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Meet Your WAO Leaders


Motohiro Ebisawa, MD, PhD
Secretary-General, World Allergy Organization
Department of Allergy, Clinical Research Center for Allergology and Rheumatology,
Sagamihara National Hospital, Sagamihara, Japan
Member Society: Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA)

What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
In 2013, I got involved in the preparation of World Allergy Week. I mainly contributed as the Chair of Communication Committee. It is a great pleasure to communicate with and get to know people throughout the world.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
In 2014, we published the JSA anaphylaxis guideline, adopting the WAO anaphylaxis guideline. We try to disseminate the anaphylaxis guideline by giving lectures at other medical societies’ annual meetings. We have published several guidelines in the field of allergy in our official journal of Allergology International.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
Our department is the number one facility with the most food allergy cases in the world. We see a total of a few thousand food allergy patients and perform 16 to 20 oral food challenges a day. Our main focus is always for patients and not research. Since I moved to our institute, this policy has never changed. To find the best way to control or cure food allergy with anaphylaxis is our hot topic right now.

Do you have any recent publications to share?
New approach for food allergy management using low-dose oral food challenges and low-dose oral immunotherapies.
Natural history of immediate-type hen's egg allergy in Japanese children.