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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As 2016 begins, many volunteers are working diligently to organize the World Allergy Organization’s (WAO) new Committees for the 2016-2017 term. The various councils and committees of WAO drive the ambitious agenda of the organization and allow for diverse allergists from all over the world to contribute to the structure and success of WAO and the specialty. >> Read More

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WAO International Scientific Conference 2016

Save the Date: WISC 2016

Registration and Abstract Submission for the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2016) opens 09 June 2016.

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Following the theme of “Pollen Allergies – Adapting to a Changing Climate”, World Allergy Week 2016 (4-10 April) will focus on pollen allergy in the context of global climate changes and offer hope for adaptability, which allergists can provide.

Global climate changes are lengthening the allergy seasons and also introducing increased intensity of allergens. Allergy specialists can offer targeted knowledge and healthcare to help allergy sufferers cope, through appropriate diagnosis, effective treatment, and recommendations for self-management and environmental controls. Pollinosis (hay fever) and other allergies, including mold, are increasing in prevalence and severity and will continue to be a concern as climate changes bring more allergen sensitivity. In every country, the prevalence of pollen allergy appears to be increasing, and there are associated economic costs (loss of work or school productivity), which can be addressed with new treatments and also environmental control measures.

During World Allergy Week 2016 experts will increase awareness of pollen allergies and what global climate change translates into for clinicians who treat patients with allergies.

To share your activities write to, and to learn more about activities and resources, visit Visit the site often for updates.


Debates in Allergy Medicine

The editors of the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) have launched a new series of pro/con articles. Each topic is a dialogue between two different views based on the scientific method. The dialectical method has served scholars for more than 2500 years, and this series takes up the tradition of comparing the different views presented and perhaps even encouraging a change of course, as can often happen in allergy.

Professor Alessandro Fiocchi, Editor-in-Chief, discussed the launch of Debates in Allergy Medicine in a recent blog post.

The first topics include:

Baked milk and egg ingestion accelerates resolution of milk and egg allergy
Stephanie A Leonard
Baked egg and milk do not accelerate tolerance to egg and milk
Thanh D Dang, Rachel L Peters, and Katrina J Allen

Food intolerance does exist
Yvan Vandenplas
Food intolerance does not exist
Sten Dreborg

Initial support for the dissemination of this series was provided by Boehringer-Ingelheim.


World Allergy Organization COSA Symposium: Approaches to Severe Asthma

 WAO experts will present on severe asthma during Interasma’s World Congress on Asthma (WCA) in Madrid, Spain, on 14 March 2016 from 16:30 to 18:00.

The Symposium Chairpersons will be Prof G Walter Canonica and Prof Sergio Bonini. Prof Lanny Rosenwasser will speak on “Cytokine Families and Receptors as Treatment Targets in Severe Asthma”. Prof Ignacio Ansotegui will speak on “Small Airways in Asthma”, and Prof Mario Sánchez-Borges will speak on “Acute Asthma Induced by Mite-Contaminated Foods.”

Get information about WCA 2016 here.

Read more about the Collaborative on Severe Asthma here.

A COSA initiative, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.


This feature is designed to be a valuable resource for practicing physicians to pose educational, scientific or medical questions about allergy, asthma and clinical immunology to WAO international experts.

If you would like to submit an Ask the Expert question please submit, here.

WAO would like to thank Dr John Weiner, Co-Editor, and Dr Mandel Sher, Co-Editor, of Ask the Expert, for their contributions to this educational program.


Have you visited WAO’s Facebook? WAO will bring you up-to-date information there about news and events of interest to allergists and immunologists. You will also get updates on future meetings, scientific content, and what is new at

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Editors' Choice Literature Review

Editors Choice

Predicting frequent asthma exacerbations using blood eosinophil count and other patient data

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Book Review

Book Review

Allergic Diseases – New Insights

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What's New in Small Airways Research

What is New in Small Airways Research

Exhaled particles as markers of small airway inflammation in asthma

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What's New in Severe Asthma Research

What Is New in Sever Asthma Research

Toll-like Receptor 7 is Reduced in Severe Asthma and Linked to Altered MicroRNA Profile

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