WAO News and Notes

Volume 9, Issue 2, February 2012

President's Message

Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD
WAO President

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues

Warm greetings from the World Allergy Organization!

The beginning of 2012 marks the beginning of the 61st year of WAO’s existence. While this landmark of 60 years was celebrated last year both at the XXII World Allergy Congress in Canún and via a series of articles that comprise part of the WAO History, the beginning of the 61st year should also be a time for some degree of self-reflection. While moving forward over the years to fulfill the mission of WAO, we need to ask ourselves how far we have progressed in meeting our objectives. Are we benefiting the millions of patients with allergies and asthma worldwide through our various outreach activities? Venturing into making this purpose a reality in the current global scenario, we truly need to increase our efforts towards education and capacity building and provide cutting edge information in our specialty at a global level. Read more>>


WAO Meetings at the AAAAI Annual Meeting

World Allergy Forum - 4 March 2012

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) from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm, on Level 3, Room S310ABFE  in the Orange County Convention Center. Visit WAF online.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! WAO Member Society Forum – 5 March 2012

You are invited to attend the WAO Member Society Forum during the AAAAI Annual Meeting, 2-6 March 2012 in Orlando, FL, USA! Participate, network, and transform ideas into action by representing your Member Society in discussions with the WAO Board of Directors. Highlights include WISC 2012 and World Allergy Week.

We look forward to your society’s participation on 5 March from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Room Celebration 6 at the Peabody.

RSVP to Tahira Chaudary at tchaudary@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.

Visit the WAO Booths at the AAAAI Meeting

Booth 1526 - World Allergy Organization Journal
Booth 1528 - World Allergy Organization 2nd International Scientific Conference 2012 (WISC 2012)
Booth 1524 - EAACI-WAO Congress 2013


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Alexander Diaz Rodriguez, MD
Allergist, Professor of Immunology
Jose M. Segui Medical Center
Havana, Cuba

Junior Members – WAO Wants to Know About Your Interests and Needs!

The WAO Junior Members Group will realize its first anniversary in March 2012! We are young, pioneering professionals, and this new group is ours to shape. Our participation as Junior Members not only introduces us to the work done by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the resources it offers to its Member Societies; it gives us a chance to be involved in WAO in ways that interest us and to be part of designing the future of WAO’s global outreach, advocacy, research and training work.  Read more>>


Call for Translators

WAO is looking for volunteers with a strong command of the English language to translate the monthly "WAO Reviews" into their local languages (past experience preferred). The "WAO Reviews" consists of at least one review of a medical book and a list of recommended recent scientific journal articles of interest to allergists/immunologists.

Translators are needed for the following languages:

German, Chinese, Italian, and Korean

Look for examples in the Reviews & News section of the WAO website.

What's involved? Simply translate the text file you are sent each month following the broadcast of the WAO News & Notes electronic newsletter. The reviews translation needs to be completed within three weeks of receipt of the file. That's it!

If you would like to be considered as a translator, please send your CV to: banderson@worldallergy.org. Thank you for your interest.


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.

WAO Journal

February 2012
Volume 5, Issue 2
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



The Unmet Global Health Need of Severe and Complex Allergies: Meeting the Challenge
Ruby Pawankar, President, World Allergy Organization


Association of House Dust Allergen Concentrations with Residential Conditions in City and in Rural Houses

Aleksandra Warzyńska, Barbara Majkowska-Wojciechowska, Jolanta Pełka, Leszek Korzon, Magdalena Kaczała, Marzanna Jarzębska, Tomasz Gwardys, Marek L. Kowalski


History of the World Allergy Organization: Reflective Recollections of the WAO Presidency, 2010-2011
Richard F. Lockey

History of the World Allergy Organization: X International Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress—Jerusalem
Israel Glazer


Abstracts of the XXII World Allergy Congress
4-8 December 2011, Cancún, México

Members click here to log in to the Journal

Non-members click here to access Journal 


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 and to register, click here.


Photo Gallery Online!

Abstracts Published!


Events Calendar 

68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
2-6 March 2012
Orlando, Florida (USA)

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

EAACI Allergy School "From Skin to Lung - From Theory to Patients"
29 March – 1 April 2012
Davos, Switzerland

To view ALL upcoming events, click here