WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 6, June 2011

WAC 2011

President's Message

Richard F. Lockey

Many WAO leaders and members have just returned from attending the annual scientific meeting of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), held in Istanbul, Turkey from 11-15 June. Thanks to the great work of WAO leaders and members, WAO had a strong presence in the scientific program of the Congress, participated in the exhibition with two booths, and held several successful business meetings. You will find more details on these activities in the June issue of the WAO News & Notes newsletter.
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WAO Sessions Held at EAACI 2011, Istanbul

The 30th Annual Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 11-15 June 2011, where the excellent scientific program and exciting venue attracted a record number of delegates. Congratulations to all concerned on the excellent Congress, and special thanks to EAACI for hosting the WAO sessions. The World Allergy Forum (WAF), and the session presented by the WAO Small Airways Working Group, were extremely popular and attendance and participation at the WAO Member Society Forum was outstanding.

World Allergy Forum
Thank you to the more than 400 delegates who attended the World Allergy Forum, “Urticaria: Different Phenotypes and Diverse Treatments,” on 14 June in Istanbul, with Chairs, EAACI President Jan Lötvall and WAO President, Richard Lockey. Read more>>

WAO Small Airways Working Group
The Small Airways Symposium, “Why are Small Airways Important to Asthma?” was presented on 12 June, attended by nearly 250 delegates. WAO would like to send a special “thank you” to the speakers, Antoine Magnan, Thomas Casale, and Lanny Rosenwasser and Chairs, EAACI President-Elect Cezmi Akdis and WAO President Richard Lockey. Read more about this session and the work of the group..

WAO Member Society Forum – Read about the Many Exciting Announcements!
As per tradition, the EAACI Congress was the venue for a WAO Member Society Forum, and WAO was delighted to welcome representatives from more than 25 Member Societies from around the world. WAO President, Richard Lockey, welcoming and thanking those present, explained that the Forum provides the opportunity for WAO’s Executive Committee and Board members to meet member society representatives, learn about the activities and needs of Member Societies, update them on WAO’s programs, and solicit ideas and comments from the membership. For those who could not attend, you can read the highlights and announcements here…


Education Updates

The US GLORIA Program is accepting applications for 1 more placement on Angioedema in 2011-2012!

The WAO GLORIA module on Angioedema has been recently updated and offers exciting insights into new treatments. Regional, state and local allergy societies in the US are invited to submit applications. Accepted placements have already been scheduled for the Broward Palm Beach Allergy Society (fall 2011), the Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology (summer 2012), and the Florida Allergy Asthma Immunology Society (summer 2012).

To submit an application, click the following link: US GLORIA 2011 Angioedema Application. lf you have any questions, contact Kate Kirchner at: kkirchner@worldallergy.org.


New Synopsis in the Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Vaccination and the Risk of Atopy and Asthma
Authors: Menachem Rottem, MD – Emek Medical Center, Afula; Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Reviewer: Gailen Marshall, MD, PhD – University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA

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WAO Junior Members Group News

Submitted by: Silvia Sánchez-García, MD

While in San Francisco for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), I heard about the creation of the WAO Junior Members Group. I was invited to participate in the steering committee for this group as a former WAO fellowship recipient.

Our first steering committee meeting consisted of a few people who were... Read more>>


WAO Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) International Alliance Convened in Istanbul during EAACI Congress

The WAO Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) International Alliance met in Istanbul during the EAACI Congress. The Steering Committee, representing WAO’s regions, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Timothy Craig, and a panel of invited experts reviewed the first draft of a global consensus document on the management of this challenging condition. Read more>>


History of the World Allergy Organization Documented

The seeds of the World Allergy Organization were sown in 1951 when leaders in allergy from all over the world came together to form the International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (IAACI). To celebrate the 60-year Diamond Anniversary Read more>>


The European Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (EAACI) has launched an extensive patient information resource online: www.infoallergy.com


 WAC 2011 Registration & Abstract Deadline: 30 June!

The Early Registration deadline for the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Cancún, México 4-8 December, is just eight days away!

Click here to register TODAY to take advantage of the Early Registration rate.

Three Reasons why you should attend the world Allergy Congress:

• Excellent scientific programming
• Global networking and outreach
• Warm hospitality of the Mexican people

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Attention WAO Member Societies:
Participate in the WAC 2011 Member Society Village

Continuing the WAC tradition of promoting WAO Member Societies to the attendees of the World Allergy Congress, a Member Society Village area is being planned for 4-7 December. As individuals pass through the Village, your society - through members staffing the booth - will be able to interact with potential and current members, as well as highlight its activities.

If your society is interested in participating, please email us at: WAC2011Exhibtion@worldallergy.org.

WAO Journal

June 2011
Volume 4, Issue 6
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwaser, MD



Regulating the Regulators: microRNA and Asthma
Jia-wang Wang, PhD; Kunyu Li, BS; Gary Hellerman, PhD; Richard F. Lockey, MD; Subhra Mohapatra, PhD; and Shyam Mohapatra, PhD
United States of America


One Hundred Years of Allergen Immunotherapy: A Centenary Celebration
Stephen Durham, MA, MD
Harold Nelson, MD
United Kingdom

History of the World Allergy Organization: ICACI XI, London 1982, Planning and Results
Roberts Davies, MD, MA, MSc
United Kingdom

History of the World Allergy Organization: The Miyamoto Years of 1991-1994, ICACI XIV in Kyoto 1991
Terumasa Miyamoto, MD, PhD

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Chief Editor Interviews

New Podcast!
Interview with F. Estelle R. Simons, MD, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, on “World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis,” a WAO Position Paper.

MP3 download available


WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award

Application Deadline
30 June 2011

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


Events Calendar


The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) Annual Meeting
July 11 - 13, 2011
Nottingham, UK

29th Annual Aspen Allergy Conference
July 26 - 30, 2011
Aspen, CO (USA)

A Joint Scientific Meeting between the Chinese Society of Allergology (CSA) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) for October 2011. Watch for more details to come!

To view ALL upcoming events, click here.


Obituary: It is with fond rememberance and sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Dr. Freddie Hargreave, President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare. Many of us in the field of allergy/immunology and other disciplines know him as a leader in respiratory medicine who greatly impacted the quality of patient care around the world. We send our sympathies to his family.

Read message from Dr. David A. Higgins, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare.