WAO News and Notes

WAC 2011

Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2011

President's Message

Richard F. LockeyDear Friends,

As the New Year begins, I congratulate all of you on so many accomplishments in 2010.  Major strides were made through outreach in key regions where allergy training and services are needed. Read more....

I have the great pleasure of sharing with you an accomplishment recognized through one of England’s highest awards; the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Stephen Holgate, who is professor of immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton, Read more.....

Member Societies

2010 House of Delegates E-vote
A request was recently sent to all 2009-2011 House of Delegate representatives to ratify the latest WAO Position Paper and new WAO Membership Applications in the 2010 House of Delegates E-vote. Delegates should refer to the informational email (sent 21 December 2010) to access links to the ratification ballot and all supporting materials.

Thank you! to the members of the House of Delegates that have already completed the e-ballot! Your prompt participation is greatly appreciated.

If any delegate has not received this email, please contact Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org to request further information. Only Member Society presidents and designated representatives of the WAO House of Delegates from Member Societies in Good Standing are eligible to vote. Please note the e-voting deadline is 21 March 2011.

2011 Membership Renewals Issued
The 2011 Membership dues invoices and request for Annual Activity Reports were issued to Member Society Presidents and Primary Contacts by email on 14 January 2011. Please contact Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org with any questions, or if there is another member of your society that should receive the renewal notices. Due date for 2011 renewals is 15 April 2011. Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! WAO Member Society Forum - March 2011
You are invited to attend the WAO Member Society Forum during the AAAAI Annual Meeting, 18-22 March, 2011 in San Francisco, USA. Participate, network, and transform ideas into action by representing your Member Society in discussions with the WAO Board of Directors. Highlights... Read more

 XXII World Allergy Congress

 WAC 2011Online Registration is now open for XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011)! Gather together in Cancún, México on 4-8 December 2011 to participate in this global scientific event on allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. Co-hosted by Colégio Mexicano de Pediatras Especialistas en Inmunología Clínica y Alergia (COMPEDIA) and Colégio Mexicano de Immunología Clínica y Alergia A.C. (CMICA), this meeting is expected to gather over 5,000 attendees from all over the world. Delegates may count on a stimulating and varied scientific program, highly relevant to both the theory and practice of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology with highly esteemed experts in the field.

Go to http://www.worldallergy.org/wac2011/ to register today and for more information on the meeting. Abstracts will also be accepted online beginning in March, 2011. All accepted abstracts will be presented as oral or poster presentations.

We hope to see you 4-8 December in Cancún, Mexico for XXII WAC!

Applications Invited for US GLORIA™ Placements, 2011

The US GLORIA™ module on Angioedema, updated for release in 2011, offers exciting insights into new treatments for hereditary angioedema (HAE). The US GLORIA™ program has funding for four placements of this module in 2011. Regional, state and local allergy societies in the US are invited to submit applications via the attached form. Click on the following link to submit an application: US Gloria 2011 Angeioedema Application.


The WAO White Book on Allergy 2011-2012 Executive Summary was launched during the WAO International Scientific Conference in Dubai, December 2010. The Executive Summary contains key statements from the White Book and recommendations for action based on WAO Member Society reports on allergy education and service provision requirements. Download PDF

WAO Participation in Member Society Annual Meeting

Marek L. Kowalski In support of the 9th International Congress of Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (ESPAI) 16-17 February in Cairo, Egypt, a WAO Member Society, WAO will participate by providing a Plenary Lecture to be presented by Marek L. Kowalski, MD, PhD, Medical University of Łódź, Poland, a member of the WAO Board of Directors. Prof. Kowalski will speak on new strategies for preventing asthma exacerbation in children.

WAO Journal

January 2011
Volume 4, Issue 1
ISSN: 1939-4551


Food Allergy in Lebanon: Is Sesame Seed the “Middle Eastern” Peanut?
Irani, Carla; Maalouly, George; Germanos, Mirna; Kazma, Hassan

Key Role of Water-Insoluble Allergens of Pollen Cytoplasmic Granules in Biased Allergic Response in a Rat Model
Abou Chakra, Oussama R.; Sutra, Jean-Pierre; Poncet, Pascal; Lacroix, Ghislaine; Sénéchal, Hélène


Nasal-Ocular Reflexes and Their Role in the Management of Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis with Intranasal Steroids
Fuad M. Baroody, MD and Robert M. Naclerio, MD

Burden of Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
F. Chermiti Ben Abdallah, MD; S. Taktak, MD; A. Chtourou, MD; R. Mahouachi, MD; and Ali Ben Kheder, MD

Upcoming Events Calendar

WISC 2012-India

WAO International Scientific Conference - December 2012 India
More information coming soon

Allergie-Akademie (3rd Allergy Academy)
Thursday, 27 January – Saturday, 29 January
Location: Mercure Hotel, Hannover

American Academy of Dermatology 69th Annual Meeting
Friday, 4 February – Tuesday, 8 February
Location: New Orleans, LA

9th International Congress of Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (ESPAI)
Wednesday, 16 February – Thursday, 17 February
Location: Cairo Sheraton Hotel

1st Global Congress for Consensus in Pedatrics & Child Health
Thursday, 17 February – Sunday, 20 February
Location: Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center

EAACI FAAM 2011 - Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting
Thursday, 17 February – Saturday, 19 February
Location: Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel

To view all calendar events, click here.