WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 6, Issue 4 WAO Events and Programs - April 2009
World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2009 - Buenos Aires, Argentina,  6-10 December 2009

Abstract Submission and Early Registration Deadline: 11 May 2009

WAO Expert Interviews
New Conversations!

Stephen Tilles
Interview with
Dr. Stephen Tilles
Title: Vocal Cord Dysfunction Syndrome

Ronald Simon
Interview with
Dr. Ronald Simon
Title: Aspirin Desensitization

James Gern
Interview with
Dr. James Gern
Title: Rhinovirus: What's new?

WAO Webinar Recordings

Presentations given by WAO members as "webinars" via the Internet are recorded and archived for viewing on the WAO web site in the "Education in Allergy" section.

Richard F. Lockey
Risk Assessment in Anaphylaxis
Richard F. Lockey

Allergy Patient Information Links
Now on the WAO Website!

Now on the WAO Website -Patient information around the world about allergic diseases. Now your patients and other visitors to the site can search links to patient organizations, hospitals, clinics and allergy societies that offer information for patients. They can search by language, country or region.

This feature has been made possible by the WAO Member Societies who have been sharing their links and to Dr. Bernard Thong, the leader of this project. The current list will be expanded upon over the next few months.

Visit the site to see the growing list.

WAO Experts to Speak at the VII International Congress Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

INTERASMA Regional Congress
7-9 May, 2009
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Website: www.inmunoalergiacolombia.com.co/
Email: asistente@contacticacomunicaciones.com

G. Walter Canonica and Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani and Juan Carlos Ivancevich are among the invited speakers.

New Topic in the Allergic Diseases Resource Center!

pregnant woman Synopsis
Allergic Diseases and Asthma in Pregnancy

Isabella Pali-Schöll, PhD, and
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Review Article
See also the review article published in the
WAO Journal:
Asthma and Allergic Diseases in Pregnancy: A Review.
World Allergy Organization Journal. 2(3):26-36, March 2009.
Isabella Pali-Scholl, PhD; Cassim Motala, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI; Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

AAAAI Annual Meeting Held April 2009
Washington D.C. USA

AAAAI 2009 Annual Meeting

See the photo gallery now online!

Find information about purchasing the Virtual Annual Meeting on DVD.

If you are a AAAAI member, you may access the handouts by logging in.

call for applicants
The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award 2009
Call for applicants

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

The award winner will receive €20,000 and a travel grant to attend the WAO Congress in Buenos Aires, December 6-10, 2009.

For application guidelines and deadlines, please visit www.alk-abello.com "The WAO Henning Løwenstein Award 2009"

World Allergy Forum
WAF Symposium Presented in
Washington D.C., March 2009
Materials now available!

Information and presentation materials from the recent World Allergy Forum Symposium, which took place at the 2009 AAAAI Annual Meeting, are now available online. Please visit the WAF web page for more information on "New Insights into Immunotherapy for Allergic Disorders".

Upcoming WAF Symposium

"The Future Use of Biologicals in Allergy and Asthma"
Sunday, 7 June 2009
15:30 - 17:00
Warsaw, Poland

G. Walter Canonica, President, WAO
Roy Gerth van Wijk, President, EAACI

Future use of biologicals in allergy and asthma - Pro
Andrew Wardlaw, United Kingdom

Future use of biologicals in allergy and asthma - Con
Klaus Rabe, The Netherlands

Anti-IgE - beyond the current indications
William Busse, United States

World Allergy Forum is funded through an unrestricted educational grant from


WAO-AAAAI Immunology Series
Now Online!

WAO is pleased to announce a new CME program of Web-based expert lectures on the basic immunology mechanisms underlying allergic disease to help in patient diagnosis and treatment and understanding the rationale behind immunotherapeutic strategies.

David Chaplin
David Chaplin

Jordan Orange
T Cell Immunity and
Innate Cellular Immunity
Jordan Orange

Michael Frank
Innate Humoral Immunity
Michael Frank

Bruce Bochner
Cells of the Allergic Response
Bruce Bochner

Lanny Rosenwasser
Cytokines and their Receptors
Lanny Rosenwasser

John Steinke
Chemokines and their Receptors
John Steinke

Francisco Bonilla
Defects of B Cell Immunity
Francisco Bonilla

Thomas Fleisher
Defects of T Cell Immunity
Thomas Fleisher

Coming soon:
B-Cell Immunity
Mark Ballow

Visit the seminar here.


The Global Resources in Allergy (GLORIA) curriculum educates medical professionals worldwide, through local, state, regional and national presentations. Modules are created from established guidelines and recommendations to address different aspects of allergy-related patient care. To learn more, click here.

Upcoming US GLORIA Placements

Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society
May 14, 2009
Austin, Texas
Speaker: Michael A. Kaliner
Modules: Allergic Rhinitis, Chronis Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyposis

Minnesota Allergy Society
May 26, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota
Speaker: Allen Kaplan
Module: Angioedema

2009 US GLORIA is funded through unrestricted educational grants from:


Emerging Societies ProgramThe Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the WAO and the ACAAI, hosted an ESP Delegates Meeting for the Middle East - Northern Africa (MENA) region. ESP also collaborated with AAAAI and EAACI to host the first WAO Allergy Training School (WATS) for the MENA region. Both programs were held in conjunction with the Middle East-Asia Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Congress (MEAAAIC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. WAO would like to congratulate and thank all of our partners and participants for most successful programs.

For more information regarding the Emerging Societies Program (ESP) and its activities, please click here.

WAO Members

WAO JournalWorld Allergy Organization Journal
April 2009

New Initiatives at the WAO Journal.
Rosenwasser, Lanny J.

Original Articles
Desloratadine Therapy Improves Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms in Latin American Children Aged 6 to 12 years.
Tassinari, Paolo; Suárez, Nelson R.; Centeno, Jorge; Vergara Velásquez, Janina; Aguirre-Mariscal, Héctor; González Díaz, Sandra N.; Fernández de Córdova Jerves, Alfredo; and the Latin American Desloratadine Study Group

Clinical Efficacy and Safety of a Combined Loratadine-Betamethasone Oral Solution in the Treatment of Severe Pediatric Perennial Allergic Rhinitis.
Mendoza de Morales, Teolinda; Sánchez, Francis

Differences in the Asthma Treatment of Children between Europe and Japan - A Questionnaire-based Survey Using Model Cases.
Nambu, Mitsuhiko; Holgate, Stephen

Specific Immunotherapy in a Pollen Allergic Patient with HIV Infection.
Steiner, Urs C.; Furrer, Hansjakob; Helbling, Arthur

Letter to the Editor
Curcumin in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: Culprit or Bystander.
Irani, Cara; Haddad, Fadi; Maalouly, Georges; Nemnoum, Rita

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