WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 11, November 2011

WAC 2011


Dear Colleagues,

We are just a few weeks away from the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011), and I am very much looking forward to seeing you in person in beautiful Cancún, México. There is still time to register if you haven’t had the chance yet, and all of the information you need is available at www.worldallergy.org/wac2011.

This month I would like to provide you with a few updates about the Congress as well as introduce you to a newly launched section of the WAO website: Defining the Specialty. Read more>>



2011 House of Delegates Meeting – Reminder!
The WAO House of Delegates Meeting will take place on 7 December 2011, during the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún. Officially appointed 2011-2013 Delegates have received the meeting invitation; please contact Jennie Smazik (jsmazik@worldallergy.org) with any questions or concerns. This is an invitation-only WAO meeting.

Celebrate the World Allergy Organization’s 60th Anniversary!
WAO is proud and honored to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2011. Please stop by the WAO History display (located next to the WAO Booth in the Cancún Convention Center, first floor exhibition area) during the  World Allergy Congress and relive WAO’s proudest achievements and scientific breakthroughs, and honor the pioneering leaders of our specialty. Two comprehensive supplements of WAO History articles, written by Prof. Alain de Weck and Dr. Michael Kaliner for the WAO Journal, will be available for visitors at the display. We look forward to greeting you in Cancún and celebrating this exciting WAO milestone!

WAO-JSA Lecture, Tokyo, Japan, 11 November 2011
WAO was honored to collaborate with the Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA) for the first WAO-JSA Lecture in conjunction with the Biannual Scientific Meeting of the JSA in Tokyo, Japan, 10-12 November 2011. Prof. Phillip Lieberman spoke on the “WAO Anaphylaxis Guidelines.” You may view the WAO Guidelines on the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis, published in the WAO Journal here.



New WAO Website Design
If you have visited the WAO website recently, you have noticed its new design. The goals of the WAO Web Editorial Board in updating the design was to showcase the most important features and sections of the website as well as to promote WAO’s mission. They also wanted the website to be both attractive and easy to navigate. More enhancements are in process as well, so visit the WAO website often!

WAO Website Wins MarCom 2011 Gold Award
Congratulations to Dr. Juan Carlos Ivancevich, Web Editor-in-Chief, the WAO Web Editorial Board, and all content contributors, reviewers, and translators involved in the WAO website! WAO has been recognized in the 2011 MarCom Awards, judged and administered by the International Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.

The WAO website received the 2011 Gold Award, which is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. There were 6,000 entries worldwide, and WAO is part of the 18% that received the Gold Award. In addition, the email newsletter campaign of the World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011), Cancún Insider, was an Honorable Mention winner.


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Guillermo Salamanca, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

The XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) in Cancún is coming up really soon December 4 to 8, and with it the official launch of the WAO Junior Members Group! It has been hard work preparing, but an outstanding experience is in store for our group, and social activities specifically for young attendees. So for those of you who haven’t joined yet, what are you waiting for?  Read more>>


WAO Working Group Updates

WAO Work Group Meetings During the WAC 2011
The following WAO Work Groups will hold program activities during the Congress: Allergic Rhinitis Working Group, WAO HAE International Alliance, Small Airways Working Group, and the WAO Junior Members Group. For full details about these Work Group activities, click here.

Learn About HAE, Talk About HAE at WAC 2011
Did you know that people living with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare, potentially fatal swelling disorder, can go up to 10 years without an accurate diagnosis? In an effort to help improve the time to an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management for patients with HAE, the WAO has partnered with other specialist organizations in the program, “HAE: Learn About It, Talk About It.” Visit booth #1105 at WAC to become part of the movement to improve HAE patient care, or visit www.LetsTalkHAE.com for educational resources on HAE and to find a U.S. HAE-treating allergist/immunologist to refer a potential patient.

The program is supported by ViroPharma Incorporated.

Visit the New 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 in September 2011. Online lectures, interactive case reports, slide presentations, audio interviews with experts, educational synopses, and reports of findings from the “Landmark Surveys of Nasal Allergy Sufferers,” are accessible at www.worldallergy.org/allergic_rhinitis.

Coming soon in 2012! 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 topics of adult and pediatric allergic rhinitis. This will be a free WAO program with universal on-line access.

WAO’s Allergic Rhinitis Working Group website is sponsored through an unrestricted educational grant from Nycomed: A Takeda Company.

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.


XXII World Allergy Congress News

The World Allergy Organization gears up to welcome delegates to the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011) to take place on 4-8 December in Cancún, México.

WAC 2011 will feature a stellar scientific program, showcasing over 200 key topics and issues on allergy, asthma and immunology. Six hundred eighty one abstracts will be featured in the Poster and Abstract Sessions. During the Opening Ceremony of the Congress on 4 December 17:30-19:30, WAO will bestow WAO Awards for many categories including Scientific Achievement, Outstanding Clinician, Distinguished Service Award, and the Gold Medal Award. Read the President's Message to see the names of Awardees. To date, delegates from over 80 countries are registered to attend.

You can still register online to attend the Congress. To register and book your hotel, click here.

WAO Journal

November 2011
Volume 4, Issue 11
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



The Bioavailability of Salbutamol in Urine via Volumatic and Nonvolumatic Valved Holding Chambers
Fanak Fahmi, Farzad Kobarfard, Jamshid Salamzadeh, Atefeh Fakharian, Pegah Abdolahi, et al.

(Un)Awareness of Allergy
A. Fusun Kalpaklioglu, Ilkay Koca Kalkan, Ahmet Akcay, Ismail Reisli, et al.


History of the World Allergy Organization: Time to Change!
S. G. O. Johansson

History of the World Allergy Organization: Innovation in Continuity 2008–2009
Giorgio Walter Canonica

History of the World Allergy Organization: The First 50 Years of IAA/IAACI/WAO

Alain L. de Weck

History of the World Allergy Organization: Two Decades Leading to World Leadership, 1990–2010

Michael A. Kaliner

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Non-members click here to access Journal 


6-9 December India


Events Calendar 

68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
March 2–6, 2012
Orlando, Florida

13th Malaysian Congress & Exhibition on Allergy & Immunology
March 9–11, 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 1–14, 2012
Munich, Germany

To view ALL upcoming events, click here