WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 8, August 2015

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President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

The regular registration rate deadline for WAC 2015 is quickly approaching on 31 August. You can register for the Congress here and registering by 31 August will save you $100 USD on your registration! We look forward to WAC returning to the Asia Pacific Region for the first time since our successful WAC in Bangkok in 2007. Join the representatives from over 65 countries for this truly international allergy, asthma and clinical immunology event.

To highlight the true international nature of this event, I would also like to take a moment to highlight the many wonderful Sister Society sessions that have been organized for WAC 2015.  [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

We are hapy to share that close to 800 abstracts have been received for the Congress. Accepted abstracts will be presented in either Poster Sessions or Oral Abstract Sessions.

Register by 31 August 2015 to receive a reduced registration price!

Join us for the WAO Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome

The Regular Registration Deadline closes on 30 September. Take advantage of this low rate today!

Send Us Your WAC 2015 "Selfie"!

WAO invites you and your colleagues to show the international nature of WAC 2015 by taking part in the WAC 2015 Selfie Campaign. All you need to do is take a selfie with the WAC 2015 selfie sign highlighting a local landmark and post the selfie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtags: #WAC2015Selfie and #WAC2015.

Once you have posted your photo using the hashtags, you will receive a private message with a discount code for registration to WAC 2015. You must register by 31 August to qualify.

Watch for your selfie during the WAC 2015 Opening Ceremony.

Click here for more information and to print a WAC 2015 selfie sign.

Prof. Susan Prescott (left) and Dr. Dana Wallace (right), WAO Board of Directors at EAACI 2015 in Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Stanley Fineman, WAO Board of Directors in Atlanta, GA, USA

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

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Join them on WAO’s Twitter. WAO will bring you up-to-date information about current news and events of interest to allergists and immunologists. You will also get updates on future meetings, scientific content, and what is new at www.worldallergy.org.

And remember to visit the other WAO social media sites!






August 2015
Volume 8
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD


Effects of environment on human cytokine responses during childhood in the tropics: role of urban versus rural residence
Cooper PJ, Amorim LD, Figueiredo CA, Esquivel R, Tupiza F, Erazo S, Oviedo Y et al.
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Molecular, proteomic and immunological parameters of allergens provide inclusion criteria for new candidates within established grass and tree homologous groups
Health MD, Collis J, Batten T, Hutchings JW, Swan N, Skinner MA
United Kingdom
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Caution: Reptile pets shuttle grasshopper allergy and asthma into homes
Jensen-Jarolim E, Pali-Scholl I, Jensen SAF, Robibaro B, Kinaciyan T
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Meteorological conditions, climate change, new emerging factors, and asthma and related allergic disorders. A statement of the World Allergy Organization
D’Amato G, Holgate ST, Pawankar R, Ledford DK, Cecchi L, Al-Ahmad M, Al-Enezi F, Al-Muhsen S et al.
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Consensus communication on early peanut introduction and the prevention of peanut allergy in high-risk infants
Fleischer DM, Sicherer S, Greenhawt M, Campbell D, Chan ES, Muraro A, Halken S et al.
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Articles published in the WAO Journal are available through PubMed Central and PubMed.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.

The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information.
– Alessandro Fiocchi, MD

Allergy is a global clinical problem, but the answer to it lies in the allergen molecules. Only when understanding the mechanisms will we have a chance to prevent, diagnosis, and treat allergies in our patients in an optimal way.
– Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

New Format!

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
John Oppenheimer, MD

Underuse of guideline-recommended long-term asthma management in children hospitalized to the intensive care unit: a multicenter observational study

Read this and all reviews

What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Forced oscillometry as an effortless text detects small airway obstruction better than spirometry in asthma

Read this and all article reviews

What Is New in Severe Asthma Research?

By Christina E Ciaccio, MD, MSc

Severe asthma is associated with airway dysbiosis

Read this and all article reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Origins: Early-Life Solutions to the Modern Health Crisis

By Susan Prescott, PhD, BMedSc, MBBS, FRAC

Reviewed by Phil Lieberman, MD

Read the Review

Thank You, Website Translators!

Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

WAO would like to welcome Dr. Maria Bova as WAO translator for Italian.

WAO extends appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:

Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
Herberto Jose Chong Neto
Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

Get to know Maria Bova and the other contributors, here.

If you are interested in becoming a translator and for more information contact Samantha Machart smachart@worldallergy.org.

What's New


Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Acute Asthma
By Jennifer Fergeson, DO, Richard Lockey, MD

Allergic Asthma
By Nataliya Kushnir, MD, FAAAAI, Richard Lockey, MD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma: Similarities and Differences
By Bradley Chipps, MD

IgE in Clinical Allergy and Allergy Diagnosis
By Jay Portnoy, MD

Interactive Case Report

A Patient with Dysphagia
Written by Jennifer Ferguson, DO; Shiven Patel, MD; and Richard Lockey, MD
Reviewed by Bob Lanier, MD

Fatigue and Generalized Pruritus
Written by Amber Pepper MD; Adam Updegraff, DO; and Richard Lockey, MD
Reviewed by Bob Lanier, MD


The WAO Collaborative on Severe Asthma (COSA) is pleased to announce the launching of their website at www.worldallergy.org/severe-asthma. The web pages house a growing searchable database of scientific article references that are related to severe asthma. The references include convenient links to the abstracts and articles that are available online. Dr Christina Ciaccio, Web Content Editor for the COSA pages, conducts a literature survey every month and posts summaries and article references. You can find a searchable list of WAO online educational resources. You can also view where the Collaborative on Severe Asthma will be presenting new information and view the members of the Core Steering Committee. The WAO Collaborative on Severe Asthma aims to provide a global platform for physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world to access to the most relevant scientific, clinical, and educational resources Severe Asthma.

The COSA website is sponsored through an unrestricted educational grant from Teva.


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by Prof Darío Antolín Amérigo on the increased anaphylactic reactions suffered during the summer months! We greatly thank Prof Darío Antolín Amérigo for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!


How would you like your organization to have a rich and lasting impact on the field of allergy/immunology? Read about the criteria and benefits of WAO Centers of Excellence. Submit your application by 30 September 2015.

For more information and to submit an application, click here.