WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 3, March 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

World Allergy Week will take place from 13-19 April 2015. This year, WAO has selected the theme Airway Allergies – The Human and Economic Burden. Airway Allergies is rising in prevalence around the world and there is a need for understanding of treatment and increasing the quality of life. WAO will reach out globally to share information and encourage dialogue and collaboration toward improved patient care and quality of life for those who suffer from airway allergies.

World Allergy Week is an opportunity for your Member Society to raise awareness of the unmet needs of airway allergies and the specific issues that affect your communities. I hope you will join us during World Allergy Week and conduct outreach activities targeted to patients, caregivers, medical professionals, policymakers and the general public for the benefit of the patient. WAO will provide resources to its member societies for use in local, national and regional activities, and these materials will be available online at www.worldallergyweek.org. [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

WAC 2015 Registration and Abstract Submission - Now Open

To register for WAC 2015, click here.

To submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the WAC 2015 Scientific Program, click here.

To find more information on the stimulating science to be offered at this Congress, see the Preliminary Program here.

2015 Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome

Participate in the second global meeting of its kind!

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WAO on Facebook

WAO would like to thank its followers: WAO now has 2,000 likes on Facebook!

Join the other 2,000 followers on 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.

And don’t forget about the other WAO social media sites!





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


The IgE response to Ascaris molecular components is associated with clinical indicators of asthma severity
Buendía E, Zakzuk J, Mercado D, Alvarez A, Caraballo L
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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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Intralymphatic immunity
Senti G, Kündig T
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Aluminum in allergies and allergen immunotherapy
Jensen-Jarolim E
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Reviewer Acknowledgement
Fiocchi A, Jensen-Jarolim E
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Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
John Oppenheimer, MD

Skin Prick Test: Relating the allergen wheal response to histamine

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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 Alexandru Corlateanu

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What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Vitamin D might have potential as an add-on treatment option in eosinophilic asthma

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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.

What's New

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

Lanny Rosenwasser MD, introduces World Allergy Week 2015 (13-19 April), Airway Allergies – The Human and Economic Burden and information on how to get involved.

View this and more videos from WAO leaders at www.worldallergyweek.org.

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.

Are you thinking about what to plan for your member society? See what other member societies did last year for World Allergy Week, click here.

What activities are you planning in order to increase awareness of airway allergies? Tell us at info@worldallergy.org.

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Remember to use the hashtag #WorldAllergyWeek


World Allergy Organization (WAO) and McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention. World Allergy Organization Journal 2015; 8:4. (doi:10.1186/s40413-015-0055-2)

Authors: Alessandro Fiocchi, Ruby Pawankar, Carlos Cuello-Garcia, Kangmo Ahn, Suleiman Al-Hammadi, Arnav Agarwal, Kirsten Beyer, Wesley Burks, G Walter Canonica, Motohiro Ebisawa, Shreyas Gandhi, Rose Kamenwa, Bee Wah Lee, Haiqi Li, Susan Prescott, John J Riva, Lanny Rosenwasser, Hugh Sampson, Michael Spigler, Luigi Terracciano, Andrea Vereda-Ortiz, Susan Waserman, Juan José Yepes-Nuñez, Jan L Bro┼╝ek, and Holger J Schünemann

Allergic diseases represent a spectrum of health conditions and a worldwide burden in different populations. In the field of allergy and immunology the focus on prevention has become as important as effective disease management. Now for the first time there are guidelines that recommend proactive strategies for the prevention of allergic diseases: World Allergy Organization – McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention (GLAD-P): Probiotics. An author panel of international allergists, allergy patient representatives, and evidence-based medicine experts developed the document. They evaluated current evidence on the preventive effects of probiotics on allergic diseases and related clinically important outcomes. Published in the World Allergy Organization Journal, the guidelines are freely available for access online.

Support for the dissemination of the document has been provided by these founding sponsors:

And these additional sponsors:


Ask the Expert

Spring Season vs Thunderstorm Asthma
I see a lot of patients with spring seasonal asthma every year in Australia, but so-called "thunderstorm asthma" cases are few and occur in mini-epidemics. Is there a difference in the pathogenesis of these two forms of asthma?
Experts Responses from: Wayne Thomas, PhD and Jonathan Bernstein, MD

Allergy Quiz

WAO would like to thank Dr Glenis Scadding, Editor of Allergy Quiz, for her support of this educational program.

In 2010, the Allergy Quiz was created to encourage visitors to interact with the site by answering a short multiple-choice quiz on allergy, clicking through to read the answer and exploring links to related content on the site. If you would like the opportunity to submit an Allergy Quiz please contact Samantha Machart.


WAO Junior Member, Prof Marco Caminati highlights an exciting new survey developed in collaboration with WAO, EAACI and AAAAI. Please check out the WAO Junior Members News for more details!


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.