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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is only as strong as the membership that constitutes it. We cannot realize our mission of providing direct educational outreach programs, symposia, and lectureships without the collaboration and support of our 97 national and regional member societies... >>>Read More


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WAO Meetings

WAO International Scientific Conference 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


Zeinab A El-Sayed, MD, PhD
Prof. of Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit
Children's Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University
Cairo, Egypt
Member Society: Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
WAO Board of Directors

What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
I first marked the WAO website as one of my favorite bookmarks. I connected with WAO's mission when I represented my society, the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, in the Member Societies meeting, in 1st Middle East-Asia Allergy Asthma Immunology Congress (MEAAAIC) in Dubai, 2009.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
ESPAI's annual international congress is an important scientific event for allergists/immunologists in Egypt and the surrounding countries. Its journal, The Egyptian Journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, is a regular biannual publication of recent research and knowledge in the field.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
Currently, I am coordinating a project by the WHO for nationwide surveillance for the vaccine derived poliovirus among primary immunodeficiency patients (iVDPV) and sensitization of physicians to the problem. 

Reference(s) to most recent publications
Poliovirus Excretion among Persons with Primary Immune Deficiency Disorders: Summary of Data from Enhanced Poliovirus Surveillance in Egypt, 2011-2014 
Latex hypersensitivity among allergic Egyptian children: relation to parental/self reports

What's New


New Case!

A 29-year-old male is referred to the clinic for anaphylaxis after jogging for 15 minutes. Do you think you know what the real diagnosis is?

"Syncope During Exercise”, By Chen Hsing Lin, MD and Richard F. Lockey, MD


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:


A new article developed by the WAO Committee on Pediatric Asthma, led by Prof. Elham Hossny, has just published in the WAO Journal: “The use of inhaled corticosteroids in pediatric asthma; update” (Hossny et al, 2016). To expand upon the valuable clinical information presented in the article, several experts throughout WAO have collaborated with Dr. Dana Wallace, Prof. Juan Carlos Ivancevich and the WAO Web Editorial Board to provide additional resources on this important topic:

Treatment of Asthma in Children 5 Years and Under, Based on Different Global Guidelines
Elham Hossny, Children's Hospital of Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Paul C. Potter, University of Cape Town Lung Institute (South Africa)
Disease Summary, Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Difficult to Manage Asthma in Childhood with Steroid Complications
Bob Lanier, University of North Texas HSC (United States)
Interactive Case Report

Asthmatic Getting Sicker Despite Medication
Bob Lanier, University of North Texas HSC (United States)
Interactive Case Report

Inhaled Corticosteroids in Pediatric Asthma
Glenis Scadding, The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (United Kingdom)
Allergy Quiz

Will My Child Outgrow Asthma
Gary Steven, Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, S.C. (United States)
Video Presentation, WAO TV

Interview with Prof. Elham Hossny
Available soon on WAO TV

All of these new pediatric asthma resources are included in a list here in the Allergic Diseases Resource Center.


New Question!

Anaphylaxis Episodes and Anaphylaxis Deaths: There is discordance between anaphylaxis episodes (increasing markedly) and anaphylaxis deaths (remaining stable) in developed countries, at least in Australia where good figures are available. What is the explanation?

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.


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by WAO Junior Member, Dr. Darío Antolin-Amerigo, on eHealth and allergy management. We greatly thank Dr. Antolin-Amerigo for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News.



WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2016) Jerusalem

COSA Symposium: Severe Asthma
Thursday, 8 December 2016
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Peter Howarth, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Neville Berkman, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center (Israel)

Severe Asthma Phenotypes and Fungal Allergic Respiratory Disease
Paul Greenberger, Northwestern University (United States)

Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
Shmuel Kivity, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Israel)

Novel Therapies for Severe-Unresponsive Asthma
Elliot Israel, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (United States)

A COSA initiative, supported through an independent education grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Learn more about the work of the Collaboration on Severe Asthma (COSA), including educational programs, scientific articles, and other online resources on severe asthma at:


Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages. WAO extends appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:

Arabic: 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

Read their biographies to find out more about the WAO translators. If you are interested in becoming a translator, contact WAO at


The World Allergy Organization is partnering with Medscape to develop a 90-minute symposium with continuing medical education (CME) credit that will take place in Jerusalem on 5 December 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

During the interactive symposium, "Severe Asthma: Advancing the Art of Control,” 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.

Course Director: Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Medicine
Program Moderator: Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, National Jewish Health
Panel Member: Peter Howarth, BSc (Hons), MBBS, DM, University of Southampton
Panel Member: Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, McMaster University
Panel Member: Mario Castro, MD, MPH, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

The symposium 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.

The program is supported by an independent educational grant from Teva.


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Editors' Choice Literature Review

Early-Life Origins of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Book Review

Allergy Bioinformatics


What's New in Small Airways Research

Serious Asthma Events with Budesonide plus Formoterol vs. Budesonide Alone: no higher risk with the combo


What's New in Severe Asthma Research

Inflammatory and Co-Morbid Features of Patients with Severe Asthma and Frequent Exacerbations


WAO Journal

WAO Journal



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

Exposure to positively- and negatively-charged plasma cluster ions impairs IgE-binding capacity of indoor cat and fungal allergens    View Article

The use of inhaled corticosteroids in pediatric asthma; update    View Article

Prevention of food and airway allergy: Consensus of the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Paediatrics, the Italian Society of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology and Italian Society of Pediatrics    View Article