WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 04, April 2013

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President's MessageRuby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from WAO!

World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013

We are less than two months away from the EAACI-WAO Congress in Milan. We have received a total of 2,145 abstracts, which is a record number of abstracts submitted in the history of both WAO and EAACI Congresses! With this record high number of abstracts, the Congress will be a true platform for global scientific exchange and learning. In addition to the large number of abstracts, the scientific program will offer a wide array of sessions from a Nurses Course to JMA Sessions to Hot Topics to state-of-the-art Plenaries. Read more >>

World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013

A total of 2,145 abstracts have been received for the Congress, the highest number in the history of all allergy Congresses! Register before 15 May to save money!


Online Scientific Program now available!

Click here to view the most up-to-date sessions and speakers.


WAO-JSA Symposium
12 May 2013 – 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.
Conference Center, Pacifico Yokohama, Room 503, 4/F

  • Chairpersons: Professor Ruby Pawankar and Professor Yuji Tohda
  • Lecture 1 – Small Airways Disease: Physiology of Small Airways Disease
    Speaker – Dr. Thomas Casale
  • Lecture 2 – Small Airways Disease: Japanese Perspective
    Speaker – Morimotsu Tomikawa

World Allergy Training School (WATS) and WAO Symposium on Severe Allergies
15 June 2013
Jakarta, Indonesia

On 15 June 2013, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), along with the Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI), will be holding a World Allergy Training School (WATS) and WAO Symposium on Severe Allergies at the Indonesia Allergy Society Congress.

World Allergy Forum
24 June 2013 -1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Milano Convention Centre, Milan, Italy

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) invites you to attend the session, "Omics in Allergic Disease," being presented at the WAO-EAACI World Allergy and Asthma Congress in Milan, Italy from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. at the Milano Convention Centre. Visit WAF online.

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

WAO Journal

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

The most common aeroallergens in a tropical region in Southwestern Iran
Assarehzadegan MA, Shakurnia AH and Amini A
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Difficult to control atopic dermatitis
Darsow U, Wollenberg A, Simon D, Taïeb A, Werfel T et al.
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Relieving nasal congestion in children with seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis: Efficacy and safety studies of mometasone furoate nasal spray
Meltzer EO, Baena-Cagnani CE, Gates D, Teper A

2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012), Abstracts
Abstract List

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
If you would like to nominate a candidate or submit your own application, please contact waoj@worldallergy.org. All application materials are due 1 May 2013.

Medical Journal Reviews

Literature Review
Editors' Choice

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Recognition of specific subphenotypes of asthma...

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

A History of Immunology, Second Edition
By Arthur M Silverstein

Reviewed by
Tara F Carr, MD

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

Omalizumab decreases hospitalization or ED visits in patients with uncontrolled severe asthma in real-life practice...

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What's New

Prof. Mario Sánchez-Borges Receives the Venezuelan Medical Excellence Award!

Prof. Mario Sánchez-Borges, WAO Secretary-General, was awarded the Venezuelan Medical Excellence Award on 6 April 2013 by the Network of Venezuelan Scientific Medical Societies. The award was given to Prof. Sánchez-Borges in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievements which have contributed to the advancement of excellence in Venezuelan Specialized Medicine.

World Allergy Week 2013 a Huge Success!

From 8-14 April, WAO hosted World Allergy Week 2013 in collaboration with its Member Societies, patient organizations, and others interested in raising awareness of Food Allergy as a Rising Global Health Problem. A wide range of activities took place during the week including live press conferences, press teleconferences, patient education programs, workshops, and free allergy testing as well as active promotions through social media channels, websites and blogs. The reports sent to WAO have been posted at www.worldallergyweek.org, which will continue to be updated throughout the next few weeks. We encourage you to take look at the ways you collectively advanced the causes of World Allergy Week. WAO is looking forward to collaborating with you again for World Allergy Week 2014!