WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 6, June 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

Many of us have just returned from the European Academy of Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where several of the WAO Committees as well as the WAO Board of Directors met. I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you who took the time to attend and contribute actively to these WAO meetings which are essential to our many ongoing projects and initiatives. [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

Submit your Late-Breaking Abstract by 13 July 2015. Five additional Travel Grants are available for WAO Junior Members submitting Late-Breaking Abstracts.

Register by 31 August 2015 to receive a reduced registration price!

Announcing the WAC 2015 Selfie Campaign!

WAO invites you and your colleagues to show the global reach of WAC 2015 by taking part in the WAC 2015 Selfie Campaign. All you need to do is take a selfie with the WAC 2015 selfie sign highlighting a local landmark and post the selfie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtags: #WAC2015Selfie and #WAC2015.

Once you have posted your photo using the hashtags, you will receive a private message with a discount code for registration to WAC 2015. You must register by 31 August to qualify.

Look for your selfie during the WAC 2015 Opening Ceremony.

Click here for more information and to print a WAC 2015 selfie sign.

World Allergy Training School (WATS): Havana, Cuba

On 26-27 May, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy held the World Allergy Training School (WATS) in Havana, Cuba during the VIII Cuban National Allergy Congress. Dr Lanny Rosenwasser, Dr Dana Wallace, Dr Bob Lanier and Dr Jim Sublett were all present to conduct the Training School for 50 young physicians in attendance. Be sure to read in-depth about this great WATS Program in Cuba!

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

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June 2015
Volume 8
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD


Genetic, familial and environmental correlates of asthma among early adolescents in Sri Lanka: a case control study
Danansuriya MN, Rajapaksa LC, Weerasinghe A
Sri Lanka
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Catching allergy by a simple questionnaire
Galimberti M, Passalacqua G, Incorvaia C, Castella V, Costantino MT, Cucchi B, Gangemi S et al
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Chronic urticaria merits serum vitamin D evaluation and supplementation; a randomized case control study
Rasool R, Masoodi KZ, Shera IA, Yosuf Q, Bhat IA, Qasim I, Nissar S, Shah ZA
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How an online survey on the treatment of allergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma (ARIA) detected specialty-specific knowledge-gaps
Larenas Linnemann DES, Medina Avalos MA, Lozano Saenz J
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The microbiome of the human lower airways: a next generation sequencing perspective
Aho VTE, Pereira PAB, Haahtela T, Pawankar R, Auvinen P, Koskinen K
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Mechanisms of allergen-specific immunotherapy and immune tolerance to allergens
Akdis CA and Akdis M
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Articles published in the WAO Journal are available through PubMed Central and PubMed.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.

The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information.
– Alessandro Fiocchi, MD

Allergy is a global clinical problem, but the answer to it lies in the allergen molecules. Only when understanding the mechanisms will we have a chance to prevent, diagnosis, and treat allergies in our patients in an optimal way.
– Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
John Oppenheimer, MD

Analysis of airway wall structure and inflammation in preschoolers with severe recurrent wheeze.

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Immunology of Aging

Edited by Ahmad Massoud, Nima Rezaei

Reviewed by Mario Rodenas, MD

Read the Review

What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Unmet needs for assessment of small airways dysfunction in asthma will hopefully be met by the ongoing ATLANTIS study.

Read this and all article reviews

Thank You, Website Translators!

Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

Click on the following feature you would like to read translated: President’s Message, Editors’ Choice, or Book Review.

WAO extends appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:
Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
Herberto Jose Chong Neto
Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

If you are interested in becoming a translator and for more information contact Samantha Machart smachart@worldallergy.org.

Call for Allergy Quizzes

Would you like the opportunity to submit a quiz question along with answers and explanation that can be used for future quizzes?

Dr. Glenis Scadding, Editor, is looking for volunteers for the Allergy Quiz section of the website. Each quiz will be featured on the homepage of the WAO website and announced in the monthly newsletter, WAO News & Notes. Join Dr. Scadding in developing an enjoyable learning experience for allergists/immunologists and trainees around the world.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart@worldallergy.org.

What's New


An additional 5 Travel Grants are available for Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) announces 5 additional Travel Grants for WAO Junior Members who submit Late-Breaking Abstracts to attend the XXIV World Allergy Congress in Seoul, Korea, 14-17 October 2015.

Deadline: 13 July 2015

Click here, to apply.


Have you read the results of the LEAP study? Then you will want to read the new Consensus Communication on Early Peanut Introduction and the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants.

2015 PhARF Award Winner

The winner of the PhARF Award 2015 is Joshua David Milner, MD, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States. It was announced at the Opening Ceremony of the EAACI Congress in Barcelona 6 June.

Dr Milner is an extraordinary young investigator, with an outstanding publication record whose exceptional originality and creativity has led to improved understanding of the genetics of atopic disease and pathophysiologic mechanisms revealed by genetic mutations. He has also identified potential therapeutic targets for mast cell diseases, which impact a variety of disorders.


Allergic Diseases Resource Center
In-Depth Review of Allergic Rhinitis
Updated By Anju T. Peters, MD

Combined Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma Syndrome
Updated By Mona Al-Ahmad, MBBCh, FRCPC


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by Prof Razvigor Darlenski on the WAO Junior Members meeting at the EAACI Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We greatly thank Prof Darlenski for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!


New Lecture!

In his lecture on “Flow Cytometry and SCID”, Dr Soma Jyonouchi provides an overview of Flow Cytometry and discusses the test’s application in four clinical cases where it was used in screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). This presentation was made possible by Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD, and the Committee on Immunodeficiency of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Many thanks to Dr Jyonouchi for his contribution to WAO’s education library.
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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 2015 Award includes €20,000* and a travel grant to attend the Symposium of Specific Allergy, SOSA, in Rome, Italy, 19-21 November, 2015.

Deadline of application: 30 June 2015

For more information and how to apply, click here.