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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 - June 2011

WAO Sessions Held at EAACI 2011, Istanbul

The 30th Annual Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 11-15 June 2011, where the excellent scientific program and exiting venue attracted a record number of delegates. Congratulations to all concerned on the excellent Congress, and special thanks to EAACI for hosting the WAO sessions. The World Allergy Forum (WAF), and the session presented by the WAO Small Airways Working Group, were extremely popular, and attendance and participation at the WAO Member Society Forum was outstanding.

World Allergy Forum

Thank you to the more than 400 delegates who attended the World Allergy Forum, “Urticaria: Different Phenotypes and Diverse Treatments,” on 14 June in Istanbul, with Chairs, EAACI President Jan Lötvall and WAO President, Richard Lockey. WAO thanks the Chairs as well as speakers Malcolm Greaves, Marcus Maurer and Allen Kaplan for their engaging presentations looking at different forms of urticaria and the available treatment options, with Allen Kaplan providing pragmatic advice about how and when to investigate urticaria. The slides and abstracts of this session are available in the World Allergy Forum section of the WAO website.

WAO Small Airways Working Group

The Small Airways Symposium, “Why are Small Airways Important to Asthma?” was presented on 12 June and attended by nearly 250 delegates. WAO would like to send a special “thank you” to the speakers, Lanny Rosenwasser, Antoine Magnan, and Thomas Casale, and the session Chairs, EAACI President-Elect Cezmi Akdis and WAO President Richard Lockey. The speakers, who are also members of the Steering Committee, discussed issues related to the pathophysiology and physiology of small airways disease, and particle deposition and pharmacotherapy of small airways disease.

WAO is delighted that Veselin Dimov has just joined the Small Airways Working Group as editor of the group’s dedicated website to help expand WAO’s activities in this area. The website has been created to host information about small airways disease, and it will become an increasingly important repository for literature and other resources on this topic. (See

WAO Member Society Forum

As per tradition, the EAACI Congress was the venue for a WAO Member Society Forum, and WAO was delighted to welcome representatives from more than 25 Member Societies from around the world. WAO President, Richard Lockey, welcoming and thanking those present, explained that the Forum provides the opportunity for WAO’s Executive Committee and Board members to meet member society representatives, learn about the activities and needs of Member Societies, update them on WAO’s programs, and solicit ideas and comments from the membership.

An exciting new global initiative is the WAO Junior Members Group which was launched earlier this year. Membership of the group is open to allergists 35 years of age or under, or those who are within 5 years of completion of training. An enthusiastic Steering Committee of juniors is moving the group forward in preparation for leadership elections in Cancún during the XXII World Allergy Congress (4-8 December), as well as Junior Member Group activities during the Congress. The aim of the group will be to provide an international and interactive forum for junior members, helping with career and leadership development.

Friendly Reminder: Member Societies, please nominate one national representative to the WAO Junior Members Group to act as liaison between WAO and your member society. Contact Kate Kirchner with your nominations ( To register as a WAO Junior Member, visit the website at Read about the group’s most recent activities in the article written by Steering Committee member, Sylvia Sánchez Garcia.

An update on the meeting of the WAO Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) International Alliance in Istanbul was provided. The Steering Committee, representing WAO’s regions, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Timothy Craig, and a panel of invited experts reviewed the first draft of a global consensus document on the management of this challenging condition. With prevalence estimated at 1 in 50,000 of the population in some countries, a correct diagnosis is often missed, and availability of treatments is very variable. The consensus document will establish optimal management strategies based on availability of therapies, and will be an important resource to the physicians and patients who have to manage this disease. Visit the WAO HAE International Alliance page on the WAO website.

The latest news about the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún, México 4-8 December was shared. An informative newsletter, the “Cancún Insider,” which is focused on the Congress, goes out weekly to WAO Member Societies and is also archived on the website. Members can keep up-to-date on all new developments to the Scientific Program, new Allied Health Session, social program, the Cancún area, and more. (See

Friendly Reminder: Please link your websites to the Congress website, and promote attendance among your members.

WAO President-Elect Ruby Pawankar and Past-President G. Walter Canonica, encouraged Member Societies to make use of the recently published WAO White Book on Allergy to promote the need for allergy service provision to meet the increasing worldwide burden of allergic diseases. Forty-three Member Societies submitted reports about the status of allergy services provision and training resources in their countries, and these can be translated by the societies for use as an advocacy tool at the local level. The new publication, either in full or in summary, can be translated into local languages. The WAO Secretariat can provide the copyright notice to be used. Download the White Book on Allergy and all WAO publications from the WAO website at:

Mario Sánchez-Borges, WAO Treasurer, announced a number of new WAO Position Papers and Statements being developed with regional representation, all of which will help define and promote the field of allergy and immunology. These include “Biodiversity Hypothesis and Allergic Disease, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria and Angioedema – a Global Perspective,” “Testing for IgE Sensitization and Interpreting Results,” and “Risks and Safety Requirements for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures in Allergology.”

WAO Member Societies will next convene at the House of Delegates in Cancún on Wednesday, 7 December, 13:15 to 16:30, in the Auditorium (ground level) of the Cancún Center Conventions & Exhibitions.


The US GLORIA Program is accepting applications for 1 more placement on Angioedema in 2011-2012!

The WAO GLORIA module on Angioedema has been recently updated and offers exciting insights into new treatments. Regional, state and local allergy societies in the US are invited to submit applications. Accepted placements have already been scheduled for the Broward Palm Beach Allergy Society (Fall 2011), the Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology (Summer 2012), and the Florida Allergy Asthma Immunology Society (Summer 2012).

To submit an application, click the following link: US GLORIA 2011 Angioedema Application, or email Kate Kirchner at:, if you have any questions. Sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Viropharma.

History of the World Allergy Organization Documented

The seeds of the World Allergy Organization were sown in 1951 when leaders in allergy from all over the world came together to form the International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (IAACI). To celebrate the 60-year Diamond Anniversary of this vibrant and global organization, the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) is publishing a series of articles written by WAO’s past and present leaders, in the “Notes of Allergy Watchers” editorial series. This History of the World Allergy Organization traces the global arc of the allergy and asthma field over the past 60 years, and it will be fascinating reading for allergists everywhere. Read the first two editorials, “History of the World Allergy Organization: ICACI XI, London 1982, Planning and Results,” by Robert J. Davies, and “History of the World Allergy Organization: The Miyamoto Years of 1991-1994, ICACI XIV in Kyoto, 1991,” by Terumasa Miyamoto.

WAC 2011 Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June!

The Early Registration deadline for the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Cancún, México 4-8 December, is just six days away.

Take advantage of the Early Registration rate. Click here to register TODAY!

Three reasons why you should attend the XXII World Allergy Congress in México this December:

• Excellent scientific programming
• Global networking and outreach
• Warm hospitality of the Mexican people

WAC Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June 2011

Participate in the scientific program of the leading global congress in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology! Click here to submit your abstracts before the deadline date!

New Horizon Sessions at WAC
Attend cutting-edge New Horizon Sessions scheduled for either half-day or full-day sessions on 4 and 8 December. Eight sessions are designed to showcase the latest science in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. Delegates will hear in-depth, varied perspectives from the premier presenters in the field on topics that include Advances in Food Allergy, Asthma and Co-morbid conditions, Asthma in Children, Drug Allergy, Is Your Patient Immunodeficient?, Novel Scientific Approaches in Allergic and Respiratory Diseases, Skin Diseases and Specific Immunotherapy. Read more for featured speakers.

Apply for WAO Travel Grants
Are you a medical professional under the age of 35 or within 5 years of your last training program in allergy, asthma, clinical immunology?

Apply for a Travel Grant and submit your abstract before 30 June! Travel Grant Applications MUST be submitted at the same time as an abstract is submitted and only through the Abstract Submission website. The Travel Grant Application Form is available by clicking here.  For more information about Travel Grants, click here.

Attention WAO Member Societies: Participate in the WAC 2011 Member Society Village!
Continuing the WAC tradition of promoting WAO Member Societies to the registrants of the World Allergy Congress, a Member Society Village area is being planned for 4-7 December. As individuals pass through the Village, your society - through members staffing the booth - will be able to interact with potential and current members, as well as highlight its activities. (Pictured: WAC 2009 Member Society Village: Latin American and Brazilian Societies)
If your society is interested in participating, please email us as at:

New Synopsis in the Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Vaccination and the Risk of Atopy and Asthma
Authors: Menachem Rottem, MD – Emek Medical Center, Afula; Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Reviewer: Gailen Marshall, MD, PhD – University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA

View the synopsis
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EAACI Launches NEW Patient Information Website

The European Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (EAACI) has launched an extensive patient information resource online:

WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award - 2011

Deadline for applications: 30 June 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

Research Award Overview
Research Award Flyer


It is with fond rememberance and sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Dr. Freddie Hargreave, President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare. Many of us in the field of allergy/immunology and other disciplines know him as a leader in respiratory medicine who greatly impacted the quality of patient care around the world. We send our sympathies to his family.

Read message from Dr. David A. Higgins, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare.