Junior Member News - November 2015

Congratulations to WAO Junior Members for the great participation in WAC 2015! Outstanding teamwork!

After months of intensive preparation, e-mail exchanging and expectations, it was finally time for the WAC 2015, held on 14-17th October in the dynamic Seoul! It was indeed a very fruitful meeting in which the WAO Junior members (WAO JM) from different countries had the opportunity of improving knowledge in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. But more than that, the WAO JM could be actively involved in many activities of the meeting, proving their best professional and teaching skills! I was delighted and proud of having the chance of working together with you all!

The WAC 2015 Scientific Program counted with successful WAO JM Symposium and Practical Courses in which we had the great participation of WAO JM from all around the world, working together with many Allergy experts. In a friendly atmosphere, the WAO JM could prove the practical skills as speakers and in hands-on sessions of important topics in the allergy/immunology field. It was a great chance to exchange experiences, updating the knowledge and networking! On behalf of the WAO Junior Members Steering Group, we would like to thank very much all the participants for the collaboration and support for the WAO JM Practical Courses.

The outstanding teamwork was the prove of the WAO JM’s passion for the Allergy and Clinical Immunology specialty and the philosophy of WAO JM Group as a huge family of over 730 members!

More than 760 abstracts have been submitted and selected by the Scientific Program Committee and were presented during this special event. World allergy experts evaluated the posters during the meeting, and the authors were awarded. 25 Juniors received the WAO Travel Grant. Congratulations!

The WAO Junior Member reception was held in the InterContinental Seoul Coex Hotel. It was an amazing moment in which we could better know each other, share experiences and construct solid professional connections. Professors Lanny Rosenwasser, Mario Sánchez-Borges and Ignacio Ansotegui were there to support us.

We hope you had a good time in Seoul and enjoyed the meeting!

The EAACI-AAAAI-WAO Junior Members Joint Survey!

With the philosophy of strengthening our specialties and contributing for the education and formation of the future generations of Juniors, for the fist time the Junior members from the main Allergy Academies (the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the World Allergy Organization) join forces by performing a worldwide survey, the EAACI-AAAAI-WAO Junior Members Joint Survey. This project will provide us a big picture of education, training and formation and will allow us to capture the key points to be managed in the upcoming years.

Up to now, we count with 477 responses! Thank you for your collaboration and support! But if you didn’t reply it, you have the last chance to be listened – we will close it in early December. Hurry up!

Finally, I would like to thank all the WAO Junior Members for the energy, passion and pro-activity as well as thank very much all who have been supporting us!

Let’s carry on the preparations for WISC 2016 in Israel – be ready!

All the best,

Luciana Kase Tanno, MD PhD
WAO Junior Members Chair