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

Note from the President

Richard F. LockeyDear Colleagues:

Four months ago, I was honored to assume the Presidency of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Since then, the WAO Board and staff have continued diligently to carry forward a variety of different projects, the most important of which in the immediate future is the Post-graduate International Scientific Conference: "Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care" to be held in Dubai, 5-8 December, 2010.

Please join us at the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2010 in Dubai, December 5-8.
This post-graduate conference will feature approximately 50 renowned faculty members, who will update attendees on the co-morbid conditions associated with asthma, including: vocal cord dysfunction, rhinosinusitis, eczema, bronchiectasis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, and endocrine abnormalities. These and many other co-morbid conditions of asthma will be reviewed and discussed. A few of the many other subjects to be covered include Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT), Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), appropriate immunizations for asthma and COPD, rhinoscopy, bone scans, and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, a common co-morbid condition of asthma. For more information about this International Scientific Conference please visit www.worldallergy.org/2010Dubai/.

WAO Board Retreat
The entire WAO Board will meet in London at the annual meeting of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) in early June. Board members have assembled into ten task forces, formed from three-strategic focus areas, and will report their progress during a "retreat" prior to the Board meeting.

The Fiscal task forces are working on fundraising and other financial matters. Content is another strategic area of focus, and the task forces are discussing clinical immunology and primary immunodeficiency, as well as pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology, and how these should be better integrated into the repertoire of subjects covered at the World Allergy Congress (WAC) and in other educational endeavors. The third strategic focus is Programmatic/WAO Activities, and those task forces are working on ways to grow the WAO Journal, and WAO website, as well as how to better integrate junior members into WAO activities.

In summary, this has been an exciting four months for me. I am pleased that so many of you have taken the time to write me and to express interest in various projects and activities. I appreciate the wonderful cooperation and assistance of the WAO Board and its staff. Keep those emails coming to: rlockey@health.usf.edu

With warm regards,

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

WAO Member Society Forum

WAO warmly invites Member Society representatives to the upcoming WAO Member Society Forum.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010
13:30 - 15:00
ExCeL London Convention Center,
South Gallery Room 27/28

WAO is eager to continue receiving feedback from you and your society. Please come and share with WAO leaders and colleagues from all over the world:

  • Society news & accomplishments
  • Allergy, asthma & immunology news from your country
  • Ideas on continued collaboration with WAO and amongst WAO member societies
  • Your thoughts on topics of interest to the field: continuing medical education, online and distance learning, training programs, growing the specialty, and many more
  • Your feedback on how you see yourself and your society collaborating with WAO on various activities & programs
  • Questions for the WAO leaders

Please RSVP by 27 May 2010 to Kate Kirchner kkirchner@worldallergy.org with any questions.

If you cannot attend, we would be happy to welcome another representative on behalf of your society. Please share this invitation with colleagues. We hope to greet you at this important Member Society event!

WAO White Book on Allergy
Request for comment from Member Society Leaders

WAO is preparing the first WAO White Book on Allergy (WAO White Book) for publication in 2010. WAO believes it is imperative that our member societies are a part of this important project, and invites your allergy society to contribute to the White Book by providing information on the current status of allergy in your country for inclusion in the Appendix to the White Book.

Please Note: the questionnaire is due by 19 May 2010. Please contact Kate Kirchner, at kkirchner@worldallergy.org with any questions.

Anaphylaxis Document Review

WAO Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis for review by Member Society leaders.

Thank you! to the WAO Member Societies that have responded to the request for review of the Anaphylaxis manuscript. Your review of this manuscript is greatly appreciated by the WAO Special Committee on Anaphylaxis. If you have received a request for review and have not yet responded, kindly return the comment form to Kate Kirchner, at kkirchner@worldallergy.org, by Monday 7 June 2010. Thank you

Now published in the WAO Journal!

World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines

Initiated by the WAO Special Committee on Food Allergy, the newly published document "World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines," is a reappraisal of the recent literature on diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk allergy (CMA).

The new information addresses an unmet need because the guidelines currently in use are at least ten years old. The new document covers diagnostic algorithms, challenge testing methodology, consideration of appropriate sensitization tests, and the limits of diagnostic procedures with regard to levels of accuracy. In addition, there is discussion of appropriate substitute formulas that can be used in various clinical situations and with consideration of patient preferences, costs, local availability and others.

The WAO DRACMA Guidelines resulted from collaboration among clinicians and statisticians worldwide. It contains evidence-based guidelines for CMA that were drafted according to the GRADE methodology and encompass the experience from 10,000+ studies translating it into practical recommendations.

Fiocchi A, Brozek J, Schünemann H, Bahna S, von Berg A et al. World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines. World Allergy Organization Journal 2010; 3 (4): 57-161.

DRACMA panel

Glenis ScaddingWAO Allergy Quiz

Check your allergy quotient!
Edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding

A two-year old patient is presenting with failure to thrive, vomiting and irritability. What is your presumptive diagnosis? And what complementary evaluations would you ask for?

  1. Food allergy: Specific IgE and/or patch test
  2. Eosinophilic esophagitis: Endoscopy and biopsy
  3. GERD: pH measurement
  4. Both 2 and 3 above
  5. All of the above

Take the quiz.

Maximiliano GomezThis Allergy Quiz was contributed by Maximiliano Gómez MD,
Head, Allergy & Immunology Unit, Hospital San Bernardo, Salta, Argentina.

call for applicants
The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award 2011 Call for applicants

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 award winner will receive €20,000 and a travel grant to attend the WAO Congress in Cancun, Mexico, December 4-8, 2011.

For more information or to submit an application, please e-mail WAOHLAward@alk-abello.com. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2011.

WISC Dubai


To Register for WISC 2010, click here

To Submit an Abstract, click here

Please visit: www.worldallergy.org/2010Dubai for more information.

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

Richard F. Lockey

Ruby Pawankar

Regional Advisor
Yehia El-Gamal

G. Walter Canonica, Executive Chair
Eric Bateman, Co-Chair
Stephen Holgate, Co-Chair
Robert Lemanske, Co-Chair

Ruby Pawankar, Chair
Bassam Mahboub, Co-Chair
Mona Al Ahmad, Co-Chair

World Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 3, Issue 5
May 2010
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - Editor-in-Chief


Incrimination of Blomia tropicalis as a Potent Allergen in House Dust and Its Role in Allergic Asthma in Kolkata Metropolis, India
Sanjoy Podder; Salil Kumar Gupta; Goutam Kumar Saha


Allergic Disorders in Africa and Africans: Is It Primarily a Priority?
Erasto Vitus Mbugi; Jaffu Othniel Chilongola

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WAF logo

Severe Asthma

XXIX Congress of the EAACI
Sunday, 6 June 2010
13:30 - 15:00
London, UK

Richard F. Lockey (USA) and Jan Lotvall (Sweden)

Phenotypes of severe asthma:
Sally Wenzel (United States)

Effect of asthma exacerbations on natural history:
Robert Lemanske (United States)

Severe asthma treatment in children:
Ulrich Wahn (Germany)


WAO Clinical Allergy Tips – New Topic!

Read about the latest topic in this series on clinical insights and techniques.

Mandel R. Sher

The tests that really count . . .

By Mandel R. Sher, MD

What tips for practicing allergists do you have to share? Contact Stuart Friedman, MD, Medical Editor, Clinical Allergy Tips, at: info@worldallergy.org.

Upcoming WAO Member Society Meetings

Finnish Society Annual Meeting
Finnish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
18 May 2010

LXIV Mexican Congress of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mexican College of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
26-29 May 2010
Mazatlan Sinaloa
Sinaloa, Mexico

In 2011, the CMICA - a WAO Member Society - will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the WAO World Allergy Congress, 4-8 December in Cancun Mexico

KAAACI 2010 Spring Meeting
Korean Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
28-29 May 2010
Seoul, South Korea

EAACI Congress
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
5-9 June 2010
ExCeL Centre
London, United Kingdom

WAO Web Site Is Now HONcode Certified

Congratulations to WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Juan Carlos Ivancevich, the WAO Web Editorial Board members, the content contributors and reviewers, and the WAO web team on achieving HONcode certification from the Health on the Net Foundation.

According to Dr. Ivancevich, web sites with medical content that carry the HONcode seal make a commitment to follow the eight principles in the HON Code of Conduct (http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Webmasters/Conduct.html). This Code of Conduct ultimately helps ensure the quality of information intended for both patients and medical professionals. "Now that the WAO web site has been certified, its contents will be continually reviewed for compliance, and we will strive to hold to these ethical standards for our members and visitors to the site," said Dr. Ivancevich.

The Health On the Net Foundation (www.healthonnet.org), a nongovernmental organization, was established in 1995 under the auspices of the Ministry of Health of the State of Geneva. Its Code of Conduct has become a widely accepted reference worldwide for online health and medical publishers.


ACAAI Save the Date

2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

General Information
Exhibitor prospectus and forms available at http://www.acaai.org/about/Pages/AnnualMeeting.aspx

Abstract Submission
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2010 ACAAI meeting. To begin click on http://acaai2010.abstractcentral.com/, and then select "Create an Account".
Submission ends July 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET.

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

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