WAO News and Notes

Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2012

WAC 2012

Presidential Address

Ruby Pawankar, MD
WAO President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Together with my colleagues at the World Allergy Organization (WAO), I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

I am humbled, honored and privileged to assume the role of President of the World Allergy Organization (2012-2013). I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Richard Lockey, for his leadership and outstanding contributions to WAO during his presidency, and the members of the Executive Committee and Board of 2010-2011. I am inspired by their commitment to WAO and all of their achievements. Indeed, the growth of WAO has been propelled collectively by the individuals and all the past presidents and past members of the WAO Board and Executive Committee. I look forward to continuing this important work towards fulfilling the mission of WAO.

In this endeavor, I am joined by my colleagues on the Executive Committee... read more>>


Upcoming World Allergy Forum

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) invites you to attend the session, "Food Allergy: Pathogenesis and Prevention," being presented at the 2012 AAAAI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida (USA) on Sunday, 4 March from 10:45 am - 12:00 pm. Visit WAF online.


Programmed by AAAAI and WAO. Funded through an educational grant from Novartis.


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Ves Dimov, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Chicago, Illinois

From the Editor:
This month the WAO Junior Members Group shares a valuable tip for staying informed by connecting with other physicians and organizations through Twitter. We encourage you to TAKE THE CHALLENGE offered by Dr. Dimov later in this article.

How to use Twitter to keep track of the latest news and scientific meetings, and share information with colleagues and patients

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a simple social network with more than 250 millions users. I’m one of them. My @DrVes account is ranked #3 most influential in medicine worldwide, and #6 among all users in Chicago. Every time I hit that blue “Tweet” button, a message goes to 10,000 people.  Read more>>


Education Updates

New Clinical Allergy Tip!
Improving compliance for lifestyle and diet therapy in the treatment of GERD
By Mandel R. Sher, MD


WAO Working Group Updates

What is New in Small Airways Research?
View this month’s reviews of new research on small airways by Dr. Ves Dimov on the WAO Small Airways Working Group website.


2nd WAO International Scientific Conference
(WISC 2012)

Save the Date: 6-9 December 2012

The World Allergy Organization invites you to participate in the 2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012) in Hyderabad, India. The theme of the conference is "Severe Allergies, Severe Asthma: New Strategies for Treatment & Prevention."

For more information about the WISC 2012 meeting, click here. Online registration is open, so register now for the best registration rates!

If your company is interested in partnership opportunities for WISC 2012 or exhibiting, click here to view the Exhibition and Partnership Prospectus. To discuss partnerships or exhibiting, please contact the WAO Secretariat at wiscExhibition@worldallergy.org.

WAO Journal

January 2012
Volume 5, Issue 1
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



Socio-epidemiological Aspects of Respiratory Allergic Diseases in Southern Africa
Taborda-Barata, Luís; Potter, Paul C.
South Africa


Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Defense
Birben, Esra; Sahiner, Umit Murat; Sackesen, Cansin; Erzurum, Serpil;
Kalayci, Omer

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Events Calendar 

The 9th International Congress of the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
February 15–16, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)

March 2–6, 2012
Orlando, Florida (USA)

13th Malaysian Congress & Exhibition on Allergy & Immunology
March 9–11, 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

To view ALL upcoming events, click here