WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 10, October 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 I hope you all had safe travels home from the XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC)!

On behalf the World Allergy Organization (WAO) Board of Directors, I want to thank you for attending the XXIV World Allergy Congress on October 14-17, 2015 in Seoul, Korea, our joint meeting with the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAACI), and their mutual collaborating partner, the Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI).

I hope that you found the Congress informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of WAC 2015 was to provide a forum for the most useful combination of new research, current theory and practice, and hands-on learning experience for allergy/immunology physicians and researchers around the world. I believe this was accomplished by the diverse and dynamic group of speakers who provided in-depth insight into the most effective advances in the treatment and prevention of allergy and immunologic diseases. Their scientific presentations, your participation, and wonderful networking events resulted in another successful Congress. [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

Thank you for attending the XXIV World Allergy and Asthma Congress (WAC 2015)!

More than 2,280+ delegates from 71 countries participated in the Congress which offered a scientific program with 195 speakers covering over 92 scientific lectures.

WAO Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome: Exhibit Hall

The WAO Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome is pleased to now offer companies the opportunity to exhibit at the meeting. Entrance to the Exhibit Hall is included in the cost of registration for all delegates.

Click here for more information.

World Allergy Training School (WATS): Seoul, Korea

On 14 October, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy held the World Allergy Training School (WATS) in Seoul, Korea during the XXIV World Allergy Congress.

Be sure to read in-depth about this great WATS Program in Seoul!

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for worldwide professional events!

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October 2015
Volume 10
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD


Higher cord blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations reduce the risk of early childhood eczema: in children with a family history of allergic disease
Palmer DJ, Sullivan TR, Skeaff CM, Smithers LG, Makrides M et al.
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2015 update of the evidence base: World Allergy Organization anaphylaxis guidelines
Simons FER, Ebisawa M, Sanchez-Borges M, Thong BY, Worm M et al
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Allergen immunotherapy on the way to product-based evaluation. A WAO Statement
Bachert C, Larche M, Bonini S, Canonica GW, Kundig T et al
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The COSA Symposium during the World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) in Seoul took place on 16 October 2015 and was a great success. Prof Hans-Uwe Simon, Dr Deborah Strickland, and Dr Koichiro Asano delivered lectures on the topic of “Recent Understanding for New Mechanisms of Allergy and Airways Inflammation”.

Visit the website of the WAO Collaborative on Severe Asthma (COSA) to find resources on severe asthma. Dr Christina Ciaccio conducts a literature survey every month and posts summaries and article references.

Upcoming COSA Lecture: Dr Lanny J Rosenwasser, President of the World Allergy Organization, and Chair, of the COSA Steering Committee, will present a lecture on Severe Asthma during the Meet the Professor Breakfast of the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, Sunday 8 November.

The WAO Collaborative on Severe Asthma aims to provide a global platform for physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world to access the most relevant scientific, clinical, and educational resources on severe asthma.

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

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

New Format!

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

An Interleukin-33-Mast-Cell-Interleukin-2 Axis Suppresses Papain-Induced Allergic Inflammation by Promoting Regulatory T Cell Numbers

Read this and all reviews

What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Airway microbiome differs according to asthma severity

Read this and all article reviews

What Is New in Severe Asthma Research?

By Christina E Ciaccio, MD, MSc

Acute and chronic systemic corticosteroid-related complications in patients with severe asthma.

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Nutrition, Gut Microbiota and Immunity: Therapeutic Targets for IBD

By Lewis JD, Ruemmele FM, and Wu GD

Reviewed by Andreea Popescu, MD

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Thank You, Website Translators!

WAO would like to thank our translators for all of their hard work and dedication!

What's New


Allergic Diseases Resource Center

The Allergic March
By Ulrich Wahn, PhD, MD

Diagnosis of Occupational Asthma
By Santiago Quirce, MD, PhD, and Joaquín Sastre, MD, PhD


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by
Prof Pavel Kolkhir on the WAO Junior Members involvement at the GA2LEN Allergy school in Smolensk, Russia and EAACI Practical Allergy Diagnosis (ePAD) Allergy school in Moscow. We greatly thank Prof Pavel Kolkhir for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!


Would you like the opportunity to write an allergy tip on allergy/immunology and related topics and add it to your C.V. when posted?

These vignettes consist of practical tips from experts on allergy and immunology around the world on the treatment of patients. Each Clinical Allergy Tip is announced in the monthly newsletter, WAO News & Notes. Your published review counts for academic stature and can be included on your CV.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.