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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The World Allergy Organization is a global federation that is making an international impact every day. With a membership of 97 national and regional societies, WAO’s reach is extensive, but WAO’s impact goes beyond even this wide scope... >> Read More

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WISC 2016

WAO International Scientific Conference 2016


Mark your calendars! Registration and Abstract Submission opens in 16 days on 09 June 2016.

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Meet Your WAO Leaders


Mario Sánchez-Borges, MD
President, World Allergy Organization
Allergy and Clinical Immunology Department, Centro Médico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela and Allergy Service, Clínica El Avila, Caracas, Venezuela
Member Society: Sociedad Venezolana de Allergia, Asma e Inmunología (VSAAI)

What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
I had been involved as an officer with the Venezuelan Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and Latin American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (SLAAI). I represented VSAAI at the WAO House of Delegates meeting and had the opportunity to learn about the organization and its activities. My main interest is to work for the benefit of allergic patients around the world through the education of my colleagues.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
Currently, there are an increasing number of young and talented allergists/immunologists who are working for our specialty in Venezuela. Recently, they celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Venezuelan Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
My main areas of research are: Urticaria and angioedema, Hypersensitivity reactions to drugs, Mite hypersensitivity, and Anaphylaxis.

Do you have any recent publications to share?
Hidden allergens and oral mite anaphylaxis: the pancake syndrome revisited.
Aspirin-exacerbated cutaneous disease (AECD) is a distinct subphenotype of chronic spontaneous urticaria.

What's New


New Online Learning Modules

Linking Upper and Lower Airways in Severe Asthma
Authors: Makoto Nashino, MD, and Motohiro Ebisawa, MD, PhD
Free Access

Severe and Uncontrolled Asthma
Author: Mario Sánchez-Borges, MD
Free Access

Production and distribution sponsored through an independent education grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.


Regional Editor (Asia-Pacific), WAO Web Editorial Board
The World Allergy Organization (WAO) Web Editorial Board is accepting applications and nominations for Regional Editor for the Asia-Pacific region. The newly appointed Regional Editor will help promote WAO’s mission and website at every opportunity to increase use of site and contributions, manage online projects, and make other contributions to the WAO website. Candidates must be practicing allergists/immunologists and an individual member of a WAO Member Society in the Asia-Pacific region with the ability to edit educational and scientific content for the web. For more information, please contact the WAO Secretariat by email. The deadline for applications is 25 June 2016.


Emerging Anti-Cytokine Therapies in Severe Asthma

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 • 10:30 – 12:00 • Stolz 2, Reed Messe Wien Congress Center

Mario Sánchez-Borges (Venezuela), Antonella Muraro (Italy)

Speakers and Topics

Cytokine Families and Receptors as Targets for Treatment in Severe Asthma
Thomas B Casale
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, United States)

Cytokine Disruptive Therapies in Severe Asthma
Sally E. Wenzel
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, United States)

Eosinophilic Directed Therapies in Severe Asthma
William W. Busse
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, United States)

This World Allergy Forum is an activity of the WAO Collaborative on Severe Asthma (COSA) –
Production and distribution sponsored through an independent education grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by the new Chair, Prof Razvigor Darlenski, and Co-Chair, Prof Marco Caminati.  We greatly thank both Prof Darlenski and Prof Caminati for their contributions to this month’s WAO Junior Members News and their contributions to WAO Junior Members Steering Committee for the 2016-2017 term!


Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

WAO extends their appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:
Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
French: Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Italian: Maria Bova
Polish: Krzystof Kowal
Portuguese: Herberto Jose Chong Neto
Spanish: Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

If you are interested in becoming a translator and for more information contact Samantha Machart at


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Editor's Choice Literature Review

A novel arctigenin-containing latex glove prevent latex allergy by inhibiting type I/IV allergic reactions 

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Book Review

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What's New in Severe Asthma Research

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What's New in Small Airways Research

Asthma phenotypes and endotypes: leading the way towards personalized medicine

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