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28 November 2011
Media Contact:

Sofia Dorsano,

World Allergy Congress presents scientific advancements in allergy,
asthma, and clinical immunology

CANCÚN – One of the largest scientific meetings in allergy and clinical immunology will take place at the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún, México, December 4-8, 2011.

The World Allergy Congress will be attended by more than 3,500 physicians, medical professionals and scientists from 85 countries. The scientific program consists of 205 sessions on allergic disease including symposia, plenary sessions, debates, workshops, programs for allied health professionals, and university training programs, delivered by a faculty of 250 international experts. More than 700 abstracts for free presentations were accepted from clinicians around the world, and travel grants have been awarded to 84 junior clinicians.

Allergic diseases and asthma are increasing worldwide and up to 30% of the world population may now be affected by some form of allergy. The complexity and severity of allergic disorders, including asthma, continue to increase especially in children and young adults. New research and international expert consensus recommendations will be presented that will impact on the future management of these globally prevalent conditions.

Members of the media receive complementary full-access registration to the Congress. For information on how to register, please view the WAO Press Information page.

News Releases
Read summaries of newsworthy research to be presented at the Congress.

Measuring the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatment for hay fever allergy

Blocking of keratinocytic TSLP may limit epicutaneous sensitization and prevent atopic march

Specific recognition of the major birch pollen allergen Bet v 1 programs dendritic cells to induce either Th2 or tolerogenic responses

Interactive patient education online might improve adherence to treatment
Press release also available in Portuguese

XXII World Allergy Congress Information
The WAC 2011 section of the WAO website contains all the information you need to prepare for the meeting.

Final Program
WAO Press Policies, Press Room Information and Registration

We look forward to seeing you in Cancun!

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international alliance of 89 regional and national allergy, asthma and immunology societies. Through collaboration with its Member Societies WAO provides a wide range of educational and outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to allergists/immunologists around the world and conducts initiatives related to clinical practice, service provision, and physical training in order to better understand and address the challenges facing allergists/immunologists worldwide. For more information, visit


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