WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 2, February 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

Last month I shared my four key areas of focus for the 2014 – 2015 WAO Term. While some of these areas will take many months to fully implement, we have already begun the process of putting others in to action. I would now like to take a moment and share with you some advances that have begun at WAO as we develop efficient means of administering WAO Board activities.

The first steps we have taken in this key area are the creation of Board Councils. The WAO Board of Directors has been divided into three Councils which will assist in the oversight of the many WAO Committees. Some of the goals and outcomes we hope to see with the implementation of the Board Councils are to: [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

Registration and Abstract Submission for the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2014 opens 24 February 2014.

Click here for more information

The 2012 WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics abstracts are now published. View the abstracts online.

Upcoming WAO Meetings

WAO Meetings at the AAAAI Annual Meeting

World Allergy Forum – 1 March 2014

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) invites you to attend the session, "Anaphylaxis: From Mechanisms to Novel Therapies,” being presented at the 2014 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego, California (USA) from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6B. Visit WAF online.

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

WAO Member Society Forum!

You are invited to attend the WAO Member Society Forum to be heldduring 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 2014.

We look forward to your society’s participation on 3 March from 2:00pm-3:30pm, in the Marriott Hotel, 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!

WAO Centers of Excellence - 2014 Southampton

We are pleased to announce the WAO Center of Excellence for 2014 is Southampton Allergy Center.

Southampton has an international reputation for scientific and patient based research in Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. They have expertise in the clinical trials, epidemiology, diagnostic laboratory and scientific basis of food, drug, skin, eye, airway and pediatric allergies and have established cross disciplinary research programs that examine Life Course immunity. The three key physicians in the leading roles are Professor Hasan Arshad (Research lead), Dr. Anthony Williams (Clinical lead) and Dr. Judith Holloway (Education lead).

Please stop by the WAO Centers of Excellence webpage to read more about Southampton and find out how to become part of the WAO Centers of Excellence program! 


February 2014
Volume 7
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
Deputy Editor


45 year-old male with recurrent angioedema: WAO international case-based discussions
Leiding JW, Beakes D, Dreskin SC, Grumach A, Hide M, Reshef A, Triggiani M, Kaliner MA
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


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)


New editorial leadership of the World Allergy Organization Journal
Rosenwasser LJ
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


2013 WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics, Meeting Abstracts
Full Text and PDFs

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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

Allergy is a global clinical problem, but the answer to it lies in the allergen molecules. Only when understanding the mechanisms will we have a chance to prevent, diagnosis, and treat allergies in our patients in an optimal way.
– Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Interventions to manage immediate and long-term symptoms of food allergy and promote desensitization/tolerance.

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Drug Allergy - Clinical Aspects, Diagnosis, Mechanisms, Structure-Activity Relationships

By Brian Balda and Nghia Pham

Reviewed by Juan Carlos Aldave, MD

Read the Review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Small airway involvement is present in all stages of asthmatic disease despite being referred to as 'silent zone'

Read this and all article reviews

Research Article Summaries

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

Anaphylaxis Associated with Streptomycin Skin Testing (Jung D-M, et al, 2014)

Read this month’s summaries

Read past summaries

Thank you to all of the WAO review authors!

Thank You, Website Translators!

Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

WAO extends their appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:

Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
Georgy Gudima
Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

What's New

WAO Web Editorial Board Names Deputy Editor: Dana Wallace, MD

Dana Wallace, MD, who has served on the WAO Web Editorial Board as a Regional Editor, is now filling the newly established role of Deputy Editor, to focus on the develop and growing needs of the website and Web Editorial Board.

Dr. Wallace is associate clinical professor at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida,USA,, and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is a private practitioner in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is associated with the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care. Dr. Wallace chairs the Emerging Societies/ World Allergy Training School Committee for WAO. Dr. Wallace has been on the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (AAAAI, ACAAI, & JCAAI joint task force) since 2005 and was Chief Editor of the 2008 “The Diagnosis and Management of Rhinitis: An updated Practice Parameter." Dr Wallace is also the ACAAI Website Associate Editor.

WAO White Book on Allergy: Update 2013

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is pleased to announce the WAO White Book on Allergy: Update 2013. The WAO White Book on Allergy Update 2013 provides evidence about the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases worldwide and offers “high level” recommendation for action on allergy education for health care professions and enhanced patient service provision.

 The 2013 Update contains:
        • Updated Introduction and Executive Summary
        • New Chapter on Severe Asthma
        • Updated chapters with new information containing the latest data, evidences, and treatments

World Allergy Week 2014

Welcome Message

WAO President, Lanny Rosenwasser MD introduces World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April), “Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal,” and the need for greater awareness of anaphylaxis. View this and more videos from WAO leaders at www.worldallergyweek.org

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

New Education and Programs!

Allergy Quiz
Which level of atopic dermatitis is currently an indication for allergen immunotherapy with house dust mite extract?
By Enrico Compalati

Clinical Allergy Tip
Dysnea in a High School Athlete
By Stanley Fineman MD, MBA

Ask the Expert
ACE Inhibitors
Should we routinely cease ACE inhibitors in someone with food, drug or venom anaphylaxis? What about angiotensin-receptor blockers (sartans)?
Experts Mario Sánchez-Borges, MD, PhD and Roland Solensky, MD

Allergic Dieases Resource Center
Drug Allergies
By Bernard Thong, MD and Daniel Vervloet, MD

Urticaria and Angioedema
By Allen Kaplan, MD

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