WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 7, July 2013

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President's Message

Ruby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from the World Allergy Organization!

EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 – A great success!

From 22-26 June 2013, in Milan, Italy, 7,700 delegates gathered from 110 countries for the XXIII World Allergy Congress held jointly with the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the EAACI-WAO 2013 Congress. I would like to take this moment to highlight the many successes of this meeting and to thank those that made this successful Congress a reality. Read more>>


Thank you for attending EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress!

More than 7,700 delegates from 110 countries participated in the Congress which offered a scientific program with 425 speakers in 341 sessions.

Click here to link to the photo gallery!

Participate in the Scientific Program by submitting your abstract online by the deadline of 23 August 2013.

WAO Meetings

Upcoming Meeting

2013 Central American Allergy Congress
7-10 August 2013
Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Central American Allergy Congress will be held on 7-10 August in Guatemala. WAO and the Emerging Societies Program are excited to send, Board Member, Dr. Dana Wallace, and President-Elect, Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser to attend the Congress as WAO Speakers. Dr. Wallace will be speaking on “Anaphylaxis: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment” and “Asthma vs. COPD for the Clinician." Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser will speak on “Small Airways Disease: Pathogenesis to Particle Deposition for Treatment” and the “Interrelation between Innate Immunity and the Activation of T Cells in Allergic Diseases.”

Meeting Report

World Allergy Training School (WATS) and WAO Symposium on Severe Allergies
15 June 2013
Jakarta, Indonesia

On 15 June 2013, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) along with the Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI) held a World Allergy Training School (WATS) at the Indonesia Allergy Society Congress. The Training School was a great success with over 30 participants. A special thank you to speakers: Prof Ruby Pawanakar, Prof Hugo Van Bever, Prof Bee Wah Lee, Prof Paul Bigliardi, Prof James Sublett and Prof Heru Sundaru. In addition, WAO presented a Plenary Session on Severe Allergies. A special thank you to our hosts, the Indonesia Allergy Society.

To view more information, visit our ESP/WATS-Jakarta page online!



July 2013
Volume 6
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD
Chief Editor


Allergic Conjunctivitis and the most common allergens in Northern Greece
Almaliotis D, Michailopoulos P, Gioulekas D, Giouleka P, Papakosta D, Siempis T and Karampatakis V
Abstract (Provisional Full Text Available)

Allergic manifestations and cutaneous histamine responses in patients with McCune Albright Syndrome
Jacobson JD, Turpin AL, Sands SA
Abstract (Provisional Full Text Available)


Seeking allergy when it hides: What are the best fitting tests?
Incorvaia C, Fuiano N and Canonica GW
Abstract (Provisional Full Text Available)


2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012), Abstracts
Abstract List

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Medical Journal Reviews

Literature Review
Editor's Choice


Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Update on the epidemiology, comorbidities, pathophysiology, current treatment, and future direction of pediatric allergic rhinitis (AR)...

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Drug Actions and Interactions
By Jae Y. Choe

Reviewed by María Adelina Prieto Patrón, MD

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What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov

Biomarker surrogates (FENO, blood eosinophils) do not predict sputum eosinophil percentages in asthmatic patients

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Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra
Juan Felix Aldave Pita

Adherence to Immunotherapy in Times of Financial Crisis...

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What's New

World Allergy Forum
25 June 2013
Milan, Italy

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) took place on 25 June 2013 at the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress in Milan, Italy. The topic, "Omics in Allergic Disease,” presented by Prof Allan Brasier, Prof Mayumi Tamari and Prof Christian Scharf was a great success! To see more, visit WAF online.

Programmed by EAACI and WAO. Funded through an educational grant from Novartis.

WAO Junior Member Group News

The WAO Junior Members Group had great involvement in the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress in Milan, Italy. The meeting not only offered a Junior Members Scientific Symposium, but also a Poster Session and various social events. Please stop on over to the WAO Junior Members webpage for updates and pictures from WAO Junior Member Chair, Dr. Silvia Sanchez-Garcia!

WAO Junior Members- Updates

EAACI-WAO 2013 Opening Ceremony


Prof. Ruby Pawankar, WAO President, and Prof. Cezmi Akdis, EAACI President, kick off the EAACI-WAO 2013 Congress during the Opening Ceremony! To view more photos of the Congress, visit the WAO photo gallery.


2013 House of Delegates Meeting


An informative 2013 House of Delegates Meeting in progress in Milan.To view more photos of the Congress, visit the WAO photo gallery.