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Welcome World Allergy Forum: Istanbul, Turkey

Richard F. Lockey Jan Lötvall

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the thirty-ninth symposium in the World Allergy Forum series; “Urticaria: Different Phenotypes and Diverse Treatments.” The World Allergy Organization is delighted to bring this symposium to the Istanbul Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). WAO is proud and appreciative that this symposium is an annual event at the Congress, with the EAACI hosting the World Allergy Forum every year since this major educational program commenced fourteen years ago.

Urticaria ranges from a short-term, transitory rash causing a minor inconvenience to the afflicted individual, to a severe, unremitting and disabling condition, with substantial impairment of quality of life. Today’s symposium is composed of world renowned experts on this subject. Malcolm Greaves, from London, UK, opens the session with a talk on Phenotypes of Urticaria. He will describe four important physical urticarias and their clinical presentations, pathophysiology and treatment. The second speaker, Marcus Maurer from Berlin, Germany, considers New and Diverse Approaches to the Treatment of Atopic Urticaria and provides insight into the most up-to-date management strategies. Finally, Allen Kaplan, from Charleston, South Carolina, USA, discusses the Systemic Manifestations of Atopic Urticaria. The presentation looks at the systemic diseases that may involve urticaria or urticarial vasculitis, appropriate laboratory studies, and illustrative case histories.

WAO hopes that you will enjoy this symposium and glean from it information which can be used in your everyday clinical practice. The program abstracts and slides will be available on the WAO Website shortly after the Congress at:

WAO gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from Novartis that supports the World Allergy Forum program series.

With our best regards,

Richard F. Lockey
World Allergy Organization  
Prof. Jan Lötvall
European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology


Last updated: June 23, 2011