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Member News - October 2011


2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates Meeting in Cancún, México

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. This will be a closed WAO meeting (by invitation only).

All invited delegates have a seat and a voice in the House of Delegates Meeting; however only National Member Societies with Good Standing status maintain voting privileges. To check your Society’s status, or to submit late 2011 dues & reports, please contact Kate Kirchner, at as soon as possible. Thank you.


First WAO-CSA Joint Symposium, China, October 2011
WAO has been honored to collaborate with the Chinese Society of Allergology (CSA) for the first WAO-CSA Joint Symposium in conjunction with the Biannual Scientific Meeting of the CSA in Chengdu, China 15-16 October 2011.

WAO sends a special Thank You to the WAO faculty; Professors Motohiro Ebisawa, Connie Katelaris, Hae-Sim Park, Ruby Pawankar, and Lanny Rosenwasser, for their presentations on a wide range of topics which were featured as live English-to-Chinese translations.

Twenty-five Respresentatives from the CIS Region Participate in WAO Emerging Societies Program and World Allergy Training School held in Moscow 17-18 September

The World Allergy Organization, together with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) held activities of the Emerging Societies Program (ESP) in Moscow, Russia on 17-18 September 2011 in collaboration with the CIS Society of Allergology and Immunology.

The 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 new indications for available therapies. The Delegate Meetings of the ESP are structured to enable new and emerging allergy societies to interface with the WAO, and to help them develop their society in a way that will make it compatible with WAO's Membership Criteria. The World Allergy Training School (WATS), the newest ESP outreach activity, helps in capacity building by training representatives from various countries in the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases.

Country Presentation from a Representative of Belarus

On 17 September 2011, the ESP Delegates Meeting was held with 25 representatives from the CIS Region, including representatives from: Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Prof. Richard Lockey performing a Skin-Prick test on Prof. Michael Kaliner

On 18 September 2011 the first World Allergy Training School (WATS) was held for the CIS Region. Thirty-eight primary care physicians (pediatricians, internists, family physicians), as well as dermatologists, infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, ophthalmologists, allergists and ENT doctors from the CIS Region attended the day-long WATS.

For more information about the Emerging Societies Program, please visit:

WAO-ERS Joint Symposium, Amsterdam, 28 September 2011

Thank you to the more than 500 delegates who attended the ERS-WAO Small Airways Joint Symposium, “Why are small airways important in asthma?,” presented during the 2011 ERS Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 28 September.

WAO would like to send a special “Thank You!” to speakers, Professors Peter Howarth (UK), Leif Bjermer (Sweden), Monica Kraft (USA), Nick ten Hacken (Netherlands), and session chairs Peter Barnes (UK) and Lanny Rosenwasser (USA) for their contributions to this greatly received and highly attended session!

The WAO Small Airways Diseases Working Group is funded through an unrestricted educational grant from TEVA Specialty Pharmaceuticals.


By Silvia Sánchez-García

During the last few months since the launch of the WAO Junior Members Group, young allergists from around the world have become involved in organizing the group. It is really satisfying to see how the Junior Members Group is growing every day, step by step, and all the enthusiasm from my colleagues! Their commitment, patience, and dedication are the mainstay of the success of the group.

To date, we are working hard to plan a WAO Junior Members Group Executive Board accommodating the key subject areas and geographical regions defined by WAO... Read more>>


New Synopsis! Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Cow’s Milk Allergy in Children
WAO is honored to be able to post this new synopsis which was contributed by the late Cassim Motala, MD (South Africa) and Alessandro Fiocchi, MD (Italy). 

NEW! Clinical Allergy Tip


by Marianne Frieri, MD

New! WAO Interactive Case Review

Childhood Persistent Snoring

Authors: Michel Alkhalil, MD; Robert Pesek, MD


What is New in Small Airways Research?
View this month’s reviews of new research on small airways by Ves Dimov on the WAO Small Airways Working Group website.


Oral Abstract and Poster Sessions Now Listed in the Online Scientific Program!

The WAC 2011 Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that Oral Abstract and Poster Sessions have been programmed for WAC 2011. The 693 abstracts from 67 countries that have been accepted can now be viewed in the Online Scientific Program.

To emphasize the importance of research by WAC 2011 delegates, all abstract sessions have been scheduled during the lunch hour on 5, 6 and 7 December. No other sessions will take place during this time.

Save Money and Register at the Regular Registration Rate: The Deadline Is 31 October!
After 31 October, the rate for delegate registration will increase to $760 USD.

Take advantage of the Regular Registration of $660 by registering on or before Midnight on Monday, 31 October 2011, US Central Time. Register today!

For more information, go to: