WAO News and Notes

Volume 8, Issue 12, December 2011

WAC 2012

President's Message

The World Allergy Organization: Yesterday, Today, and the Future
Richard F. Lockey, MD, President
World Allergy Organization (2010-2011)

Presented at the Presidential Symposium of the
XXII World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México,
6 December 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Medicine and the specialty of allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology have undergone great changes since the World Allergy Organization (WAO) was formed in 1951. Michael Kaliner, with major contributions from Alain de Weck, both Past-Presidents of WAO, has given you an overview of how the organization has evolved through the years. The personal recollections of past presidents, Congress organizers, and other leaders of WAO can be viewed online at the WAO Journal (www.waojournal.org). WAO is grateful to you for recording and documenting its history.

A seminal change occurred in the organization structure in 1997... read more>>


Attendees from 85 Countries Welcomed at the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011)

From 4-8 December in Cancún, México, 3,517 attendees from 85 countries gathered for the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC 2011), one of the largest allergy/immunology scientific meetings in the world. In his opening remarks, Richard F. Lockey, WAO President, reminisced with attendees. Read more>>


WAO Junior Members Group News

By Sylvia Sánchez-García, MD
Co-Chair, WAO Junior Members Group

Congratulations to WAO Junior Members for a Successful Meeting in Cancún!

After so many months of waiting, finally it was time for the World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México. For the World Allergy Organization members at large, this was the XXII Congress, but for the WAO Junior Members Group, this meeting had a special meaning in the sense that it was our very first Congress as a formal group.

Much excitement, many nerves and feelings, and lots of preparations were part of just four days of meeting. We programmed several activities. Read more>>


PhARF Award 2012

It is now time to nominate your candidate for the 2012 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: December 31, 2011. To nominate, click here.


WAO Committee Updates

"Clinical Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Allergy" (CUPPA) to Be Presented at the 6th Milan International Scientific Meeting on Food Allergy, 10-11 February 2012

WAO is about to publish the first release of the new document, “Clinical Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Allergy” (CUPPA), which will be the first position statement to address this issue in the field of food allergy. CUPPA, first presented during the XXII World Allergy Congress in Cancún, México this month, will be officially presented during the 6th Milan International Scientific Meeting on Food Allergy, Not Everybody’s Cup of Tea, to be held in Milan on 10-11 February 2012. The document is being developed by members of the WAO Special Committee on Food Allergy. Read more>>


WAO Working Group Updates

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

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. 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. Read more>>

WAO Journal

December 2011
Volume 4, Issue 12
ISSN: 1939-4551
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD



Dexamethasone and Salbutamol Stimulate Human Lung Fibroblast Proliferation
Pickholtz, Eran; Admon, Dan; Izhar, Uzi; Berkman, Neville; Levi-Schaffer, Francesca

A World Allergy Organization International Survey on Diagnostic Procedures and Therapies in Drug Allergy/Hypersensitivity
Thong, Bernard Yu-Hor; Mirakian, Rita; Castells, Mariana; Pichler, Werner; Romano, Antonino; Bonadonna, Patrizia; Diana, Deleanu; Kowalski, Marek; Yanez, Anahi; Lleonart, Ramon; Sánchez-Borges, Mario; Demoly, Pascal

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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