WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 8, August 2011

WAC 2011


Dear Colleagues,

Just a few months ago, the World Allergy Organization (WAO) held the first World Allergy Week, 4 to 10 April, 2011, as a global effort to highlight the needs of patients with allergic and immunologic diseases and asthma, provide information about the prevalence of these disorders, and explain the need for enhanced education and patient care services. All efforts centered on disseminating the message of Allergic Disease - a Global Public Health Concern. Read more>>



2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates: Call for Delegate Representatives DEADLINE: 7 September 2011

Please be sure your society has completed your delegate selection for the 2011-2013 House of Delegates by 7 September 2011. If your delegate selections have not been submitted by 7 September 2011, your Society’s President will be automatically appointed as the WAO House of Delegates representative.

Please contact Kate at kkirchner@worldallergy.org with any questions or concerns. 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 White Book on Allergy – Another Chance to be Included!

Any WAO Society that is currently NOT included in the Survey Report section of the White Book is invited to contribute by completing an online survey.

All surveys must be completed no later than 25 August 2011.

After 25 August, WAO will generate a report based on the data in your completed survey for inclusion in an updated version of the White Book that will be created in time for the World Allergy Congress this December in Cancún.

Please contact the WAO Secretariat at kkirchner@worldallergy.org to request the survey link or with any questions.   



Emerging Societies Program, Moscow, 17-18 September

The Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the WAO and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), aims to disseminate information on and share experiences about new treatments for allergic diseases and about new indications for available therapies. In September, the ESP will collaborate with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Society of Immunology and Allergology to host an ESP Delegates Meeting and World Allergy Training School in Moscow, Russia. Over 30 Participants from around the CIS Region will attend.

The ESP Delegates Meeting is a half-day meeting on 17 September, with 1 representative from each CIS country presenting to a group of peers and WAO Leaders. The purpose of the meeting is for WAO and ACAAI to learn more about the challenges faced in countries/regions where the specialty of allergy is either non-existent, or is developing, and how WAO can best assist these efforts.

The main objective of the full day World Allergy Training School (WATS) on 18 September is to develop learning communities, appropriate to a specific regional context, which will help build sustainable capacity in the field of allergy by strengthening already existing knowledge and skills and encouraging local experts to apply this knowledge to further develop the specialty of allergy and to widen the provision of patient care. The World Allergy Training School is for allergists /physicians /general practitioner /researchers with a background in allergy and immunology.

WAO-ERS Joint Symposium, Amsterdam, 28 September

The WAO Small Airways Diseases Working Group invites you to attend the Small Airways Symposium, “Why are small airways important in asthma?,” to be presented during the 2011 ERS Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday, 28 September from 10:45 am - 12:45 pm in room 4.1 of the Convention Center.

Lanny Rosenwasser, USA
Peter Barnes, UK

Peter Howarth, UK - Measuring small airway function
Leif Bjermer, Sweden - Pharmacology of small airways
Monica Kraft, USA - Small airways in asthma
Nick ten Hacken, NL - Therapeutic implications

We hope to see you there!

Programmed by WAO. Funded through an unrestricted educational grant from TEVA Specialty Pharmaceuticals.

WAO-CSA Joint Symposium, China, 15-16 October 2011

WAO is honored to collaborate with the Chinese Society of Allergology (CSA) for the first WAO/CSA Joint Symposium in conjunction with the Biannual Scientific Meeting of the CSA in Chengdu, China 15-16 October 2011. WAO faculty will be speaking on a broad range of topics and presentations will feature live English to Chinese translations. WAO Faculty & Presentation Titles



By Ves Dimov, MD

Dear Colleagues,

This month I would like to cover the topic of social media and Internet tools for the allergist. I have been using social media tools for professional purposes for 7 years now,  so I speak from a personal perspective on this subject.
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Urticaria and Arthralgias in a Nine-year Old with Urinary Track Infections - A WAO Interactive Case Report

Ahmed Butt, MD; Daanish Rashid; and Roger Fox, MD
University of South Florida
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, Florida USA

Seizure in a Neonate - A WAO Interactive Case Report

James Parkerson, DO and Richard F. Lockey, MD
University of South Florida
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, Florida USA

View the Case Reports   



WAO Small Airways Working Group - New Editor

Ves Dimov, MD has joined the Web Editorial Board as an Editor-at-Large and the content editor of WAO’s Small Airways Working Group website to oversee the ongoing expansion of WAO’s scientific literature database and provide reviews of new research in small airways disease.

In collaboration with Lanny Rosenwasser, MD (Chair) and the Small Airways Working Group Steering Committee, read more>>

WAO Journal

August 2011
Volume 4, Issue 8
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



Treatment of allergic rhinitis with desloratidine: results of a multinational observational study in the Middle East Gulf Region
Adham, Tamer MH
United Kingdom


History of the World Allergy Organization: 1989 to 2006, the XVIII World Allergy Congress, journal development, reorganization, and new programs
Kaplan, Allen P
United States of America

History of the World Allergy Organization: The World Allergy Organization Congress - XVIII ICACI, Vancouver 2003
Simons, F Estelle R

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XXII World Allergy Congress
4-8 December 2011

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Now Open! Submission Deadline: 15 September 2011 (Midnight, US Central Time)

Do you have high-quality, late-breaking data or other information to share? Be sure to submit your late-breaking abstract by 15 September! Click here to submit today! Read more>>

Attend WAC 2011 and Earn CME or CE Credits! WAC 2011 will offer the following CME or CE Credits: 27 EACCME Credits, 15 Credit Hours towards the recertification of Mexican Allergists and 7.80 Contact Hours for Nurses. Read more>>

Register for WAC at regular congress rate. Interact and exchange ideas with over 5,000 international delegates consisting of researches, physicians, clinicians and other allied health professionals. Register to attend the World Allergy Congress today. Click here


WAO International Scientific Conference, WISC 2012
6-9 December 2012
Hyderabad, India

Save the date! Participate in the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012) in Hyderabad India, 6-9 December 2012. The theme of the Conference is "Severe Allergies, Severe Asthma: New Strategies for Treatment & Prevention." Read more>>


Events Calendar 

September 15 – 18
EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School "Clinical impact and mechanisms of infections in Allergy"
Edinburgh, Great Britain

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

September 16 –18

2011 US HAEA National Conference
Las Vegas, NV (USA)

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

September 24 – 28
European Respiratory Society Annual Congress
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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