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Welcome World Allergy Forum: San Antonio, Texas

24 February 2013

Dear Colleagues,

A warm welcome to the forty-third symposium in the World Allergy Forum (WAF) series: Advances in Tolerance Induction to Allergens. Recognizing the importance of food allergy, the World Allergy Organization (WAO) is delighted to bring this symposium to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). WAO is very grateful to AAAAI for hosting the World Allergy Forum every year since this educational program commenced. This continues to be a great sign of long term collaboration with the AAAAI.

WAO is proud to announce that the year 2013 marks the 16th anniversary of the World Allergy Forum. The first WAF was presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco in 1997 and WAO is appreciative that this symposium is an annual event at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. Since 1997, WAF has flourished and become the longest continuing educational program of World Allergy Organization (WAO).

With the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases globally there is an urgent need to better understand the complexity and severity of these diseases and to work towards developing preventative strategies. This WAF Symposium will examine the advances in our understanding of the mechanisms of tolerance to allergens as well as early intervention strategies both for food allergy and inhalant allergy. Prof. Paul Bryce will begin the symposium by examining the new frontiers in the mechanism of tolerance induction to allergens. Prof. Katrina Allen will focus on early intervention and the role of tolerance in primary prevention in food allergy. Prof. Giovanni Passalacqua will conclude today’s symposium by focusing on the updates on the role of SLIT in tolerance induction to allergens; including both safety and efficacy. There will be an open discussion following the formal lectures.

The WAO Board hopes that you enjoy today’s program with its wealth of information. If you would like to access the faculty materials after the session they will be available at:

WAO also gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from Novartis that supports educations programs such as this conjoint program at the AAAAI meeting.

With best regards,

Symposium Chairs

Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
World Allergy Organization
A. Wesley Burks, MD, FAAAAI
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology