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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 - December 2011

Delegates from 85 Countries Welcomed at the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011)

From 4-8 December in Cancún, México, 3,517 delegates from 85 countries gathered for the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011), one of the largest allergy/immunology scientific meetings in the world. In his opening remarks, Richard F. Lockey, WAO President, reminisced with delegates. Read more>>


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Sylvia Sánchez-García, MD
Co-Chair, WAO Junior Members Group

Congratulations to WAO Junior Members for a Successful Meeting in Cancún!

After so many months of waiting, finally it was time for the World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México. For the World Allergy Organization members at large, this was the XXII Congress, but for the WAO Junior Members Group, this meeting had a special meaning in the sense that it was our very first Congress as a formal group.

Much excitement, many nerves and feelings, and lots of preparations were part of just four days of meeting. We programmed several activities. Read more>>

PhARF Award 2012

It is now time to nominate your candidate for the 2012 PhARF Award. The objective of PhARF is to encourage progress in allergy research, specifically through the PhARF Award, which is aimed at recognizing outstanding younger investigators. The Award amounts to $50,000 USD.

Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2011. To nominate, click here.

WAO Committee Updates

"Clinical Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Allergy" (CUPPA) to Be Presented at the 6th Milan International Scientific Meeting on Food Allergy, 10-11 February 2012

WAO is about to publish the first release of the new document, “Clinical Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Allergy” (CUPPA), which will be the first position statement to address this issue in the field of food allergy. CUPPA, first presented during the XXII World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México this month, will be officially presented during the 6th Milan International Scientific Meeting on Food Allergy, Not Everybody’s Cup of Tea, to be held in Milan on 10-11 February 2012. The document is being developed by members of the WAO Special Committee on Food Allergy.

In recent years, a spate of cutting-edge technology and clinical breakthroughs has substantially altered the scientific scene about the way we think about and practice of allergy medicine. While many of these paradigm shifts remain purely experimental, clinical applications are already around the corner. In this age of personalized medicine, it has become clear that the main point of contention is that all these improvements have their specific application and, in plain language, may not be “everybody’s cup of tea.” The 6th Milan International Scientific Meeting on Food Allergy will bring together the latest research from the world’s foremost food allergists, and your own research could be showcased alongside the state-of-the-art in this field.

Find more information online at

WAO Working Group Updates

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

Visit the New Allergic Rhinitis Working Group Website
Access to a broad range of information on allergic rhinitis is available in a new online repository launched by the WAO Allergic Rhinitis Working Group. Online lectures, interactive case reports, slide presentations, audio interviews with experts, educational synopses, and reports of findings from the “Landmark Surveys of Nasal Allergy Sufferers,” are accessible at

Coming soon in 2012! The Working Group is also developing two new online learning modules for release in 2012 based on case histories. In a self-paced interactive program, visitors will be able to move through the case histories and follow links to a number of resources available online on topics of adult and pediatric allergic rhinitis. This will be a free WAO program with universal on-line access.

WAO’s Allergic Rhinitis Working Group website is sponsored through an unrestricted educational grant from Nycomed: A Takeda Company.