WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 3, March 2011

WAC 2011

President's Message

Richard F. LockeyDear Colleagues,

Many of us have just returned from the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco where an impressive number of WAO Councils and Committees as well as the Board of Directors had very productive meetings. I want to thank all of you who took the time to attend and contribute to these meetings to help further the implementation of WAO initiatives and the upcoming XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011), 4-8 December in Cancún, México.

I especially want to thank the WAO Board for a smooth, collegial and instructive process of voting in new officers and members to the WAO Board of Directors 2012-2013. Congratulations to those joining the WAO Board and sincere thanks to all the nominees for their willingness to commit to the WAO. Read more>> 


Member Societies

WAO is Pleased to Welcome Five New Member Societies
in 2011!

WAO now consists of 89 regional and national allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies from around the world.

New WAO Associate Member Societies:
- Belarus Association of Allergology & Clinical Immunology
- Iranian Society of Asthma and Allergy
- Moldavian Society of Allergology and Immunology
- Tunisian Society of Respiratory Diseases and Allergology

New WAO Affiliate Member Organization:
- British Society for Immunology

We congratulate and thank the WAO Board of Directors, the Emerging Societies Program, Credentials Committee, and all WAO Members for their contributions and dedication to WAO's ever-expanding global outreach and success!

WAO Member Society Forum in San Francisco
Post-Meeting Update
Thank you! to everyone who attended the WAO Member Society Forum in San Francisco during the 2011 AAAAI Annual Meeting.

During the Forum, the WAO Leadership was pleased to announce and discuss the following activities & initiatives:

World Allergy Week 2011: 4-11 April
NEW! WAO Junior Members Group
WAO White Book on Allergy

Thank you for your participation - we look forward to seeing you at the next Member Society Forum in Istanbul during the 2011 EAACI Congress this June!

Introducing the WAO Junior Members Group!
The new WAO Junior Members Group aims to support and encourage young scientists and clinicians by providing the opportunity for them to contribute to the ongoing work of the WAO - and become future WAO leaders! Read more>>

Attention Member Society Presidents:
2011 Membership Renewals Due

As a friendly reminder, all 2011 Membership Dues and Annual Activity Reports are due to Kate Kirchner no later than 15 April 2011. Contact Kate at kkirchner@worldallergy.org with any questions or concerns. Thank you.


Just Released! WAO White Book on Allergy

The WAO White Book on Allergy, edited by Professors Ruby Pawankar, Stephen T. Holgate, G. Walter Canonica, and Richard F. Lockey, contains chapters on various allergic diseases and individual reports contributed by WAO Member Societies.
Read more>>


WAO DRACMA Guidelines Ratified as a WAO Position Paper

WAO is pleased to announce that with the recent conclusion of the 2010 House of Delegates vote, the document “World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow’s Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines,” has been officially ratified as a WAO Position Paper. To access the document on the WAO Journal site, click here.


World Allergy Forum (WAF)

A World Allergy Forum (WAF) session on the topic of "Allergic Diseases, Asthma and Sleep Disturbances" was presented at the 2011 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (USA) on Saturday, 19 March. Read more>>


GLORIA™ US - Accepting Applications for Four Placements

WAO is NOW accepting applications for 2011 US placements of the GLORIA Angioedema Module!

This year's US GLORIA Module focuses on Hereditary Angioedema (HAE), a difficult disease to manage, which presents challenges for both patient and physician. Fortunately, there have been great strides in its management recently, and the GLORIA HAE Module has been updated by an international panel of experts to provide a review of new therapies.

US GLORIA welcomes applications from Regional, State and Local US Allergy Societies to apply for a placement. Please visit: http://www.worldallergy.org/ educational_programs/gloria/us/angioedema_hostapp.php to submit an application. Sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Viropharma.


World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis

On behalf of WAO, Estelle Simons will present the "World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis" toward improved patient care worldwide at . . . Read more>>


Education Resources

New! WAO Interactive Case Report

Episodic Violent Cough: A Tale of Two Boys

by: Sha Li, MD and Bob Q. Lanier, MD

View the report at: http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/

  More education resources for both clinicians and trainees>>

WAO Journal

March 2011
Volume 4, Issue 3
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwaser, MD

Interleukin-13 Signaling and Its Role in Asthma
Efren L. Rael, Richard F. Lockey

Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride Combined With Mometasone Nasal Spray for Persistent Nasal Congestion (Pilot Study)
Efren L. Rael, John Ramey, Richard F. Lockey

Pharmacology of Antihistamines
Diana S. Church, Martin K. Church

Challenges in the Management of Chronic Urticaria
Todor A. Popov

Persistent Allergic Rhinitis and the XPERT Study
Anthi Rogkakou, Elisa Villa, Valentina Garelli, G. Walter Canonica

See the Full Table of Contents


World Allergy Week 2011

World Allergy Week is Next Week!
4-10 April 2011

WAO encourages all Member Societies to help disseminate the message of Allergic Disease as a Global Public Health Concern. Read more>>


 WAC 2011 Update

The Preliminary Scientific Program of the XXII World Allergy Congress is now available online.

To download the Preliminary Program and Call for Abstracts, go to: http://www.worldallergy.org/wac2011/ program/preliminary_program.pdf

More Updates>>


 Henning Lowenstein Research Award 2011

The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award is a biennial award given to a young scientist who has shown excellence within the field of allergy. Read more>>


Events Calendar

Save the Date!
6-9 December 2012

WISC 2012

New Scientific Meeting in China

A Joint Scientific Meeting between the Chinese Society of Allergology (CSA) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) is being planned for October 2011.

Watch for more details to come on these events!

To view all upcoming events, go to: http://www.worldallergy.org/ allergy_meetings/