WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 11, November 2013

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President's Message

Ruby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Do you know that if YOU are a member of your National and/or Regional Allergy, Asthma or Clinical Immunology Society and your society is a WAO member society, then you are also a member of WAO?

WAO is a federation of 92 national and regional societies, whose aim is to be a global resource and advocate for you and your society. WAO does this through providing education, research and training to advance clinical care in the field of allergy. To see a list of the current 92 societies we represent, please visit our website: http://www.worldallergy.org/wao_societies/members.php. If you don’t see your society listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on how your society can become a member society. Read more >>

WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy & Biologics

Register today and attend cutting-edge sessions at the WAO Symposium!

Click here to view the Online Scientific Program

WISC 2014

Save the Dates!

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2014 and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunopathology

Upcoming WAO Meetings

World Allergy Training School (WATS)
25-26 November 2013
Harare, Zimbabwe

On 25 and 26 November, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), along with the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and the Zimbabwe Allergy Society, will be holding a World Allergy Training School (WATS) at the Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Training School will include a full day of sessions on 25 November and a morning of sessions on 26 November. The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Symposium put on by the Zimbabwe Allergy Society will follow on the afternoon of 26 November and all day on 27 November.

2013 National Allergy Meeting
(The ASBAI Congress)

Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunopathology
30 November - 3 December 2013
Belem, Brazil

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

WAO Junior Members Session -
WAO Symposium

On Saturday, 14 December from 3:30-4:15 pm the WAO Junior Members will hold a Practical Course on Immunotherapy. Dr. Alexander Díaz Rodríguez will speak about the “Current Status and Future Perspectives of Immunotherapy in Latin America and Cuba”. To follow, Dr. Ves Dimov will talk on “Use of New Technology to Improve Utilization and Adherence to Immunotherapy”. We hope you are able to attend!


The WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics is using social media! You can read what everyone is talking about and stay connected with WAO and other attendees before, during, and after the meeting by using the hashtag #WAO2013.

Use #WAO2013 on:

Twitter: @worldallergy 

Facebook: facebook.com/worldallergyorg 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/world-allergy-organization


November 2013
Volume 6
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD
Chief Editor


Insights, attitudes, and perceptions about asthma and its treatment: Findings from a multinational survey of patients from Latin America
Maspero JS, Jardim JR, Aranda A, Tassinari CP, González-Díaz SN, Sansores RH, Moreno-Cantu JJ, Fish JE
Provisional Abstract (and PDF) 


Hypersensitivity reactions to non beta-lactam antimicrobial agents; A statement of the WAO Special Committee on Drug Allergy
Sánchez-Borges M, Thong B, Ensina LF, González-Díaz S, Greenberger PA, Jares E, Jee YK et al
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


A WAO – ARIA – GA2LEN consensus document on molecular-based allergy diagnostics
Canonica GW, Ansotegui IJ, Pawankar R, Schmid-Grendelmeier P, van Hage M, Baena-Cagnani CE, Melioli G et al
Full Text


Oral vancomycin desensitization to treat Clostridium difficile infection in a vancomycin allergic patient
Mahabir S, Lim RY, Magee C, Fitzatrick F, Keogan M
United Kingdom / Ireland
Full Text


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Articles published in the WAO Journal are available through PubMed Central and PubMed.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.


The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information. – Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser

Medical Journal Reviews

Editor's Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Asthma as a heterogeneous group of conditions

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

New Trends in Allergy and Atopic Eczema

Edited by Johannes Ring, Ulf Darsow, Heidrun Behrendt

Reviewed by Sandeep Kumar, CSIR-SRF

Read the review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Routinely used lung function tests can underestimate dysfunctions occurring in the small airways

Read this and all article reviews

Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

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

About the role and underlying mechanisms of cofactors in anaphylaxis (Wölbing F et al 2013)

Read this month’s summaries

Now also available in Spanish!

Read past summaries

Thank You, Website Translators!

Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

WAO extends their appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:

Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
WAO is grateful for Luis Borrego's participation, and welcomes new translator, Joao Fonseca.
Georgy Gudima
Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

What's New

World Allergy Week 2014

WAO is proud to announce World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April) which will focus on the theme of Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal.

 Member Societies: click here to download the World Allergy Week 2014 logo for your website and be sure to link the logo back to WorldAllergyWeek.org

 WAO will continue to provide updates about World Allergy Week 2014 resources and activities in the WAO News & Notes.

 WAO Junior Members Group - November Member News!

In a great effort to get our WAO Junior Members more involved, Dr. Razvigor Darlenski and Dr. Ves Dimov have developed an online survey to capture more information about our WAO Junior Members including: demographics, interests, and publications just to name a few. Please take a moment to visit the WAO Junior Members News page to take the Junior Members Group Survey!

 WAO Leaders Receive Prestigious Awards

WAO Board Members Dr. Michael Blaiss and Dr. Sandra González Díaz were recognized by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) during their 2013 Annual Meeting, on 7-12 November, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Blaiss received the ACAAI’s highest honor: the Gold Headed Cane Award, in recognition of his integrity and high standards of excellence. The award serves as an inspiration to younger doctors and encourages them in family, social, civil, religious and professional life to cultivate character that earns the respect and good will of colleagues and the profession at large. For more information, please visit the ACAAI website here.
Dr. González Díaz received the International Distinguished Fellow Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions and commitment on behalf of the specialty of allergy in Mexico.

Congratulations to Dr. Blaiss and Dr. González Díaz!

WAO Presents New Online Learning Resources!

Did you know that WAO offers several options for self-paced online learning, including opportunities to earn CME? The course formats vary from recorded lectures to interactive case-based learning modules.

Co-morbidities of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis: WAO Online Symposium - NEW!
Access the lectures

WAO Online Learning Modules with CME - NEW!
Allergic Rhinitis with Asthma in Adults
Management of Asthma with Co-morbid Allergic Rhinitis in Adults
Allergic Rhinitis with Asthma in Children
Management of Asthma with Co-morbid Allergic Rhinitis in Children
Access the modules

WAO Website Wins MarCom 2013 Gold Award

WAO has been recognized in the 2013 MarCom Awards, judged and administered by the International Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. The WAO website received the 2013 Gold Award, which is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. There were over 6,500 entries worldwide, and WAO is part of the 22% that received the 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!


PhARF Award 2014

The Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF) welcomes you to nominate a candidate for the 2014 PhARF Award. The objective of PhARF is to encourage progress in allergy research, specifically through the PhARF Award, which is aimed at recognizing outstanding younger investigators. The Award amounts to 50,000 USD.

Nomination Deadline: 31 December 2013
To nominate, click here.