WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 7, Issue 6 WAO Events and Programs - June 2010
WISC Dubai, 5-8 December 2010 - Online registration and abstract submission now open

Member Society Forum

Thank you to everyone who attended the WAO Member Society Forum during the EAACI Congress in London! The WAO Leadership greatly appreciates every opportunity to interact with WAO's Member Society representatives. Thank you for your participation!

WAO White Book on Allergy

Thank you! to all who participated on behalf of your WAO Member Society in providing information on the current status of allergy in your country. This information will be included in the WAO White Book on Allergy, scheduled to be published later in 2010. Please check the WAO website, www.worldallergy.org, for announcements regarding the book's publication.

Anaphylaxis Document Review

Thank you! to everyone who participated in reviewing the document, WAO Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis. This has been a rigorous and successful research initiative of the WAO Special Committee on Anaphylaxis, and we look forward to sharing this informative and useful document upon its publication. Please visit www.worldallergy.org for publication announcements. Once endorsed by the WAO Member Societies and ratified by the WAO House of Delegates, this document will become a WAO Position Paper.

Glenis ScaddingWAO Allergy Quiz

Check your allergy quotient!
Edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding

This month's quiz was contributed by Nikos Papadopoulos and Heidi Makrinioti, Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, University of Athens, Goudi, Greece.

Which of the following wheezing phenotypes seems to be more likely to persist into childhood?

  1. Transient infantile wheeze
  2. Episodic wheeze
  3. Atopic asthma
  4. Both (a) and (b)

Take the quiz

WAO Research Fellowship Report

Dr. Liliana Cifuentes from Colombia was awarded the 2008-9 WAO Long-Term Research Fellowship to study with Prof. Johannes Ring in Munich. Her report on the study "Evaluation of Risk Genes for Atopy and Eczema in Latin American Disease Cohorts and Comparison to European Cohorts" is available here.

WAO thanks Prof. Ring for hosting this very successful Fellowship.

WAF logo

A World Allergy Forum (WAF) on the topic of Severe Asthma was held on 6 June 2010 at the XXIX Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) in London.

Moderated by Richard Lockey, President, WAO, and Jan Lötvall, President EAACI, the speakers addressed phenotypes of severe asthma (Sally Wenzel), the effect of asthma exacerbations on natural history (Robert Lemanske), and severe asthma treatment in children (Ulrich Wahn). More than 400 delegates attended this well-received session.

To view abstracts and slides from this forum, visit the WAF web pages.


Winners of the PhARF 2010 Award

Christopher Kepley, PhD, USA Nikolaos Papadopoulos, MD (Greece)

The Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF) selected two winners this year for the prestigious PhARF Award, which encourages progress in allergy research by recognizing outstanding younger investigators. Christopher Kepley, PhD, (USA) and Nikolaos Papadopoulos, MD (Greece), received their awards at a ceremony on 7 June 2010 during the EAACI Congress in London.

Read the announcement.

To learn more about PhARF the award process, see the story at the Phadia website.


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.

WISC Dubai


To Register for 2010 WISC, click here.

To Submit an Abstract or Review Abstract Submission Guidelines, click here.

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

Full Preliminary Scientific Program Now Available Online.
To view the Program click here.

Richard F. Lockey

Ruby Pawankar

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


Mona Al Ahmed
Hatem Al Ameri
Suleiman Al Hammadi
Ghazi Al Otaibi
Omar Al Rawas
Salem Al Tamemi
Ashraf Al Zaaibi
Saleh Al-Muhsen
Ignacio Ansotegui
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani
Amad Bahammam
Sami Bahna
Neil Barnes
Eric Bateman
Zeina Baz
Michael Blaiss
Sergio Bonini
Louis-Philippe Boulet
Fulvio Braido
G. Walter Canonica
Adnan Custovic
Motohiro Ebisawa
Yehia El-Gamal
Alessandro Fiocchi
Sandra González-Díaz
Paul Greenberger
Tari Haahtela
Stephen T. Holgate
Abdulla Ibrahim
Majdi Idris
Juan Carlos Ivancevich
Omer Kalayci
Michael A. Kaliner
Pramod Kelkar
Nizar Kheralla
Marek L. Kowalski
Dennis Ledford
Robert Lemanske
Richard F. Lockey
Bassam Mahboub
Mohammad Reza Masjedi
Harold Nelson
Paul O'Byrne
Hae-Sim Park
Ruby Pawankar
Stephen Peters
Riccardo Polosa
Lanny Rosenwasser
Menachem Rottem
Mario Sánchez-Borges
Glenis Scadding
Tatiana Slavyanskaya
Giovanni Viegi
Adel Wahadneh
Fares Zaitoun
Myron Zitt

World Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 3, Issue 6
June 2010
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - Editor-in-Chief


Dermatology for the Allergist
Dennis Kim, MD and Richard Lockey, MD
United States


Update on Biological Therapeutics for Asthma
Bruce S. Bochner, MD and Marisha Cook, MD
United States

Anti-Ids in Allergy: Timliness of a Classic Concept
Julia Wallmann, MSc, Isabella Pali-Schöll, PhD, and Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

If you are a current member of a WAO Member Society:

Go to the WAO Web site (www.worldallergy.org). Click "Members Only" and you will be provided with instructions on how to access the full text of all articles published in the WAO Journal. To enjoy continual access, return to www.WorldAllergy.org and Members Only each time to newly access the full text.

Not a member? Sign up for the WAO Journal at: www.waojournal.org

Small Airways Working Group

WAO Establishes New Working Group to
Focus on Small Airway Diseases

WAO has established the global Small Airways Working Group to increase awareness of diseases related to the small airways as well as to highlight scientific findings and encourage research in this area. This work also includes the development of a credible, evidence-based, global platform for physicians and other health care professionals around the world to have ease-of-access to the latest, most relevant scientific, clinical and educational resources on small airway diseases.

The first live, international activity of the Small Airways Working Group, a symposium, was held in London on 8 June 2010 during the EAACI Congress, with the theme of "The Clinical Relevance of Small Airways in Asthma: An Emerging Therapeutic Target". The symposium was chaired by Richard F. Lockey (USA) and J. Christian Virchow (Germany) and consisted of presentations by Leif Bjermer (Sweden), "Clinical importance of small airways in asthma"; Lanny J. Rosenwasser (USA), "Particle deposition and small airways in asthma"; and Qutayba Hamid (Canada), "Therapeutic implications: innovations in aerosol delivery".

Please watch the Small Airways Working Group site for continued developments: www.worldallergy.org/small_airways_group/


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

Upcoming WAO Member Society Meetings

VIII Annual Meeting
Mongolian Society of Allergology
23-24 June 2010
Information Center of MOH, Ulaanbaatar

XVIII National Congress of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology
7-10 July 2010
Monterrey, Mexico

National Allergy Day Celebration & Allergy Club
(Tree Planting & Lectures & Medical Mission)
Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
8 July 2010
Manila, Philippines

5th Biennial Scientific Sessions of the AISSL
Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka
29-30 July 2010
Aldo Castellani Auditorium, Medical Research Institute,
Columbo 8,
Sri Lanka

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

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