WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am honored to take the role of 2014-2015 WAO President and to work alongside the very capable WAO Board of Directors. I am joined on the Board by my colleagues on the Executive Committee – Mario Sánchez-Borges (President-Elect), Ignacio Ansotegui (Secretary-General), Motohiro Ebisawa (Treasurer) and Ruby Pawankar (Past-President) — as well as the 2014-2015 Board of Directors, who represents the major regions of the world — Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East/Africa, North America, and Latin America [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

Save the Dates!
6 - 9 December 2014

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2014 and the XLI Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology

WAO Meetings

Attention Member Society Representatives – Mark Your Calendars for the WAO Member Society Forum!

You are invited to attend the WAO Member Society Forum during the AAAAI Annual Meeting, 28 February – 4 March 2014, in San Diego, California, USA. Participate, network, and transform ideas into action by representing your Member Society in discussions with the WAO Board of Directors. Highlights include WISC 2014 and World Allergy Week.

We look forward to your society’s participation on 3 March from 2:00pm-3:30pm, in the Marriott Hall, Salon 2 North Tower.

RSVP to Kathrine Stainbrook at kstainbrook@worldallergy.org. Please extend this invitation to any Society Representative of your choice that will be attending the AAAAI Meeting. We hope to see you there.

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

World Allergy Week 2014
Welcome Message

Motohiro Ebisawa MD, PhD, and Paul Greenberger MD, introduce World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April), “Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal,” and ways to find out more information.

WAO will continue to provide updates about World Allergy Week 2014 resources and activities in the WAO News & Notes.


New Manifesto Documents
Available Online

Two manifesto documents were recently completed through a joint WAO-ARIA-GA2LEN-INTERASMA Task Force. They are now available to access online.

Manifesto – Definition of Allergens 2013: Is There a Need for Seasonal and Perennial?

Manifesto – Adherence to Treatment in Respiratory Allergy

A WAO - ARIA - GA²LEN consensus document on molecular-based allergy diagnostics

A joint WAO-ARIA-GA2LEN Task force developed a Consensus Document on Molecular-based allergy diagnostics. The aim of this consensus document is to provide a practical guide for the indications, determination, and interpretation of molecular-based allergy diagnostics for clinicians trained in allergology. Full text versions can be accessed in the WAO Journal, here. A Pocket Guide of the Consensus Document will be available at the upcoming AAAAI Meeting at the WAO Booth.


January 2014
Volume 7
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD


Prevalence trends in respiratory symptoms and asthma in relation to smoking: Two cross-sectional studies ten years apart among adults in northern Sweden
Backman H, Hedman L, Jansson SA, Lindberg A, Lundbäck B, Rönmark E
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)

M2 Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor modulates rat airway smooth muscle cell proliferation
Placeres-Uray FA, Febres-Aldana CA, Fernández-Ruiz R, González de Alfonzo R, Lippo de Bécemberg LA, Alfonzo MJ
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


A global survey of changing patterns of food allergy burden in children
Prescott SL, Pawankar R, Allen KJ, Campbell DE, Sinn JKH, Fiocchi A, Ebisawa M, Sampson HA, Beyer K, Lee BW
United States of America
Full Text

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Articles published in the WAO Journal are available through PubMed Central and PubMed.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.

The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information. – Alessandro Fiocchi, MD

WAO announces openings for
Editor-at-Large on the WAO Journal Editorial Board.

Editors-at-Large contribute to promotion of the journal, strategic planning, manuscript solicitation and manuscript review.

If you are an active member of a WAO Member Society and a practicing allergy/immunology physician or scientist with editorial background, please contact the Editorial Office for more information on how to apply for the volunteer position.

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Misconceptions or false beliefs built up around allergen immunotherapy and its use in allergic rhinitis

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Featuring editor’s favorite:

The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life

By Dr. Susan Prescott
Reviewed by Phillip L. Lieberman, MD

Read the Review

Great recommendation for patients!

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Corticosteroid/beta-agonist combo inhaler as reliever therapy: A solution for mild asthma?

Read this and all article reviews

Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra, MD
Juan Felix Aldave Pita, MD

Absence of Cross-Reactivity to Carbapenems in Patients with Delayed Hypersensitivity to Penicillins (Romano A, et al, 2013)

Read this month’s summaries

Read past summaries

Call for Translators

WAO is looking for physician volunteers with native Portuguese language and a strong command of English to translate sections of the monthly newsletter into Portuguese (both Brazil and Portugal are needed). Past experience translating medical content is preferred.

The sections to be translated include each new month’s edition of Editors’ Choice Literature Reviews, WAO Medical Book Reviews (one review), and the President’s Message.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.

Call for Book Reviewers

Would you like an opportunity to write and publish reviews of books on allergy/immunology and related topics? WAO is looking for volunteers for the Medical Book Reviews section of the website. Each new review 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.

What's New

 WAO Junior Members Group - January Member News!

Prof. Luciana Kase Tanno and the WAO Junior Members Group have been working on a great new project! Please take a moment to review the details of the Skin Patch Testing Procedures and Interpretation on the WAO Junior Members News Page!

World Allergy Organization Journal Names New Editor-in-Chief: Alessandro Fiocchi, MD

The World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal), now in its seventh year of publication, has a new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Alessandro Fiocchi, effective on 1 January 2014. Dr. Fiocchi is the Director of Allergy at the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome, Vatican City. He is an expert in the field of food allergy, and his publications cover the fields of food allergy diagnosis, follow-up, epidemiology, specific immunotherapy, and childhood asthma. Currently, he leads a research group, based in the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, focusing on food allergy, asthma, and specific immunotherapy. He has served as a section editor and as a member of the editorial boards of several major medical journals in the field of allergy and clinical immunology.

Expanded Basic Science Mission of the WAO Journal to Be Led by Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD, who has served on the WAO Journal Editorial Board as an Editor-at-Large, is now filling the newly established role of Deputy Editor—Basic Science, to focus on the journal’s developing area of basic science. Her research is dedicated to the evaluation of the molecular mechanisms of type 1 allergy to improve prevention, diagnosis, and therapy for patients. Her current professorship for Comparative Medicine, Vienna, Austria, enables her to do research according to the One Health concept for allergic human patients as well as pet patients to speed up new developments.


New Education and Programs!

Allergy Quiz
Which of the procedures made in this clinical case (a real one), was wrong or absent?

Clinical Allergy Tip
Early Anaphylaxis Recognition: When an Itch is Not Just an Itch
By Manuel Branco Ferreira MD, PhD

Ask the Expert
Skin Infection
When should a child with repeated skin infection of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (4 to 6 courses of antibiotics annually), but with no infections elsewhere, be investigated for immunodeficiency?

WAO on Facebook

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