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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.

Read more about the WAO 2014 Center of Excellence


A WAO Center of Excellence is identified as a multidisciplinary group, based in an academic institution, encompassing three or more subspecialties/organ systems, with the following components:

  • The WCOE should have a clear mission in line with WAO’s mission with the purpose and aims for advancing allergy, asthma and clinical immunology as a multidisciplinary field.
  • The WCOE should have a well established organization with good governance and infrastructure and recognized mentors in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology
  • The WCOE should have a well established research department and have published manuscripts in peer reviewed journals.
  • The WCOE should have diverse faculty representing three or more clinical specialties who will form the executive or selection committee locally
  • A letter of support from the member society and as needed the Dean’s office or equivalent administrative office
  • A sponsorship letter from at least one WAO Selection Committee Member
  • Personal visit by one of the selection committee members. WCOE applying can organize it at their expense. It is important that this sponsor have this personal knowledge of the proposed center

A WAO Center of Excellence should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Research: Specified areas in basic and clinical research, with goals for multidisciplinary activities
  • Clinical Aspects: Should have recognized programs engaged in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and clinical innovation. Should be able to participate in national, patient registry
  • Education and Training: Present a clearly articulated recognized education/training program serving the mission of WAO
  • Networking/ Advocacy: Potential advocacy activities (i.e., programming, education) with patients, patient groups, lay community, and government


The benefits of becoming a WAO Centers of Excellence include:

  • Providing scientific support in the development and dissemination of global educational resources
  • Providing mentorship for research and training for WAO Junior Members (societies can be involved in recommending Junior Members)
  • Collaboration opportunities through lectureships and research fellowships with other WCOEs to further education and research
  • Conducting educational programs in collaboration with WAO, including Webinars
  • Collaborating in Primary Care Physician programs of WAO

Get an application and submit via email to Amanda Hegg (

Application deadline is 15 July 2014.

WAO Centers of Excellence Selection Committee Members

Ruby Pawankar
Lanny Rosenwasser Mario Sanchez Borges
  Francesca Levi-Schaffer G. Walter Canonica