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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 - July 2011

Society Presidents and primary contacts should have received an email from WAO last week requesting an official selection of their 2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates representatives. Please be sure your society has completed the selection by using the electronic form prior to 7 September 2011. If you are a society leader and have not yet received your information email, please contact Kate at Thank you!

REMINDER: the WAO House of Delegates Meeting will take place on 7 December 2011, during the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún, México, 4-8 December. Officially appointed 2011-2013 Delegates will receive the meeting invitation and additional details later this fall. This will be a closed (invitation-only) WAO meeting.

WAO Presidents and primary contacts have been requested by email to complete a short survey to help WAO obtain a current overview of the status of global allergy training provision. The results of this survey will be used toward preparing for the WAO Specialty and Training Council session on allergy training worldwide being offered during the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún this December.

WAO Presidents and primary contacts are kindly asked to complete the questionnaire on behalf of your society by 25 July 2011. If you are a society leader and have not received the email request from WAO, please contact Kate Kirchner at Thank you.

To document and celebrate the past 60 years of this vibrant and global organization, four articles have been published so far by the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) under the "Notes of Allergy Watchers" series. The latest two published articles are listed below and are also featured in the July issue of the WAO Journal.

History of the World Allergy Organization: XVII ICACI, Sydney 2000 – Innovations for the New Millenium,” by Constance H. Katelaris

History of the World Allergy Organization: The Emerging Societies Program,” by Constance H. Katelaris

To view the other history articles, please go to the WAO Journal.

US GLORIA™ 2011-2012 Placements

WAO is pleased to announce four upcoming US GLORIA Program placements on Angioedema:
Broward Palm Beach Allergy Society, October 2011
Florida Allergy Asthma Immunology Society, June 2012
Louisiana State Allergy Society, June 2012
Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology, August 2012

For more information on the US GLORIA program, please visit

The US GLORIA Program on Angioedema is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Viropharma.


By Virginia Bellido-Linares, MD

Dear Colleagues,

Now that a WAO Junior Members Group has been created, we have our own presence within this organization; so we must take advantage of this opportunity! The first step is to become a member by signing up on the website (, and then taking part in the group!

It is very important for WAO Junior Members to promote and contribute to the scientific content of all scientific meetings, and we will have our first opportunity during the upcoming World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) 4-8 December 2011 in Cancún. We are looking for young clinicians and scientists who are involved in interesting lines of research, and the next Congress provides junior clinicians and researchers with a place to disseminate their knowledge. Sometimes it is difficult for junior physicians and scientists to get to a place as a speaker. We are in the beginning of our research careers, and many senior professionals in our field have very interesting and important things to present after years of study; for this reason, it can be difficult for us to compete for a place in the program. But finally, the WAC 2011 Scientific Program will have a place for us! The planned forums will be a perfect time to share not only scientific knowledge with our peers, but to get the attention of an international audience at all phases in their professions, because we will invite all those interested in the topics of our program.

We should take full advantage of all the WAO resources available to the WAO Junior Member Group, such as research fellowships when these are offered, and updates on allergy training resources that you can easily access on the WAO website, as well as the opportunity to publish citable works such as the educational synopses in the WAO Allergic Disease Resource Center ( ) or WAO Interactive Case Reports ( Those are only a few examples of the wide range of possibilities that WAO has ready for all of us.

So I encourage you to join the WAO Junior Member Group and take advantage of the chance to interact with other juniors interested in same field and with world allergy experts, as well as to participate in this year’s Congress and future WAO conferences.

Your participation is essential in helping the new WAO Junior Member Group to grow as an outstanding scientific group!

We are 70 members and growing! Visit our website today at

See you in Cancún!

Sunday, 31 July 2011, Midnight, US Central time

Do you have an interesting case report to share with your colleagues? Submit your case report as an abstract today! Case reports that include significant findings and have applied appropriate statistical and analytical methods will be considered for presentation at the XXII World Allergy Congress.

Click here to submit your abstract.

WAC 2011 is the perfect opportunity to present your research on a global stage and have it peer reviewed by prominent experts in the field.

WAC 2011 Launches Abstract Submission Contests: Opportunity to Be Showcased as Featured Authors
The World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) organizers are pleased to announce two contests in which those submitting abstracts may participate toward enhanced visibility as authors. These contests provide an opportunity to be part of the global reach of WAO to allergists/immunologists through the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) and the education features of the WAO website.

All abstracts submitted on case reports will be considered for selection by the Abstract Review Committee as potential WAO Interactive Case Reports, which are published online and can be cited on CVs. (For examples, see The winning authors will be showcased as WAO Website Featured Abstract Authors during the Congress.

All abstract authors, in addition, may elect to submit a paper to the WAO Journal based on their presentation. If the paper is chosen for publication by 1 October 2011, the author will be showcased as a WAO Journal Featured Abstract Author.

All featured authors from both contests will be identified as winners on their posters or oral abstract presentations and in the WAC 2011 Final Program.


Mastocytosis: Where Are We Now?
Odette McNeill, MD, FRACP
Constance H. Katelaris, MD, FRACP, PhD

University of Western Sydney
Department of Allergy and Immunology, Campbelltown Hospital

Click here to view the synopsis.

Click here to view all titles in the ADRC.


11 August - 13 August
Argentenian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC) Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Richard Lockey will be presenting a WAO lecture.

12 August - 14 August
Indian Academy of Allergy (IAA) 2011 Congress (IAACON 2011)
Bangalore, India
Lanny Rossenwasser will give a WAO lecture on "Small Airways Disease."

WAO Program in China
The Chinese Allergy Society (CSA) and the World Allergy Organization are co-hosting a Joint Scientific Symposium, 14-16 October in Chengdu, China, in conjunction with the bi-annual scientific meeting of the CSA.

As the only world federation of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology national and regional societies, the WAO works to advance the field worldwide and does that, to a large extent, by collaborating with its Member Societies. WAO welcomes every chance to work with a Member Society and appreciates all such opportunities to collaborate. Scientific meetings play a major role in strengthening and advancing our field, and your dialogues and exchanges in the course of this meeting.

Deadline for applications extended: 15 August 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