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World Allergy Organization
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.

Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD

Dr. Lanny J. Rosenwasser is the Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Pediatric Immunology Research and Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy/Immunology Division, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.  He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of Medicine.  For 17 years, Dr. Rosenwasser was the Stephen and Marjorie Raphael Chair in Asthma Research and Professor in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.  He was also Professor of Medicine and Immunology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Rosenwasser is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is currently President of WAO and he is presently Editor in Chief of the WAO Journal and has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Immunology, Cellular Immunology, Genes and Immunity and the International Archives of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  Dr. Rosenwasser has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Year Book of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology  from 1994-2006. 

Dr. Rosenwasser has published over 170 original publications as well as invited reviews and book chapters in several prestigious journals. Dr. Rosenwasser has also served on a number of government and foundation committees for grant review.  Dr. Rosenwasser’s research interests include the molecular, cellular and genetic regulation of cytokines, the genetics of atopy and asthma, the role of cytokines in asthma, and vasculitis. Dr. Rosenwasser is one of the discoverers of the cytokine Interleukin-1 and was amongst the first to identify cytokine genetic variants in allergy and asthma.

Dr. Rosenwasser received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and in 1997 received the Solomon A. Berson Alumni Achievement Award for research in clinical science from NYU.  He also received the NIAID Allergic Diseases Academic Award (1984-1989).