WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 9, September 2011

WAC 2011


Dear Colleagues,

There has been a great deal of activity in WAO over the past month, and I would like to share updates on two of these important and exciting initiatives.

New WAO Allergic Rhinitis Working Group
As allergists/immunologists we are aware that the disease of allergic rhinitis has become increasingly prevalent worldwide, and it significantly affects patient quality of life and societal economic burden.
Read more>>



2011-2013 WAO House of Delegates

Thank you to all WAO Member Societies that have submitted their representatives for the 2011-2013 House of Delegates. If your society has not yet responded with your delegate selections, please contact Kate Kirchner at the WAO Secretariat as soon as possible, at kkirchner@worldallergy.org. 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 (by invitation only) WAO meeting.

Specialty & Training Survey – Follow-up to Undergraduate Training Position Paper

To prepare for the XXII World Allergy Congress Session on Undergraduate Training, the WAO Specialty & Training Council has initiated a brief survey to gather new global data on how WAO Member Societies have utilized the WAO Position Paper, "Recommendations for Competency in Allergy Training for Undergraduates Qualifying as Medical Practitioners," published in August 2009.

Member Society Presidents and primary contacts were sent an email request to complete the electronic survey by 22 September 2011. If your society leader has not received the email request, please contact Kate Kirchner, at kkirchner@worldallergy.org. We greatly appreciate your contribution and look forward to a constructive presentation in Cancún. Thank you!

WAO White Book on Allergy – Thank You!

Thank you to all WAO Member Societies that provided data to be included in the updated version of the WAO White Book on Allergy.

A major purpose of the WAO White Book on Allergy is to serve as a tool in the ongoing advocacy of allergy service provision. Your contribution to this data is greatly appreciated and strongly influences our report on the global state of allergy.

Look for the updated version of the WAO White Book on Allergy online at www.worldallergy.org coming later this year!



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. We hope to see you there!

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

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 Andrea Vereda, MD

My Experience with a WAO Fellowship: What I Learned About Successful Grant Applications

Four years ago (already!), I had the chance to obtain a WAO Long-Term Research Fellowship. I would like to share my experience and personal tips in hopes it will be of use to other junior allergists/immunologists in future grant applications.

I decided to study legume allergy. Why? Read more>>



WAO Conversations with Experts
New Interviews!

Severe Asthma

Professor Stephen T. Holgate
Interview conducted by Richard F. Lockey, MD

Rhinitis and Current Research in Singapore

Bee-Wah Lee, MD, PhD
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Aspirin and How It Relates to Urticaria

Hae-Sim Park, MD, PhD
Ajou University School of Medicine, South Korea

To hear the conversations, click here.



New Online At WAO! Allergic Rhinitis Working Group Website
Access to a broad range of information on allergic rhinitis is available in a new online repository launched by the WAO Allergic Rhinitis Working Group on 15 September. Online lectures, interactive case reports, slide presentations, audio interviews with experts, and educational synopses, and reports of findings from the “Landmark Surveys of Nasal Allergy Sufferers,” are accessible at www.worldallergy.org/allergic_rhinitis. The Working Group is also developing two new online learning modules for release in 2012 based on case histories. In a self-paced interactive program, visitors will be able to move through the case histories and follow links to a number of resources available online on the topic of allergic rhinitis.

What is New in Small Airways Research?
View this month’s reviews of new research on small airways by Ves Dimov on the WAO Small Airways Working Group website.

WAO Journal

September 2011
Volume 4, Issue 9
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



A Proteomic Style Approach To Characterize a Grass Mix Product Reveals Potential Immunotherapeutic Benefit
Bullimore, Alan; Swan, Nicola; Alawode, Wemimo; Skinner, Murray
United Kingdom


History of the World Allergy Organization: Personal Reflections of a Board Member, Vice President, Congress Organizer, and Journal Editor
Ring, Johannes

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XXII World Allergy Congress

The World Allergy Congress Welcomes You!

The World Allergy Organization is gearing up to welcome delegates to the World Allergy Congress, on 4-8 December 2011 in Cancún, México. The deadline for the regular registration rate is 31 October 2011. Register today.


Click the image for a message from Dr. Richard Lockey, President of WAO, inviting delegates to participate in the scientific program of the leading global congress in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.
For up-to-date information on the World Allergy Congress, go to www.worldallergy.org/wac2011.

For partnership opportunities or to sponsor a symposium, contact wac2011exhibition@worldallergy.org 



Save the Date!  WISC 2012
6-9 December India

The World Allergy Organization invites you to participate in the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012) in Hyderabad, India. The theme of the conference is Severe Allergies, Severe Asthma: New Strategies for Treatment & Prevention.

If your company is interested in discussing partnership opportunities for WISC 2012, please contact the WAO Secretariat, wiscExhibition@worldallergy.org.


Events Calendar 

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

October 1
38th Annual Brazilian Congress of Allergy and Immunopathology
São Paulo, Brazil

October 2 – October 4
5th Vaccine & ISV Annual Global Congress
Seattle, WA (USA)

October 7
Allergidagen/Swedish Allergy Day
Stockholm, Sweden

October 13 – 15
EAACI Pediatric Allergy & Asthma Meeting
Barcelona, Spain

October 20 – October 24
20th EADV Congress
Lisbon, Portugal

October 28 – October 30
APAPARI 2011 & 48th JSPACI Joint Congress
Fukuoka, Japan

To view ALL upcoming events, click here