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World Allergy Week 2012

Thank you to WAO Member Societies for your World Allergy Week outreach!

View 2012 WAO Member Society Activities

Presentations by WAO Leaders - Now Available!

Journalists: For interview requests contact the WAO Secretariat.

Recording of presentation by Professors Ruby Pawankar and Marek Kowlaski, 16 April 2012 (15 minutes).

Access the MP3 file.

Recording of presentation by Professors Ruby Pawankar and Motohiro Ebisawa, 18 April 2012 (15 minutes).

Access the MP3 file.
Access the transcript.

World Allergy Week 2012 Welcome Message

Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD, WAO President and Marek Kowalski, MD, PhD, Chair of the World Allergy Week 2012 Steering Committee, welcome WAO Member Societies to World Allergy Week 2012 (16-22 April), introducing the theme, “The Rising Global Burden of Asthma and Allergic Diseases,” and talking about the ways Member Societies are encouraged to participate to help increase awareness of allergic diseases locally and in their regions. (Also pictured above: Motohiro Ebisawa, MD, PhD, Chair of the Communications Council.) Access the Video

World Allergy Week 2012 Resources

Presentation of 16 April 2012

Presentation of 18 April 2012 – audio file | transcript

Welcome Message Video

Steering Committee

Media Release

WAO Publications

Defining the Specialty

President’s Editorial: The Unmet Global Health Need of Severe and Complex Allergies: Meeting the Challenge

International Press Teleconference - Media Alert


World Allergy Week logo for use online

World Allergy Week logo for use in print
World Allergy Week 2012 Powerpoint slides

WAO White Book on Allergy

WAO White Book on Allergy: Executive Summary

Economic Burden of Allergy Table

The Allergy Epidemic, by Dr. Susan Prescott – Book review by Dr. Phil Lieberman

World Allergy Week 2012 Steering Committee and Spokespersons

Marek L. Kowalski
Chair, World Allergy Week 2012
Sandra González-Díaz
WAO Board of Directors
Motohiro Ebisawa
Chair, Communications Council
Paul Greenberger
Vice Chair, Communications Council
Paul C. Potter
WAO Journal Editorial Board
Ruby Pawankar, Stephen Holgate
Lanny Rosenwasser, Juan Carlos Ivancevich

Journalists: For interview requests contact the WAO Secretariat.

Join Us for World Allergy Week 2012

WAO Member Societies are encouraged to collaborate in World Allergy Week’s global effort to highlight the needs of patients with allergic and immunologic diseases and asthma, provide information about the prevalence of these disorders, and explain the need for enhanced education and patient care services.

View letter from the President

WAO welcomes your participation in any of the following recommended World Allergy Week activities on a national level:

  • Link the logo from your society’s homepage and highlight the available resources.
  • Translate the news release and disseminate it nationally and include contact information for one or two society representatives to speak about The Rising Global Burden of Allergic Diseases and Asthma.
  • Send WAO the names, affiliations and email addresses of medical journalists in your area who might be interested in the press teleconference to be held by WAO on Monday 16 April. (Send email to WAO.)
  • Conduct media events in your area such as a news conference or educational events. Contact television and radio stations and ask them to host World Allergy Week 2012 interviews with local allergy specialists.
  • Use the WAO White Book on Allergy as a resource. If your society submitted an individual report, you may wish to use this to highlight the need for local allergy patient services and to take the opportunity to reference the full publication to your members, the public, health planners, politicians, universities, private health funders and your national Department of Health – with your society’s endorsement. Links to downloadable files are provided in the resources section of this page.
  • Please send us your ideas for promotions or activities that have been successful for your society for us to share with your fellow WAO Member Societies!

The WAO Board of Directors, Communications Council and Steering Committee of World Allergy Week 2012 sincerely thank you for your valuable participation in this initiative!

For more information or questions about World Allergy Week, contact the WAO Secretariat at:

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