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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) has long acted as a facilitator for the sharing of information, ideas and best practices within the field of allergy and clinical immunology. WAO recognizes the unique position we are in to connect medical professionals from all reaches of the globe with the common passion for expanding our specialty. Through various initiatives led by WAO such as the Emerging Societies Program, the World Allergy Forum and WAO Centers of Excellence, we are able to recognize leaders in our field and connect them with one another to encourage fellowship and collaboration. Read More...

Inside the Issue

WAO Meetings

WAO International Scientific Conference 2016


Register today to attend cutting-edge sessions at WISC 2016!

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WAO Symposium on Hot Topics
in Pediatric Allergy and Regulatory Affairs

Save the Date!
27-29 April 2017
Rome, Italy/Vatican City

Meet Your WAO Leaders


Mübeccel Akdis MD, PhD
Head of Immunodermatology
Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF)
Davos Platz, Switzerland
Member Society: Swiss Society of Allergology and Immunology (SSAI)
Member-at-Large, WAO Board of Directors
Co-Chair, WAO Committee on Immunotherapy and Immunomodulators

What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
My inspiration to become involved in WAO has several bases. First, WAO is an umbrella organization that covers all the international societies and provides the platform to share developing knowledge in education, research and patient care in allergy asthma and immunology. WAO is a global organization whose members consist of 97 regional and national allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies from around the world, which is a second reason to be involved. The aim of WAO IS to advance excellence in clinical care, research, education and training in allergy, which is the third reason.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
The Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology will take place in St. Gallen together with Swiss Society of Pediatrics, June 1-2, 2017. The meeting will offer an outstanding educational and scientific program. Another meeting is World Immune Regulation Meeting (WIRM), which will take place in Davos from 15-18 March, 2017, and will provide 20 international travel grants.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
My research interest is mechanisms of peripheral tolerance, which is a key immunological mechanism in healthy immune response to allergens, and is also well documented in autoimmunity, transplantation, cancer and infection. Our research has been focused on strategies for efficient prevention and curative treatment of allergic diseases and has exploited recent developments in identifying ways to cure allergic diseases. Extensive progress has been made in our understanding of the mechanisms of allergic diseases within the complex interaction of effector T cells, other effector cells, resident tissue cells and different subsets of Treg cells. Currently, our research has developed essential techniques and a specific niche to investigate human allergen-specific effector and regulatory B cells through several recent studies that we have published. In our research, human in vivo systems are continuously being investigated to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease development for better prevention and treatment.

References to most recent publications
IgG4 production is confined to human IL-10-producing regulatory B cells that suppress antigen-specific immune responses.
Mechanisms of immune tolerance to allergens: role of IL-10 and Tregs.
IL-10-overexpressing B cells regulate innate and adaptive immune responses.

What's New


Newly Updated Disease Summaries!

"Asthma, Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness and Sports”, By Kai-Håkon Carlsen, MD, PhD and Luis Delgado, MD, PhD Access

“Vaccination and the Risk of Atopy and Asthma”, By Menachem Rottem, MD Access

“Latex Allergy Diagnosis and Management”, By Sandra M. Gawchik, DO Access

The ADRC helps you find concise overviews about allergic diseases and up-to-the-minute news of developments in allergy management and treatment. These peer reviewed synopses are written by the world's leading allergy experts. Visit the ARDC to view all topics in the library at:


New Question!

"Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis: In recent times, anaphylaxis frequency is increasing and management is difficult. Epipen is not available in India. Adrenalin Injection self-administration is difficult. Alternate routes of administration of Adrenalin by sublingual route 40 mg appears promising, do you recommend for routine use in our patients? Please let us know its efficacy in the management of anaphylaxis."

Are you curious to read what the experts have to say on this question? Click here to read their answers.

To pose educational, scientific or medical questions about allergy, asthma and clinical immunology to WAO international experts, click here if you are a physician. Find a growing list of answered questions here.


New Case!

A 54-year-old male presents to the emergency room with shortness of breath. Do you think you know what the real diagnosis is?

"Recurrent Shortness of Breath in an Adult”, By Emma Westermann-Clark, MD; Andrew Cooke, MD; Marion B. Ridley, MD; and Richard F. Lockey, MD Access

Interactive Case Reports give you the chance to test your knowledge and make a diagnosis on an unusual case history. The case study is pictorially presented, along with questions and possible diagnoses. When you select your diagnosis, you immediately learn whether or not your diagnosis corresponds to that of the experts who posted the case, and you are able to read the rationale for the diagnosis and suggested treatment provided by the expert. Visit the Interactive Case Reports section to test your knowledge on all the cases:


New data has been added to Region A of the World Atlas of Aeroallergens. WAO is pleased to present information on Aeroallergens in the Caribbean.

Click here to view the World Atlas of Aeroallergens.



Registration is now open for this free educational event. Register Today!

Credits Available

Program Moderator:

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
National Jewish Health
United States

Panel Members:

Peter Howarth, BSc (Hons), MBBS, DM
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPC
McMaster University

Mario Castro, MD, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
United States

This 90-minute symposium certified for continuing medical education will focus on the assessment and management of severe asthma, with an emphasis on eosinophilic presentations including the role of biologics, and global best practices to improve patient outcomes.

Key opinion leaders will discuss the management of severe asthma before a live audience of invited physicians and healthcare professionals who will engage with the panel via polling, case dialogue and Question/Answer opportunities.

This program is a partnership of Medscape and the World Allergy Organization. The Program Director is Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City, United States.


Registration on site begins at 6:00 PM.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Teva.


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by the WAO Junior Member, Prof Vered Schichter, on the upcoming WAO International Scientific Conference in Jerusalem, Israel from 6-9 December 2016.  We greatly thank Prof Vered Schichter for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News.











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Make sure to visit both our company and group page on LinkedIn for the latest WAO news! And don’t forget about our other social media sites.





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What's New in Small Airways Research

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What's New in Severe Asthma Research

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WAO Journal

WAO Journal



Risk and safety requirements for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in allergology: World Allergy Organization Statement   View Article

Heated egg yolk challenge predicts the natural course of hen's egg allergy: a retrospective study    View Article

Proceedings of the 2015 WAO Symposium on Food Allergy and the Microbiome    View Abstracts

International consensus on (ICON): allergic reactions to vaccines    View Article

Tiotropium in asthma: what is the evidence and how does it fit in?    View Article