WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 7, July 2011

WAC 2011

President's Message


Dear Colleagues,

One of the most rewarding aspects of my presidential term with WAO has been to collaborate with the extraordinary group of people who make up the WAO Board of Directors. I am proud of the accomplishments of the current WAO Board and appreciative of the ongoing dedication and drive these individuals have to achieve the best outcomes in the work we do together for the organization and to contribute to our profession.

Read more including information about the Board elections.


Member Society News

2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates – Call for Delegate Representatives
Society Presidents and primary contacts should have received an email from WAO last week requesting an official selection of their 2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates representatives. Please be sure your society has completed the selection by using the electronic form prior to 7 September 2011. If you are a society leader and have not yet received your information email, please contact Kate at kkirchner@worldallergy.org. Thank you!

REMINDER: the WAO House of Delegates Meeting will take place on 7 December 2011, during the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún, México, 4-8 December. Officially appointed 2011-2013 Delegates will receive the meeting invitation and additional details later this fall. This will be a closed (invitation-only) WAO meeting.

WAO Survey - Global Allergy Training Provision
WAO Presidents and primary contacts have been requested by email to complete a short survey to help WAO obtain a current overview of the status of global allergy training provision. The results of this survey will be used toward preparing the WAO Specialty and Training Council session on allergy training worldwide being offered during the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún this December.

WAO Presidents and primary contacts are kindly asked to complete the questionnaire on behalf of your society by 25 July 2011. If you are a society leader and have not received the email request from WAO, please contact Kate Kirchner at kkirchner@worldallergy.org. Thank you.


History of the World Allergy Organization
New Articles Published

To document and celebrate the past 60 years of this vibrant and global organization, four articles have been published so far by the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) under the "Notes of Allergy Watchers" series. The latest two published articles are listed below and are also featured in the July issue of the WAO Journal.

History of the World Allergy Organization: XVII ICACI, Sydney 2000 – Innovations for the New Millenium,” by Constance H. Katelaris

History of the World Allergy Organization: The Emerging Societies Program,” by Constance H. Katelaris

To view the other history articles, please go to the WAO Journal.


US GLORIA™ 2011-2012 Placements

WAO is pleased to announce four upcoming US GLORIA Program placements on Angioedema:

Broward Palm Beach Allergy Society, October 2011
Florida Allergy Asthma Immunology Society, June 2012
Louisiana State Allergy Society, June 2012
Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology, August 2012

For more information on the US GLORIA program, please visit www.worldallergy.org/educational_programs/gloria/us/.

The US GLORIA Program on Angioedema is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Viropharma.


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Virginia Bellido-Linares, MD

Dear Colleagues,

Now that a WAO Junior Members Group has been created, we have our own presence within this organization; so we must take advantage of this opportunity! The first step is to become a member by signing up at  www.worldallergy.org/juniormembers and then taking part in the group!

It is very important for WAO Junior Members to promote and contribute to the scientific content of all scientific meetings.... Read more>>


WAO Allergic Diseases Resource Center

New Educational Synopsis!

Mastocytosis: Where Are We Now?

Odette McNeill, MD, FRACP
Constance H. Katelaris, MD, FRACP, PhD

University of Western Sydney
Department of Allergy and Immunology
Campbelltown Hospital

View the synopsis

View all titles in the ADRC


Abstracts Submission Deadline Extended!
Sunday, 31 July 2011, Midnight, US Central time

Do you have an interesting case report to share with your colleagues? Submit your case report as an abstract today! Case reports that include significant findings and have applied appropriate statistical and analytical methods will be considered for presentation at the XXII World Allergy Congress.

WAC 2011 is the perfect opportunity to present your research on a global stage and have it peer reviewed by prominent experts in the field.

WAC 2011 Launches Abstract Submission Contests: Opportunity to Be Showcased as Featured Authors

The World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) organizers are pleased to announce two contests in which those submitting abstracts may participate toward enhanced visibility as authors. These contests provide an opportunity to be part of the global reach of WAO to allergists/immunologists through the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) and the education features of the WAO website. Read more>>


WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award

Application Deadline Extended!
15 August 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>>

WAO Journal

July 2011
Volume 4, Issue 7
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



Glutaraldehyde-Modified Recombinant Fel d1: A Hypoallergen with Negligible Biological Activity but Retained Immunogenicity
Serge A. Versteeg, BSc; Ingrid Bulder, BSc; Martin Himly, PhD; Toni M. van Capel, BSc; R. van den Hout, PhD; Stef J. Koppelman, PhD; Esther C. de Jong, PhD; Fatima Ferreira, PhD; and Ronald van Ree, PhD
The Netherlands


Climate Change, Migration, and Allergic Respiratory Diseases: An Update for the Allergist
Gennaro D'Amato, MD; Menachem Rottem, MD; Ronald Dahl, MD; Michael S. Blaiss, MD; Erminia Ridolo, MD, PhD; Lorenzo Cecchi, MD; Nelson Rosario, MD, PhD; Cassim Motala, MD; Ignacio Ansotegui, MD, PhD; Isabella Annesi-Maesano, MD, PhD; for the WAO Special Committee on Climate Change and Allergy


History of the World Allergy Organization: XVII ICACI, Sydney 2000 - Innovations for the New Millenium
Constance H. Katelaris, MD

History of the World Allergy Organization: The Emerging Societies Program
Constance H. Katelaris, MD

Members click here to log in to the Journal

Non-members click here to access Journal


WAO Around the World

11 August - 13 August
Argentenian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC) Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Richard Lockey will be presenting a WAO lecture.

12 August - 14 August
Indian Academy of Allergy (IAA) 2011 Congress (IAACON 2011)
Bangalore, India
Lanny Rossenwasser will give a WAO lecture on "Small Airways Disease."

WAO Program in China
The Chinese Allergy Society (CSA) and the World Allergy Organization are co-hosting a Joint Scientific Symposium, 14-16 October in Chengdu, China, in conjunction with the bi-annual scientific meeting of the CSA.

As the only world federation of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology national and regional societies, the WAO works to advance the field worldwide and does that, to a large extent, by collaborating with its Member Societies. WAO welcomes every chance to work with a Member Society and appreciates every such opportunity to collaborate. Scientific meetings play a major role in strengthening and advancing our field, and your dialogues and exchanges in the course of this meeting will contribute to our common objective: optimal patient care. 


Events Calendar 

August 18 – 21
EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School "Dermatitis & Eczema"
Karkow, Poland

September 16 –18
2011 US HAEA National Conference
Las Vegas, NV

September 15 –18
VI World Congress on Immunopathology & Respiratory Allergy
Moscow, Russia

September 16 – 20
VIII Commonwealth of Independent States Society of Allergology and Immunology (CIS) Congress of Allergology and Immunology
World Trade Center - Moscow

To view ALL upcoming events, click here


Save the Date!

WAO International Scientific Conference WISC 2012
6-8 December, Hyderabad India

Severe Allergies, Severe Asthma:
New Strategies for Optimal
Treatment & Prevention