WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 6, Issue 8 WAO Events and Programs - August 2009

Announcing the 1st WAO theme-based, international scientific conference!

WAO International Scientific Conference
Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions:
Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care

6-8 December 2010
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A unique forum for clinicians, researchers, physicians and allied health professionals with interests in asthma, allergy, immunology, pediatrics, co-morbid conditions and pulmonology.

  • Latest developments in research
  • Clinical issues
  • Review of current theory and practice
  • Hands-on, problem-based learning

Conference President: Richard F. Lockey
Conference Organizing Chair: Ruby Pawankar
WAO President: G. Walter Canonica

Scientific Program Now Available

WAO Clinical Allergy Tips

This series presents an insight or technique of interest or value to the clinician. The latest topic:

michael kaliner
Initial Evaluation of Cough
By Michael A. Kaliner, MD

Share your tips with practicing allergists! Write to Stuart Friedman, MD, Editor at: info@worldallergy.org.

New Conversations with Allergy and Clinical Immunology Experts

jonathan spergel
Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD
Eosinophilic Oesophagitis
klaus anderson
Klaus E. Andersen, MD, DMSc
Patch Testing - When and How to Do It

Download these informative conversations and many others in the WAO Expert Interviews section of the website

Now you can subscribe to the RSS feed and receive immediate notification of newly posted conversations.

WAO Allergy Quiz

The WAO Allergy Quiz, a new feature edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding, has just launched on the WAO home page. Be sure to visit and Check Your Allergy Quotient.

A 30 year-old female from the United Kingdom reports immediate lip and mouth irritation on eating a hazelnut. Which of the following might aid diagnosis? Take the quiz.

Allergic Disease Resource Center

Practical Issues in the Treatment of Acute Asthma in Children
Pakit Vichyanond, MD
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital
Bangkok, Thailand
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Help Promote the
New WAO Position Paper

"A World Allergy Organization Position Statement: Recommendations for Competency in Allergy Training for Undergraduates Qualifying as Medical Practitioners"

Primary care physicians, rather than trained specialists, treat the majority of patients with common allergic diseases around the world, and the burden of allergic diseases is increasing. This document contains guidelines for inclusion of allergy education and training in the undergraduate medical curriculum. The guidelines will help ensure that medical graduates have the basic knowledge required to recognize and treat common allergic diseases at the primary care level, and to identify when to refer the more complex problems to appropriate organ-based or allergy specialists.

Please promote the paper in your Member Society journal and newsletters. The paper is available as an article in the World Allergy Organization Journal (www.WAOJournal.org).

WAO House of Delegates

New WAO Position Paper

Thank you! to the 2007-2009 House of Delegates members that participated in WAO's first electronic-vote put in process to ratify a new WAO position paper. With 100% approval from participating delegates (approximately 70% responded), WAO's new position paper, "A World Allergy Organization Position Paper: Recommendations for Competency in Allergy Training for Undergraduates Qualifying as Medical Practitioners" is now posted in the World Allergy Organization Journal and available for reference at www.WAOJournal.org.

Call for 2009-2011 House of Delegates

WAO is now in the process of requesting Member Societies to identify delegates for the House of Delegates 2009-2011 term. Please contact Kate Kirchner (kkirchner@worldallergy.org) to access the online link where you may provide your society's delegate(s). Hurry! Delegate selections must be submitted by 24 August 2009! (Please note that only the Society President or an executive representative may submit delegate selections - please contact Kate with any questions.)


The Global Resources in Allergy (GLORIA) curriculum educates medical professionals worldwide, through local, state, regional and national presentations. Modules are created from established guidelines and recommendations to address different aspects of allergy-related patient care. To learn more, click here.

Upcoming US GLORIA Placements

Ohio Society of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
September 24-26, 2009
Villas at Grand Cypress Resort, Orlando, FL
Speaker: Lanny Rosenwasser
Presentations: Urticaria, Drug Allergy

Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology
September 26, 2009
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Speaker: Thomas Casale
Presentations: Allergic Conjunctivitis, Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyposis

2009 US GLORIA placements are funded through unrestricted educational grants from:


WAO Leaders to
Receive Prestigious Awards

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Professor G. Walter Canonica, President of the World Allergy Organization, and Professor Yehia El-Gamal, Member of the Board of Directors, will be recognized by the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) during the 2009 Annual Meeting 5-10 November 2009 in Miami, Florida USA. They will receive the International Distinguished Fellow award for outstanding contributions in allergy, asthma or immunology in their countries. Congratulations to Professors Canonica and El-Gamal!

Allergy & Training Resources - Update

WAO would like to share information about a valuable online learning resource:

Conferences On-Line for Allergy (COLA)
Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
University of Missouri, Kansas City
School of Medicine

COLA is a collaboration of the Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics section of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). It provides access to allergy-related educational experiences for practicing and academic allergists as well as for primary care providers and the general public. Attend the live conferences or download the podcasts.

2009 Conferences

View the WAO site for a growing list of training resources.

Recent Postings

WAO Clinical Allergy Tips
Brief presentations on insights and techniques of interest or value to the clinician

WAO-AAAAI Immunology Series
Online Lectures with CME

Allergy Patient Information Online
Links to websites around the world

WAO Webinars
WAO lectures delivered live over the Internet to WAO Member Society meetings and congresses

WAO Members



WAO is proud to welcome the European Allergen Manufacturers Group (EAMG) as a supporter of the WAO Web site.

WAO JournalWorld Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 2 Issue 8
August 2009


A World Allergy Organization Position Paper: Recommendations for Competency in Allergy Training for Undergraduates Qualifying as Medical Practitioners
Paul C. Potter, MD; John O. Warner, MD; Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD; Michael A. Kaliner, MD; Sergio Del Giacco, MD; and Lanny Rosenwasser, MD, on behalf of the WAO Specialty and Training Council


Consensus Review and Definition of Nonallergic Rhinitis with a Focus on Vasomotor Rhinitis, Proposed to Be Known henceforth as Nonallergic Rhinopathy. Introduction, Part 2.
Michael A. Kaliner, MD and Judith R. Farrar, PhD

The Role of Antihistamines in the Treatment of Vasomotor Rhinitis
Phil Lieberman, MD

Anticholinergic Drugs in Nonallergic Rhinitis
Robert M. Naclerio, MD

The Treatment of Vasomotor Rhinitis with Intranasal Corticosteroids
Eli O. Meltzer, MD

Consensus Description of Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria for Clinical Studies of Nonallergic Rhinopathy (NAR), Previously Referred to as Vasomotor Rhinitis (VMR), Nonallergic Rhinitis, and/or Idiopathy Rhinitis
Michael A. Kaliner, MD; James N. Baraniuk, MD; Michael S. Benninger, MD; Jonathan A. Bernstein, MD; Phil Lieberman, MD; Eli O. Meltzer, MD; Robert M. Naclerio, MD; Russell A. Settipane, MD; and Judith R. Farrar, PhD


Anaphylaxis as a Manifestation of Horse Allergy
Radoslaw Gawlik, MD; Tomasz Pitsch, MD; and Lawrence DuBuske, MD

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