WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 7, Issue 2 WAO Events and Programs - February 2010
World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2011 - Cancun, Mexico, 4-8 December 2011

Note from the President

Richard F. LockeyDear Colleagues:

As WAO president, I'm pleased to introduce all members of the WAO Board, which is made up of representatives from throughout the world, as mandated by the WAO Constitution. The five major areas represented include Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East/Africa, North America, and Latin America. Each Board member has important responsibilities in WAO's "Division of Labor," necessary due to its tremendous growth and success. A functioning organizational scheme enables the WAO to move forward on many different projects simultaneously. Please visit the WAO website for the names of Board Members who are Chairs or Vice-Chairs of WAO Committees and Councils.

The Executive Committee of the Board (President, President-Elect, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and Past-President) will meet during the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology meeting in New Orleans, February 25-26, 2010. A 4-hour "retreat" on the first day will identify new initiatives to be addressed by the entire Board when it meets on June 4, 2010, in London at the European Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.

New initiatives underway since the beginning of 2010 include appointing international experts on small airways diseases to the Steering Committee of a Working Group in order to begin to highlight the importance of small airways lung disease in asthma. This initiative will be chaired by Dr. Richard Martin, with Dr. Thomas Casale as Vice Chair. A second initiative is a project on "allergic rhinitis and asthma", chaired by Dr. Hae-Sim Park, and Vice Chair is Dr. Michael Blaiss. Another initiative new to WAO is scheduled for December 2010 in Dubai, UAE: the first WAO International Scientific Conference, which will be focused on asthma and co-morbid conditions.

In 2011, WAO will celebrate its 60th anniversary; 2011 is also when WAO will host its 22nd World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Cancún, México. It is my pleasure to work with Dr. Noel Rodríguez Perez, Co-Chair of the Congress Organizing Committee, and Dr. Thomas Casale, Vice Chair of the Steering Committee-Scientific Program Committee, in arranging this meeting scheduled for December 4 - 8, 2011. "Bookend" meetings will be held the first and the final days of the conference. The Scientific Program Committee and the Congress Organizing Committee include some of the very best representatives with great knowledge of how to make this WAC a tremendous success. More information is available at the website: http://www.worldallergy.org/wac2011/.

Please place the following dates on your calendar so you can attend: the WAO International Scientific Conference on "Asthma and Comorbid Conditions" in Dubai, December 5 - 8, 2010 and the World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México, December 4 - 8, 2011.

With warm regards,

Richard F. Lockey, M.D.
President, World Allergy Organization

Upcoming WAO Member Society Forum

AAAAI Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Sunday 28 February 2010
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Convention Center, Room 231 (Second Level)

Don't miss it!
Confirm your Society's representation by emailing Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org by 19 February 2010.

World Allergy Forum

Upcoming World Allergy Forum
in New Orleans

Asthma Phenotypes and Heterogeneity of Therapeutic Responses: Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century

10:45 am to 12:00 pm
Convention Center, La Louisiane Ballroom C, First Level

- Paul A. Greenberger, MD
- Richard F. Lockey, MD

"Obese vs Non-Obese"
- Louis-Philippe Boulet, MD

"Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease"
- Marek L. Kowalski, MD, PhD

"Allergic vs Non-Allergic"
- Paul M. O'Byrne, MD

Question & Answer

Credit: 1.25 CME / 1.50 CE

To view the learning objectives, click here.

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


WISC Dubai

The WAO International Scientific Conference will be a unique forum for clinicians, researchers, physicians and allied health professionals all with interests in:

  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pediatrics
  • Co-morbid Conditions
  • Pulmonology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • ENT

The scientific program will offer Plenary Sessions that provide overviews and literature reviews to define unmet needs. Symposia will address specific topics for detailed, in-depth exploration. Breakout Sessions/Postgraduate Courses will be participatory, clinic-friendly formats including "hands-on" workshops, clinical case studies, expert interviews, debates, meet the professor, and more:

  • The latest developments in research
  • Examination of clinical issues
  • Review of current theory and practice
  • Hands-on, problem-based learning

Richard F. Lockey - Conference President
Ruby Pawankar - Conference Organizing Chair
G. Walter Canonica - Executive Chair, Scientific Program Executive Committee

Welcome to the new WAO Web Chief Editor!

Juan Carlos IvancevichWAO welcomes Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD, WAO Board member, as the new Web Chief Editor of www.WorldAllergy.org. Dr. Ivancevich is also the Secretary-General of the Latin American Society of Allergy and Immunology, and a past president of the Argentina Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He practices medicine at the Allergy & Immunology Department of Santa Isabel Clinic and is Assistant Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. Dr. Ivancevich is committed to strengthening the presence of WAO on the Internet through expanded medical education, implementation of new web technologies, and promotion of the site around the world.

WAO is indebted to President Richard F. Lockey, MD, who was the Web Chief Editor until this year, for his dedication to making available online reliable, high quality medical education content for clinicians, researchers and educators around the world. Dr. Lockey, in collaboration with the Web Editorial Board, led the development of the content that makes up the WAO website today. Congratulations to Dr. Lockey on his immense accomplishments as Web Chief Editor.

Attention Member Society Presidents

2010 WAO Membership Renewal due: 15 April 2010
Please send your 2010 Membership Dues and Annual Activity Reports to Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org no later than 15 April 2010. Contact Kate with any questions or concerns.

NEW! Drug Allergy CME Module

You now can obtain CME credit by completing the new on-line educational module on antibiotic allergy in pregnancy, authored by Prof. Mario Sánchez-Borges of the WAO Drug Allergy Special Committee.

The WAO Drug Allergy Online Learning Program and CME provides medical education for allergists practicing in countries throughout the world. It is the second in a series of educational programs built on the knowledge objectives for allergists outlined in the World Allergy Organization Position Statement, "Requirements for Physician Competencies in Allergy: Key Clinical Competencies Appropriate for the Care of Patients with Allergic or Immunologic Diseases" (available here).

To access the program register at: http://www.worldallergy.org/modules/drugallergy

Glenis ScaddingWAO Allergy Quiz

Check Your Allergy Quotient.
The WAO Allergy Quiz is a new feature edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding posted on the home page.

Which of the following statements about rhinitis is false?

  1. Allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for decreased examination performance.
  2. Sedating antihistamines and depot corticosteroid injections are not recommended for use in allergic rhinitis.
  3. Intranasal corticosteroids can be used only for 6 weeks in children under 6 years.
  4. Non allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for asthma development.

Take the quiz.

WAO JournalWorld Allergy Organization Journal
February 2010

Editor-in-Chief: Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD


Introduction. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
Michael A. Kaliner, MD; Judith R. Farrar, PhD

Section 1. EPR-3 versus GINA 2008 Guidelines - Asthma Control and Step 3 Care. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
Jean Bousquet, MD; William W. Busse, MD

Section 2. Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm: Albuterol versus Montelukast. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
Gene Colice, MD; William J. Calhoun, MD

Section 3. A Discussion of Flexible Dosing and Patient-Centered Therapy. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
G. Walter Canonica, MD; Christopher Brightling, MD

Section 4. What the Guidelines Have Missed: A General Discussion of the Faculty. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
Judith R. Farrar, PhD; Michael A. Kaliner, MD

Summary and Recommendations. Highlights of the Asthma Summit 2009: Beyond the Guidelines
Michael A. Kaliner, MD; Judith R. Farrar, PhD

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