WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 7, Issue 4 WAO Events and Programs - April 2010
WISC Dubai, 5-8 December 2010 - Online registration and abstract submission now open

Note from the President

Richard F. LockeyDear Colleagues:

The World Allergy Organization, a world federation of allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology societies, held activities of the Emerging Societies Program (ESP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 28-29, 2010.

The ESP, a joint initiative of the WAO and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), aims to disseminate information on and share experiences about new treatments for allergic diseases and about new indications for available therapies. The Meetings of the ESP are structured to enable new and emerging allergy societies to interface with the WAO, and to help them develop their society in a way which will make it compatible with WAO's Membership Criteria. The World Allergy Training School (WATS), the newest ESP outreach activity, helps in capacity building by training representatives from various countries in the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases.

ESP Hanoi
WATS delegates in Hanoi, March 2010

The delegation to Hanoi was led by one of the ESP Co-Chairs, Ruby Pawankar. Other representatives participating included G. Walter Canonica and Sami Bahna (representing the ACAAI). Pakit Vichyanond represented the Asian Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) at this program. Myron Zitt, Chair of ESP, could not attend but was instrumental in arranging this wonderful conference. Twenty-two physicians and other healthcare professionals, from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, attended the WATS and their leaders met with the faculty for the ESP Meeting. The faculty also met with top Vietnamese health authorities to promote the specialty of allergy and clinical immunology. From all reports, it was an extraordinarily successful conference. The next ESP Meeting and WATS will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2010. The ESP page is online at: http://www.worldallergy.org/esp/.

Another WAO initiative is to enhance the activities of the special committees, under the auspices of the Scientific and Clinical Issues Council, chaired by Tari Haahtela. These committees include:

  • Allergy Diagnosis - Tari Haahtela, Chair
  • Anaphylaxis - Estelle Simons, Chair
  • Asthma - Stephen Holgate, Chair
  • Climate Change, Migration and Allergy - Gennaro D'Amato, Chair
  • Clinical Trials - Sergio Bonini, Chair
  • Drug Allergy - Pascal Demoly, Chair
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Methodology - Holger Schünemann and Jan Brozek, Chairs
  • Food Allergy - Alessandro Fiocchi, Chair
  • Immunotherapy - Dennis Ledford and Giovanni Passalacqua, Chairs

All are involved in developing various documents and other projects appropriate for the specialty and excellence in care. WAO Committees and Councils are listed at: http://www.worldallergy.org/ wao_societies/committeesandcouncils.php.

The Board of Directors and the WAO staff are busy helping the Scientific Program Committee finalize the program for the December 5-8, 2010 WAO International Scientific Conference on Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care. Between 2,000 and 3,000 professionals from around the world are expected to attend this world-class conference. Thirty-five to 40 world-class faculty members will multi-task to put on this state-of-the-art post-graduate conference. Sign up by logging on to http://www.worldallergy.org/2010dubai/.

With warm regards,

Richard F. Lockey, M.D.
President, World Allergy Organization

Attention: Anaphylaxis Document Review
by WAO Member Society Leaders

New WAO manuscript for review by WAO MEMBER SOCIETY leaders. The WAO Specialty Committee on Anaphylaxis has drafted the WAO Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis for Member Society review as part of the process for developing a WAO Position Paper. It was emailed to society leaders on 9 March.

If you have received a request for review on behalf of your society, kindly return the comment form to Kate Kirchner, at kkirchner@worldallergy.org by Monday 7 June 2010. Thank you in advance for your collaboration.

Request to WAO Member Society Presidents

2010 WAO Membership Renewal: The deadline for WAO Membership renewals was 15 April 2010. If you have not yet sent your 2010 Membership Dues and Annual Activity Reports, please send them to Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org as soon as possible. Thank you!

AAIR Now Indexed in PubMed Central

AAIR journalCongratulations to Choon-Sik Park, Editor-in-Chief of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research (AAIR). AAIR is the official publication of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease. The new journal has been accepted for indexing in PubMed and PubMed Central. It also is indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), CAB Abstracts and Global Health databases.

WISC Dubai

Online Registration and Abstract Submission – Now Open

To Register for WISC 2010, click here

To Submit an Abstract, click here

Accommodation and Optional Tour Information – Now Available
Please visit: www.worldallergy.org/2010Dubai for more information.

To view the Program-at-a-glance, click here

Conference President
Richard F. Lockey

Conference Organization Chair
Ruby Pawankar

Scientific Program Committee Chairs
G. Walter Canonica, Executive Chair
Eric Bateman, Co-Chair
Stephen Holgate, Co-Chair
Robert Lemanske, Co-Chair

Regional Advisor
Yehia El-Gamal

Local Organizing Committee Chairs
Ruby Pawankar, Chair
Bassam Mahboub, Co-Chair
Mona Al Ahmad, Co-Chair

World Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 3, Issue 4
April 2010
ISBN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - Editor-in-Chief


World Allergy Organization Diagnosis and Rationale Against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines
Alessandro Fiocchi, Holger Schünemann, Sami L. Bahna, Andrea von Berg, Kirsten Beyer, Martin Bozzola, Julia Bradsher, Jan Brozek, Enrico Compalati, Motohiro Ebisawa, Maria Antonieta Guzman, Haiqi L, Raif G. Heine, Paul Keith, Gideon Lack, Massimo Landi, Alberto Martelli, Fabienne Rancé, Hugh Sampson, Airton Stein, Luigi Terracciano, and Stefan Vieths.


Progress in understanding postnatal immune dysregulation in allergic disease
Susan L. Prescott, David Martino, Megan Hodder, Tara Richman, and Meri K. Tulic


The Impact of a program for control of asthma in a low-income setting
Alvaro A. Cruz, Adelmir Souza-Machado, Rosana Franco, Carolina Souza-Machado, Eduardo V. Ponte, Pablo Moura Santos, and Maurício L. Barreto


The scope of pharmacological and clinical effects of modern antihistamines, proceedings of a satellite symposium held at the 21st World Allergy Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 8th December 2009
Authors: Martin K. Church, Jorge F. Máspero, Marcus Maurer, Dermot Ryan
Editors: G. Walter Canonica, Carlos E. Baena-Cagani

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Glenis ScaddingWAO Allergy Quiz

Check your allergy quotient!
Edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding

Which of the following statements about *atopic dermatitis is FALSE?

  1. A large number of patients have defects in protein filaggrin.
  2. All patients with atopic dermatitis/eczema have high levels of food-specific IgE.
  3. S.aureus can be cultured from 90% of the lesions of patients with atopic dermatitis.
  4. Serum IL-31 levels correlate with disease activity in patients with atopic dermatitis.

*See Editor's Note regarding "atopic eczema" nomenclature.

Take the quiz.

This month's quiz question was contributed by Juan Schuhl, MD.

Nominees Selected for PhARF 2010 Award

Christopher Kepley
Nikolaos Papadopoulos

The Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF) has identified nominees for this year's prestigious PhARF Award, which encourages progress in allergy research by recognizing outstanding younger investigators. The nominees are Christopher Kepley, PhD from Luna Innovations in the USA and Nikolaos Papadopoulos, MD from the University of Athens, Greece. The winner will be announced at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI London 2010).

To learn more about PhARF and this year's award process, read the story on the Phadia website.

World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2011 - Cancun, Mexico, 4-8 December 2011

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