WAO News and Notes - Announcing Events and Programs
Volume 7, Issue 11 WAO Events and Programs - November 2010
WISC Dubai, 5-8 December 2010 - Online registration to remain open until conference

Note from the President

Richard F. LockeyDear Friends,

How does the WAO web site (www.worldallergy.org) support WAO's mission of advancing excellence in clinical care through education, research and training for optimal patient care? It does so by being a resource that:

  • Functions as the repository of all WAO programs and activities, and their enduring materials
  • Provides free access to learning and teaching materials, continuing medical education, clinical sources, and research
  • Makes available information pertinent to the specialty and profession of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology
  • Acts as a networking and outreach vehicle

What can you expect to find on www.worldallergy.org?

1. A comprehensive collection of WAO educational materials on current issues in Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology for practitioners, researchers, educators and trainees, which is continually updated and provides:

  • Interactive Learning! Teaching Case Reports
  • Practical Learning! Clinical Allergy Tips & Test your Allergy IQ
  • Mobile Learning-Podcasts & Webinars! WAO Conversations with Experts, Recordings of online live lectures & CME modules
  • Up-to-date Learning-Hot topics! Allergic Diseases Resource Center: Educational Synopses on a wide range of subjects
  • Standards of Practice! WAO Position Papers
  • Literature Reviews! Each month WAO web editors review major allergy journals and summarize key papers. The top reviews are published in the WAO News and Notes e-letter and archived at www.WorldAllergy.org. Practitioners review professional medical books relevant to the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. The reviews are featured in the WAO News and Notes e-letter and archived at www.worldallergy.org.

2. Resources for the Specialty & Profession

Worldwide Allergy Meetings: A continually updated listing of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology Congresses around the world, as well as information about upcoming World Allergy Congresses (WAC) and WAO International Scientific Conferences.

Global Allergy Web Links: A comprehensive list of allergy-related web links for patients and health professionals provides a wide variety of topics to research.

Research and Training Resources: Position papers, global training links, a list of national allergy certification / accreditation / training requirements and more to assist members in the pursuit of excellence in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

WAO News & Notes: Every month, the WAO distributes and posts e-letters with live links that highlight upcoming professional events and new online content, announce the latest articles in the WAO Journal, and deliver insightful reviews of the literature.

World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal): Offers the latest developments in Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. Individual members of current WAO Member Societies receive free access to the WAO Journal.

3. Specialty Sub-sites

Small Airways Diseases Working Group (http://www.worldallergy.org/small_airways_group/)

  • Activities, stay updated on upcoming talks by Small Airways members
  • Steering Committee Members
  • Scientific Literature on Small Airways, now searchable, and a form for submitting references to add to the list
  • Educational Resources, links to related resources on the WAO website

Special Committees (http://www.worldallergy.org/wao_societies/ committeesandcouncils.php#scientific)

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Allergy Diagnosis
  • Asthma
  • Drug Allergy
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Food Allergy
  • Immunotherapy

4. Allergic Diseases Resource Center: provides clear information about allergic diseases and up-to-the-minute news of developments in allergy management and treatment, written by the world's leading allergy experts.

5. Reviews and News (http://www.worldallergy.org/reviews.php)

  • New at-a-glance design
  • Searchable - Search all of the WAO medical book reviews, summaries of journal articles, and WAO News & Notes

6. Clinical Allergy Tips (http://www.worldallergy.org/clinical_allergy_tips/)
Clinician-to-Clinician: Find practical tips on a variety of topics for the clinician

7. Interactive Case Reports (http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/)
These give you the chance to test your knowledge and make a diagnosis on an unusual case history. The case study is pictorially presented, along with questions and possible diagnoses. Once you select your diagnosis, you immediately learn whether or not your diagnosis corresponds to that of the experts who posted the case, and are able to read the rationale for the diagnosis and suggested treatment provided by the expert. Several new cases this year.

8. WAO Publications (http://www.worldallergy.org/publications/)
Includes links to abstracts and to full text when available

9. Online Learning and CME Programs
These self-directed programs are used by both practitioners and trainees

10. WAO Scientific Meetings
WAO International Scientific Conference
2010 in Dubai (http://www.worldallergy.org/2010dubai/). See you there!
World Allergy Congress
2011 in Cancun (http://www.worldallergy.org/wac2011/) And see you there!

Upcoming Member Society Meetings

Fall Meeting of the Icelandic Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ISACI)
1 December 2010, 12:00 - 13:00
Reykjavik, Iceland

Annual Meeting of the Austrian Society (Under participation of corresponding Societies from Czech, Slovak, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia)
3-5 December 2010
Vienna, Austria

WISC 2010
WAO International Scientific Conference - Asthma and Co-morbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care
5-8 December 2010
Dubai, UAE

WISC Dubai


To Register for WISC 2010, click here.

To Book Your Accommodations and View Optional Tour Information, click here.

To view more information about the Conference, please visit www.worldallergy.org/2010Dubai

Remembering a Colleague and Friend

It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Professor Cassim Motala of South Africa, who was attending the APAACI congress in Singapore. Cas Motala served on the WAO Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007, and made an outstanding contribution to the work of the World Allergy Organization during this time. Cas was a dear friend, an altruistic physician, always following his conscience and doing what is right for his patients, science, medicine, the specialty and WAO. I am proud to say that I was privileged to serve together with him on the WAO Board. My condolences to his family and all those who knew and loved him.

Richard F. Lockey

WAO White Book on Allergy, 2011

The WAO White Book on Allergy is imminent! To help promote Allergy in the Middle East region, the White Book Executive Summary will be launched at the WAO International Scientific Conference in Dubai, December 2010, prior to publication of the full document in January 2011. The Executive Summary contains key statements from the White Book and recommendations for action based on WAO member society reports on allergy education and service provision requirements.

The WAO White Book has been designed to:

  • Be an important resource to help individual allergists, and allergy/clinical immunology societies promote Allergic Diseases as a major global public health issue.
  • Help convince government and private health authorities about the burden of allergic/immunologic diseases, and the importance of making adequate provision for the care of allergy patients.

Further details will be announced in future editions of WAO News and Notes.

Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases Survey

Dr. Gisoo Ghaffari from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine would appreciate readers' assistance with a short survey on the evaluation and management of eosinophilic esophagitis. Please click here to read his invitation to participate and to link to the electronic survey.

World Allergy Organization Journal
Volume 3, Issue 11
November 2010
ISSN: 1939-4551

Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD - Editor-in-Chief


An Approach to Preschool Wheezing: To Label as Asthma?
Hugo P. Van Bever, Eugene Han, Lynette Shek, and Seo Yi Chng


On the Sustainability of Guideline Implementation
Juliane Köeberlein, Julia Vent, and Ralph Moesges

Molecular Cloning and Immunochemical Characterization of a New Japanese Cedar Pollen Allergen Homologous to Plant Subtilisin-like Serine Protease
Ahmed Ragaa Nour Ibrahim, Seiji Kawamoto, Keisuke Mizuno, Yayoi Shimada, Satoshi Rikimaru, Nobukazu Onishi, Kunihiko Hashimoto, Tsunehiro Aki, Takaharu Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Ono

If you are a current member of a WAO Member Society:

Go to the WAO website (www.worldallergy.org). Click "Members Only" and you will be provided with instructions on how to access the full text of all articles published in the WAO Journal. To enjoy continual access, return to www.WorldAllergy.org and Members Only each time to newly access the full text.

Not a member? Sign up for the WAO Journal at: www.waojournal.org

Applications invited for GLORIA™ US placements, 2011

The GLORIA module on Angioedema has been updated for release in 2011, offering exciting insights into new treatments for hereditary angioedema. The GLORIA US program has funding for four placements of this module in 2011. Regional, state and local allergy societies in the USA are invited to submit applications via the attached form.

GLORIA US 2011 Application for Angioedema Module
Application deadline: 20th December 2010

10th Annual International Alliance Meeting

From September 20-23, 2010, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) hosted the 10th annual meeting of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Alliance, which unites organizations from around the world whose missions involve education, awareness, research, and advocacy on behalf of individuals affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis.

This year's meeting included presentations from the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Dr. Michael Kaliner, Historian and Member-at-Large of the WAO Board, presented WAO's educational and research activities related to anaphylaxis and food allergy. Dr. Alessandro Fiocchi, Chair, WAO's Special Committee on Food Allergy, presented on the World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rational for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines. The document is a reappraisal of the recent literature on diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk allergy (CMA), and it contains evidence-based guidelines for CMA that were drafted according to the GRADE methodology and which encompass experience from 10,000+ studies translating it into practical recommendations.

WAO and FAAN are long-time partners and will continue to collaborate on projects for improving patient care.

The 2011 Alliance meeting will be held from Sept 19-22 in Fairfax, Virginia (USA). For more information, please contact Christopher Weiss at cweiss@foodallergy.org.

PhARF Award 2011

It is now time to nominate for the PhARF Award 2011. deadline is December 31, 2010. The Award amounts to USD 50.000. How to nominate, just follow the link: Nomination to PhARF Award 2011.

World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2011 - Cancun, Mexico, 4-8 December 2011

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