WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 8, August 2013

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President's Message

Ruby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from the World Allergy Organization!

As you may be aware WAO is hosting a new Symposium this December, the WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This Symposium will truly be a state of the art and the very first meeting of its kind on these topics. I would therefore like to highlight some aspects of this meeting.

The Symposium will offer excellent sessions on both Immunotherapy and Biologics. Few of the sessions I would like to highlight are [...] Read more>>

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

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WAO President Prof. Ruby Pawankar Named Fellow of Royal College of Physicians

Congratulations to WAO President Prof. Ruby Pawankar (pictured right) for her appointment as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. This Fellowship is the highest level of membership of the Royal College of Physicians and is only made to outstanding individuals.

On Thursday, 25 July 2013, the Royal College held an official ceremony honoring Prof. Pawankar. WAO Board member Prof. Stephen Holgate (pictured left), said that Prof. Pawankar is “a clinical scientist with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment to her discipline on the world stage, she has worked tirelessly to drive forward high quality evidenced-based care in a field of increasing trends worldwide” in his citation during the ceremony.

Click here to read the full text of Prof. Holgate's remarks.

Earn CME Credits at the WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics!

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this live activity for a maximum number of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity [...] Read more


August 2013
Volume 6
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD
Chief Editor


Manifestations of Food Protein Induced Gastrointestinal Allergies Presenting to a Single Tertiary Paediatric Gastroenterology Unit
Meyer R, Fleming C, Ortega-Dominguez G, Lindley K, Michaelis L, Thapar N, Elawad M, Chakravarti V, Fox AT, and
Shah N

Abstract (Provisional Full Text Available)

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
Full Text


Seeking allergy when it hides: Which are the best fitting tests?
Incorvaia C, Fuiano N, Canonica GW
Full Text


2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012) Abstracts
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Medical Journal Reviews

Literature Review
Editor's Choice


Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Genetic relationship between atopic dermatitis (AD), asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR) and psoriasis

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Allergen Immunotherapy, An Issue of Immunology and Allergy Clinics
Edited by Linda Cox, MD

Reviewed by Omursen Yildirim, MD

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What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Macrolides for the long-term management of asthma (meta-analysis): could be beneficial as adjunct asthma therapy

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Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra, MD
Juan Felix Aldave Pita, MD

Allergen immunotherapy: A new semantic framework from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology / American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology / PRACTALL Consensus Report

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What's New

WAO Junior Member Group - August Member News!

The WAO Junior Members Group encompasses young physicians from all over the globe. One of our WAO Junior Members, Prof Virgina Bellido-Linares of the Allergy Unit of Macarena Hospital of Seville, Spain, has provided this month’s News & Notes on the “Recognition of Allergy Specialty in Europe”.

Please be sure to stop by our Junior Members News to check it out!

Meeting Report
Central American and Caribbean XII Congress
7-10 August 2013
Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Emerging Societies Program (ESP), along with Guatemalan Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, hosted two WAO speakers at the Central American and Caribbean XII Congress held in Guatemala City, 7-10 August.

Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser lectured on “Interrelation between Innate Immunity and the Activation of T cells in Allergic Disease" and “Small Airways Disease: Pathogenesis to Particle Deposition for Treatment”. Dr. Dana Wallace spoke on “Anaphylaxis: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment” and “Asthma vs COPD for the Clinician”. Thank you to both Dr. Rosenwasser and Dr. Wallace for making this meeting a great success!

WAO ESP Delegate for Guatemala,       Dr. Ann Michelle Rigalt, reading WAO President Prof. Ruby Pawankar’s President’s Message at the Opening Ceremony

WAO Speaker Dr. Dana Wallace, WAO ESP Delegate for Guatemala Dr. Ann Michelle Rigalt and Dr. Victor Chur, President , Guatemalan Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology Association

WAO Speakers Dr. Dana Wallace and Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser, and WAO ESP Delegate for Guatemala, Dr. Ann Michelle Rigalt, attending the Opening Reception

To view more information about ESP, visit our page online!