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World Allergy Organization Concludes 3rd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2014) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr. Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - President, World Allergy Organization

From 6-9 December 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, 2312 participants from 61 countries came together for the 3rd World Allergy Organization (WAO) International Scientific Conference (WISC 2014) and the XLI Annual Congress of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI).

Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser, President of the World Allergy Organization, said, “On behalf of WAO, I want to thank the 163 speakers who took the time and effort to attend the conference and stimulate meaningful dialog and discussion throughout the program. Our appreciation also goes to our sponsors for their generous support which makes a conference of this magnitude possible, and our heartfelt thanks go to the delegates and the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.” Dr. Rosenwasser further said, “I would also like to express my appreciation to all of the individuals on the WISC Steering Committee, Local Organizing Committee, Scientific Program Committee, and Conference Organizing Committee (http://www.worldallergy.org/wisc2014/committees/) for all of their hard work to make WISC 2014 such a success.”

Highlights from the Conference included:

  • Opening Ceremony with guest speaker Carlos Enaldo de Araujo Pacheco, Counselor of Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Rio de Janeiro (CREMERJ)
  • 3 Keynote Lectures by Lanny Rosenwasser, Jorge Kalil, and John Cambier
  • 6 Plenary Sessions including:
    • Immunotherapy and Immunological Aspects of Allergic Disease
    • Clinical Aspects of Sublingual Immunotherapy and Subcutaneous Immunotherapy
    • Innate Immunity in Allergy: Sentinel role of the Epithelium and Microbiome
    • Biologics and Novel Treatments for Allergic Disease
    • The Evolving World of Food Allergy
    • Food Allergy 2014 and into the Future
  • 27 Symposia
  • 23 Postgraduate Sessions
  • 12 Junior Member Practical Courses
  • 27 travel grant awards to WAO Junior Members
  • 348 abstracts displayed in Poster Sessions; 25 of those received an Outstanding Abstract Award. The award winners were:
Gabriela Andrade C. Dias Arelis Mas Quintero
Eduardo Costa F. Silva Andrea Mikkelsen
Jane Da Silva Akio Mori
Roxana Samalea Diaz Beni Morgenstern
Peter Friedrich Eberle Kumiko Morita
Cibele Marina Gaido Priscila Palhas
Pedro Giavina-Bianchi Nathalia Pessoa Simis
Anete Grumach Wendy Ramirez Gonzalez
Tanja Grzetic-Romcevic Carmen Rondon
Erika Jensen-Jarolim Regina Maria Selb
Smita Joshi Keity Souza Santos
Laila Karra Hoang Kim Tu Trinh
Desiree Larenas – Linneman  

For more information, visit the Online Scientific Program