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Member News - August 2011


2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates – Call for Delegate Representatives DEADLINE: 7 SEPTEMBER

Please be sure your society has completed your delegate selection for the 2011-2013 House of Delegates by 7 September 2011. If your delegate selections have not been submitted by 7 September 2011, your society’s President will be automatically appointed as the WAO House of Delegates representative. Please contact Kate at with any questions or concerns. 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 White Book on Allergy – Another Chance to be Included!

Any WAO Society that is currently NOT included in the Survey Report section of the White Book is invited to contribute by completing an online survey.

All surveys must be completed no later than 25 August 2011.

After 25 August, WAO will generate a report based on the data in your completed survey for inclusion in an updated version of the White Book that will be created in time for the World Allergy Congress this December in Cancún.

Please contact the WAO Secretariat at to request the survey link or with any questions. 


Emerging Societies Program, Moscow, 17-18 September

The Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the WAO and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), aims to disseminate information on and share experiences about new treatments for allergic diseases and about new indications for available therapies. In September, the ESP will collaborate with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Society of Immunology and Allergology to host an ESP Delegates Meeting and World Allergy Training School in Moscow, Russia. Over 30 Participants from around the CIS Region will attend.

The ESP Delegates Meeting is a half-day meeting on 17 September, with 1 representative from each CIS country presenting to a group of peers and WAO Leaders. The purpose of the meeting is for WAO and ACAAI to learn more about the challenges faced in countries/regions where the specialty of allergy is either non-existent, or is developing, and how WAO can best assist these efforts.

The main objective of the full day World Allergy Training School (WATS) on 18 September is to develop learning communities, appropriate to a specific regional context, which will help build sustainable capacity in the field of allergy by strengthening already existing knowledge and skills and encouraging local experts to apply this knowledge to further develop the specialty of allergy and to widen the provision of patient care. The World Allergy Training School is for allergists /physicians /general practitioner /researchers with a background in allergy and immunology.

WAO-ERS Joint Symposium, Amsterdam, September 28

The WAO Small Airways Working Group invites you to attend the Small Airways Symposium, “Why are small airways important in asthma?,” to be presented during the 2011 ERS Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday, 28 September from 10:45 am - 12:45 pm in room 4.1 of the Convention Center. We hope to see you there!


Lanny Rosenwasser, USA and Peter Barnes, UK

Peter Howarth, UK - Measuring small airway function
Leif Bjermer, Sweden - Pharmacology of small airways
Monica Kraft, USA - Small airways in asthma
Nick ten Hacken, NL - Therapeutic implications

Programmed by WAO. Funded through an unrestricted educational grant from TEVA Specialty Pharmaceuticals

WAO-CSA Joint Symposium, China, 15-16 October 2011

WAO Faculty and Presentation Titles:
Motohiro Ebisawa, Japan
      Etiology, Diagnosis and Management of Anaphylaxis: What do the guidelines say?
      Current guidelines in the Management of Food Allergy

Connie Katelaris, Australia
      New ideas in the treatment of Hereditary Angioedema
     Allergic Conjunctivitis: new approaches to treatment

Hae-Sim Park, South Korea
     New Concepts on Occupational Asthma: Pathogenesis to treatment
     Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease: Pathomechanisms and current trends for treatment

Ruby Pawankar, Japan
     Understanding and Managing Co-morbidities of Allergic Rhinitis: Asthma, Sinusitis, Otitis media, Sleep
     Immunotherapy and immunomodulators in Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma

Lanny Rosenwasser, USA
     Small Airways Disease: Pathogenesis to particle deposition for treatment
     Eosinophilic Disorders: from Drug Allergy to Eosinophilic eosophagitis


By Ves Dismov

Dear Colleagues,

This month I would like to cover the topic of social media and Internet tools for the allergist. I have been using social media tools for professional purposes for 7 years now, so I speak from a personal perspective on this subject. Read more>>

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Daanish Rashid Roger Fox, MD
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Seizure in a Neonate
A WAO Interactive Case Report
           James Parkerson, DO  Richard F. Lockey, MD
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WAO Small Airways Working Group - New Editor

Ves Dimov, MD has joined the Web Editorial Board as an Editor-at-Large and the content editor of WAO’s Small Airways Working Group website to oversee the ongoing expansion of WAO’s scientific literature database and provide reviews of new research in small airways disease.

In collaboration with Lanny Rosenwasser, MD (Chair) and the Small Airways Working Group Steering Committee, along with Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD, WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Dimov recently completed several important updates to the website, to continually keep the site current and dynamic:

1. Reviewed and updated the scientific literature database/bibliography on small airways diseases.

2. Completed a survey of recent literature on small airways disease for August and added new relevant articles to the database.

3. Wrote the first issue of his monthly reviews of new research on small airways, which are now available online to read. This feature is called "What Is New in Small Airways Research" and can be accessed from the "What's New" box on the website.

4. Added an option for visitors to subscribe to content posted on the home page. Each time a new item is added with regard to the activities for the Small Airways Working Group, an article reviewd, or a description of a new online resources, visitors who have subscribed to the page will find links to those items in their readers/in-boxes.

Congratulations to Drs. Dimov, Rosenwasser and Ivancevich on achieving these important milestones in the development of the Small Airways Working Group!