WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 03, March 2013

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President's MessageRuby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from the World Allergy Organization!

Many of us have just returned from the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Antonio where several of the WAO Councils and Committees as well as the Board of Directors met. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who took the time to attend and contribute to these meetings to assist WAO in our many projects and initiatives.

I especially would like to thank the Executive Committee and the WAO Board of Directors for the collegial and fruitful meetings, and I look forward to developing the many initiatives we discussed. We will be working closely with all WAO member societies towards the larger global mission of our specialty to improve patient care and the patient's quality of life, and we thank you in advance for your valuable contribution.


World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013

Late Breaking Abstract submission now open!

Participate in the Scientific Program of the Congress and submit your research by 2 April!

Click here to submit.

Register Today! For the most important meeting in 2013 to learn about advances in research in the treatment and prevention of allergy and asthma!


Participate in the first global meeting of its kind!

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WAO is pleased to Welcome Four New Member Societies in 2013!

WAO now consists of 93 regional and national allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies from around the world.

New WAO Associate Member Societies:

  • Allergy Society of Kenya
  • Indian Academy of Allergy
  • Taiwan Academy of Pediatric Allergy Asthma Immunology

New WAO Regional Member Organization:

  • Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology

If your National or Regional Society is not yet a member of WAO (see full list here) please submit an application online.

Dues Reminder
All Member Societies must submit their renewal materials, including dues, by 15 April 2013. This can now be done online through WAO’s new web-based application.

If your society has not yet submitted a billing contact to the WAO Secretariat and/or needs a new billing contact form, please contact Kathrine at kstainbrook@worldallergy.org.

Thank you to all of the Societies that have already submitted their renewal materials!

WAO Journal

Volume 6
March 2013
Chief Editor: Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD

Original Research
Relieving Nasal Congestion in Children with Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis: Efficacy and Safety Studies of Mometasone Furoate Nasal Spray
Full Text

Original Research
Recognition of Allergic Conjunctivitis in Patient with Allergic Rhinitis
Full Text

Difficult to Control Atopic Dermatitis

Sign up for email notifications of new articles on the new journal site. Articles published in the WAO Journal will also be available through PubMed Central. Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.

Call for applications, Editor-in-Chief: Application deadline is 15 April 2013

Medical Journal Reviews

Literature Review
Editors' Choice

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Recent advancement in understanding primary immunodeficiencies...

Read the article reviews »

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations
Edited by Jadwiga A Wedzicha, Fernando J Martinez

Reviewed by
Alexandru Corlateanu, MD, PhD

Read the review »

What Is New in Small Airways Research?
By Ves Dimov, MD

A significant relationship between asthma and cognitive impairment in older patients

Read the article reviews

What's New

World Allergy Week 2013 Coming in April!

World Allergy Week 2013 will take place 8-14 April and focus on the theme of Food Allergy – A Rising Global Health Problem. WAO will again provide resources for its Member Societies to access online for use in their outreach activities. Continue to visit www.worldallergyweek.org for updates.

How will you address the rising global health problem of Food Allergy?

Tell us what your society, practice or you as an individual are planning, through email (info@worldallergy.org), Facebook and twitter (@worldallergy, #worldallergyweek).


Editor-in-Chief, World Allergy Organization Journal

The World Allergy Organization is accepting applications and nominations for Editor-in-Chief of the World Allergy Organization Journal. The newly appointed Editor-in-Chief will work in this transition year with the current Editor-in-Chief, assuming full responsibility for the role on 1 January 2014. Candidates must be practicing allergists/immunologists and an individual member of a WAO Member Society, preferably with experience on the editorial board of a scholarly medical journal. For more information, please contact the WAO Journal Editorial Office by email. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2013.

World Allergy Forum – 24 February 2013
The World Allergy Forum (WAF) took place on 24 February 2013 at the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  The topic, "Advances in Tolerance Induction to Allergens,” presented by Prof Paul Bryce, Prof Katrina Allen and Prof Giovanni Passalacqua, was a great success!  To see more, visit WAF online!

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

Emerging Societies Program Now on WAO TV!
Emerging Societies Program (ESP) Chair, Dr. Dana Wallace along with recent World Allergy Training School (WATS) speaker, Dr. Stephen Tilles discuss the great advances of both the ESP and WATs programs on WAO TV.  Watch them now on WAO TV!