WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 6, Issue 10 WAO Events and Programs - October 2009
World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2009 - Buenos Aires, Argentina,  6-10 December 2009

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

International Scientific Conference, Dubai

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


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

New! Easy Access to List of
WAO Publications

For your ease of reference, a list of papers sponsored or endorsed by the World Allergy Organization is now available on the website. The list will be updated continually. Please contact us if you notice that a document is missing.


WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award 2009 Winner Selected

Stephen TillCongratulations to Dr. Stephen J. Till (London, United Kingdom), the winner of this year's WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award. He will receive €20,000 and a travel grant to attend the WAO Congress in Buenos Aires, December 6-10, 2009.

The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award is a biennial award given to a young scientist who has shown excellence within the field of allergy. Dr. Till will be presented with the award during a dedicated luncheon session at the WAO Congress on Wednesday the 9th of December, and he will present his results that led to the award.

call for applicants

Directory of Pollen Count Web Sites
New service to WAO member societies

Under the editorial and project leadership of Dr. Fares Zaitoun, WAO has begun to develop and maintain online a list of pollen count sites and other pollen information. Currently, visitors can search the list by region, country, language and type of information (Pollen levels, General information, Technical resources). The list is not complete, but information will be added continually.

If you know of a pollen site that is not in the database, please contact the WAO Secretariat.


WAO House of Delegates

Important Deadline! WAO House of Delegate selections for the 2009-2011 term must be submitted to the WAO Secretariat by the 2nd of November 2009! Please contact Kate Kirchner with any questions: kkirchner@worldallergy.org.

WAO Clinical Allergy Tips

Read about the latest topic in this series on clinical insights and techniques.

Stuart A. Friedman, MD

What tips for practicing allergists do you have to share? Contact Stuart Friedman, MD, Medical Editor, at: info@worldallergy.org.

New Quiz

Glenis Scadding Check Your Allergy Quotient. The WAO Allergy Quiz is a new feature edited by Dr. Glenis Scadding posted on the home page.

A patient with severe asthma has nasal polyposis that recurs rapidly after surgery. Which of the following tests would you perform? Take the quiz.

Help Promote the
Latest WAO Position Paper

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

Around the world, primary care physicians, rather than trained specialists, treat the majority of patients with common allergic diseases. 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 identify when to refer the more complex problems to appropriate allergy or organ-based 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.

WAO Position Paper on Undergraduate Training in Allergy

WAO Leaders to
Receive Prestigious Awards

G. Walter Canonica, President of the World Allergy OrganizationWalter Canonica, President of the World Allergy Organization

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!

WAO Members


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 - Also Excellent for Trainees

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

Your global community of learning and practice for allergy, asthma and immunology! www.worldallergy.org

WAO JournalWorld Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 2, Issue 10
October 2009


Synergistic Induction of Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-3α/CCL20 Production by Interleukin-17A and Tumor Necrosis Factor-α in Nasal Polyp Fibroblasts
Manabu Nonaka, MD, PhD; Nozomu Ogihara, MD; Akira Fukumoto, MD, PhD; Atsuko Sakanushi, MD; Kaoru Kusama, MD; Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD; and Toshiaki Yagi, MD, PhD


Mast Cell Regulation of the Immune Response
John J. Ryan, MD; Johanna K. Morales, MD; Yves T. Falanga, MD; Josephine F.A. Fernando, MD; and Matthew R. Macey

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