WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 7, July 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

Abstract submission and registration has opened for WAO’s Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome which is taking place on 5-6 December 2015 in Miami, FL, USA. This Symposium is structured after the successful WAO Symposium which took place in 2013 in Chicago with the theme of Immunotherapy and Biologics. Following the popular 2013 Symposium model, WAO once again has organized its Symposium into two tracks, one focusing on Food Allergy and the other on the Microbiome. The goal of the Symposium is to offer you the opportunity to discover the late-breaking and cutting edge science in each of these fields in an intimate setting. [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

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

Keep up-to-date with the Online Scientific Program.

Join us for the WAO Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome

Early Registration and Abstract Submission is Now Open! 

Announcing the WAC 2015 Selfie Campaign!

WAO invites you and your colleagues to show the international nature 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.

Watch for your selfie during the WAC 2015 Opening Ceremony.

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

Prof. Yehia El-Gamal is the President of the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Alberto Alvarez-Perea is a WAO Junior Member from San Fernando, Andalusia, Spain

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

WAO Social Media

WAC 2015 Facebook Event Page

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And remember to visit the other WAO social media sites!






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


Meteorological conditions, climate change, new emerging factors, and asthma and related allergic disorders. A statement of the World Allergy Organization
D’Amato G, Holgate ST, Pawankar R, Ledford DK, Cecchi L, Al-Ahmad M, Al-Enezi F, Al-Muhsen S et al.
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Oral immunotherapy and anti-IgE antibody treatment for food allergy
Umetsu DT, Rachid R, Schneider LC
United States of America
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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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Molecular, proteomic and immunological parameters of allergens provide inclusion criteria for new candidates within established grass and tree homologous groups
Health MD, Collis J, Batten T, Hutchings JW, Swan N, Skinner MA
United Kingdom
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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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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.

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Food Allergy: Molecular Basis and Clinical Practice

Edited by M Ebisawa,BK  Ballmer-Weber, S Vieths, RA Wood

Reviewed by Pavel Kolkhir, MD, PhD

Read the Review

What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Respiratory allergy caused by house dust mites: Inhaled mite aeroallergens are unusually virulent

Read this and all article reviews

Call for Allergy Quizzes

Showcase your creativity!

Submit a quiz question with answers and explanations for the Allergy Quiz Section of the WAO website, which is edited by Glenis Scadding, MD.

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


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by Prof Ves Dimov on the World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) Selfie Campaign! We greatly thank Prof Ves Dimov for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!


Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Diagnostic Approach to the Adult with Suspected Immune Deficiency
By Sasawan Chinratanapisit, MD; Panida Sriaroon, MD; John Sleasman, MD

Ocular Allergy
By Connie Katelaris, MD; PhD, Pete Smith, MBBS, BMedSci, PhD, FRA

Rhinitis – In-Depth Review
By Natalya Kushnir, MD; Michael Kaliner, MD, FAAAAI

Rhinosinusitis – In-Depth Review
By Anju Peters, MD

Interactive Case Report

Help! I Can’t Breathe!
Written by Neetu Dhawan, MD; Michael Balduzzi, MD; and Richard Lockey, MD
Reviewed by Bob Lanier, MD


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For more information and to submit an application, click here.