WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 2, February 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce that Abstract Submission and Registration for the World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) has officially opened. We hope that you all consider joining us for this international allergy event being hosted in Seoul, Korea on 14-17 October 2015. [...] Read More>>

XXIII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

Registration and Abstract Submission for the XXIII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) opens 15 February 2015.

Click here for more information.

Invitation Reminder
WAO Member Society Forum - 23 February 2015

Member Society representatives are invited to attend the upcoming WAO Member Society Forum.

It will be held on 23 February 2015 during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, USA.

Please contact Eric Johnson II at the WAO Secretariat for more information.

All representatives that attend the Member Society Forum will be entered into a drawing and have the chance to win a free registration to WAC 2015!

We look forward to welcoming you to this important Member Society event!

16th Malaysian Congress and Exhibition on Allergy and Immunology

WAO would like to invite you to the Malaysian Society of Allergology (MSAI) and the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore) (ACIS) joint meeting. The 16th Malaysian Congress and Exhibition on Allergy and Immunology will take place from 20 – 22nd March 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Hilton Kuala Lampur.

For more information, click here.

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

WAO on Facebook

Have you visited WAO’s Facebook? WAO will bring you up-to-date information about current news and events of interest to allergists and immunologists. You will also get updates on future meetings, scientific content, and what is new at www.worldallergy.org.

WAO would like to thank its followers with over 1,991 likes on Facebook!




February 2015
Volume 8
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
Deputy Editor


Non-allergenic factors from pollen modulate T helper cell instructing notch ligands on dendritic cells
Gilles S, Beck I, Lange S, Ring J, Behrendt H, and Traidl-Hoffmann C
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World Allergy Organization – McMaster University guidelines for allergic disease prevention (GLAD-P): Probiotics
Fiocchi A, Pawankar R, Cuello-Garcia C, Ahn K, Al-Hammadi S, Agarwal A Beyer K et al.
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The care pathway for children with urticaria, angioedema, mastocytosis
Ferrante G, Scavone V, Muscia MC, Adrignola E, Passalacqua G, La Grutta S
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The microbiome of the upper airways: focus on chronic rhinosinusitis
Chalermwatanachai T, Velasquez LC, Bachert C
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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
John Oppenheimer, MD

Development of allergies and asthma is not related to cleaning activities

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Asthma: Comorbidities, Coexisting Conditions, and Differential Diagnosis

Edited by Richard F Lockey and Dennis K Ledford in collaboration with the World Allergy Organization

Reviewed by Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra

Read the Review

What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

The Microbiome in asthma

Read this and all article reviews

Evidence-Based Allergy Reviews

Visit the Evidence-based Allergy webpage,the  newest addition to the WAO Physician Resource section, to utilize one of our complete 18 subject literature searches available in two optional, easy to use, reference library formats.

To use the resources, click here.


WAO would like to thank Dr John Weiner, Co-Editor, and Dr Mandel Sher, Co-Editor, of Ask the Expert, for their support of this educational program.

This feature is designed to be a valuable resource for practicing physicians to pose educational, scientific or medical questions about allergy, asthma and clinical immunology to WAO international experts.

If you would like to submit an Ask the Expert question please submit, here.

What's New

WORLD ALLERGY WEEK 2015: Airway Allergies - The Human and Economic Burden

Call for Resources: Does your member society have resources online for airway allergies which might be helpful to physicians or patients?

Send the links to smachart@worldallergy.org and we will include them on our World Allergy resource page.

WAO Member Societies: Click here to download the World Allergy Week 2015 logo for your website and be sure to link the logo back to WorldAllergyWeek.org.




WAO Junior Member, Dr Leanor Villa from Argentina gives a brief overview of the upcoming SLaai Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please check out the WAO Junior Members News for more details!



Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Allergen Specific Immunotherapy Document
By Passalacqua G, Baena-Cagnani CE, Bousquet J, Canonica GW, Casale TB et al.

Influenza and Asthma: A Review
By Robbie D. Pesek and Richard F. Lockey

Interactive Case Report - New Cases!

Persistent Productive Cough with Dyspnea
Written by Adeeb Bulkhi, Neetu Talreja, Ahmad Hamad, and Richard F. Lockey
Reviewed by Bob Lanier

Clinical Allergy Tip

Evaluation of Exhaled Nitric Oxide in Clinical Practice
By Krzysztof Kowal


The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award is a biennial award given to a young scientist who has shown excellence within the field of allergy. The 2015 Award includes €20,000* and a travel grant to attend the Symposium of Specific Allergy, SOSA, in Rome, Italy, 19-21 November, 2015.

Deadline of application: 30 June 2015

For more information and how to apply, click here.