha Li, MD
Attending Physician
Capital Institute of Pediatrics
Beijing, China

Bob Lanier, MD
Clinical Professor
University of North Texas
Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas USA

View the report at:

WAO is now accepting applications for US placements of the GLORIA Angioedema Module!

This year's US GLORIA Module focuses on Hereditary Angioedema (HAE); a difficult disease to manage, which presents challenges for both patient and physician. Fortunately, there have been great strides in its management recently, and the GLORIA HAE Module has been updated by an international panel of experts to provide a review of new therapies.

US GLORIA welcomes applications from Regional, State and Local US Allergy Societies to apply for a placement. Please submit your application online.

Sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Viropharma.


WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award 2011

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 Cancún, México, December 4-8, 2011.

For more information or to submit an application, please email Deadline for applications is 30 June 2011.

Research Award Overview
Research Award Flyer