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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For decades, meetings have been the epicenter of scientific exchange and that has been increasingly evident in the field of allergy/clinical immunology. I have been amazed by the way knowledge in our profession is expanding so rapidly yet is also becoming more accessible. Travel and technology are allowing the latest advances in science to reach every part of the world in increasingly faster methods. Education today is quickly and easily spread through national society meetings, outreach programs, focused symposia, and digital means such as the WAO Journal. >>Read More...

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WAO Meetings

WAO Symposium:
Dust Mites: From Basics to Clinical Applications

Save the Date
6-9 September 2017
Cartagena, Colombia

Get Updates & Learn More on our Meeting Website!

Meet Your WAO Leaders - Prof. Mario Zernotti

Meet Your WAO Leaders

Mario Emilio Zernotti, MD, PhD
Board Member, World Allergy Organization
Professor of ENT
Catholic University of Cordoba
Cordoba, Argentina
Member Societies:
Asociación Argentina de Alergia e Inmunología Clínica (AAAeIC)
Sociedad Argentina de Alergia e Inmunopatología (SAAeI)
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Alergia Asma e Inmunología (SLaai)

What inspired you to become involved in WAO?

My best inspiration was working many years with a leader like Professor Carlos Baena-Cagnani. I discovered the close relationship between our specialties - allergology and my field, otorhinolaryngology. A strong commitment to expanding the awareness of this organization is probably the most important reason for increasing my interest in the activities of WAO, directly and also through the activities of SLaai, the Latin American Society of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member societies?

There are two associations in my country that are working with WAO: Argentine Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC) and Argentine Society of Allergy and Immunopathology (SAAeI). Both institutions have important activities to improve the quality of knowledge for our colleagues and increase our capacity as specialists. As well, both institutions participate in educational events with the general public to work toward prevention of allergies.

What is one of your current interests in the field of allergy/clinical immunology?

As an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist I am involved in rhinitis, rhinosinusitis, laryngitis (and asthma-related laryngitis) and currently otitis media with effusion and its relationship with atopy.

Please share two of your most recent publications.

Scaling up strategies of the chronic respiratory disease programme of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (Action Plan B:3, Area 5)

MACVIA clinical decision algorithm in adolescents and adults with allergic rhinitis

The international survey on the management of allergic rhinitis by physicians and patients (ISMAR)

MACVIA-ARIA Sentinel NetworK for allergic rhinitis (MASK-rhinitis): the new generation guideline implementation

ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma). Achievements in 10 years and future needs in Latin America

What's New

Recording of WAO Webinar

Now Available!



The Agony of Hives: What To Do When Welts and Swelling Do Not Go Away

This webinar is a recording of a live event held on 4 April 2017 for World Allergy Week.

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Paul Greenberger, MD
Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University

Introductory remarks
The impact and agony of chronic hives
Global prevalence – what has been reported

Marcus Maurer, MD
Allergie-Centrum-Charité, Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin

Current approaches to treatment

Mario Sánchez Borges, MD
Centro Médico Docente – La Trinidad; Clínica El Avila

Papular urticaria
Diagnosing and managing patients with aspirin or NSAID-induced urticaria


Elham Hossny, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital of Ain Shams University

Chronic urticaria and the pediatric patient


For distribution support through an unrestricted education grant WAO thanks Novartis.

World Allergy Forum

Join Us for the Upcoming
World Allergy Forum!


Mechanisms and Complications of Severe Asthma
Monday, 19 June 2017 from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Messukeskus Congress Center, Helsinki Finland


Mario Sánchez Borges, MD, Centro Médico Docente – La Trinidad; Clínica El Avila, Venezuela
Peter W. Hellings, MD, PhD, KU Leuven and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Fungal Interference in Severe Asthma
David B. Corry, MD
Baylor College of Medicine, United States


TSLP and IL-33 Basic Immunology/Biology in Severe Asthma
Steven F. Ziegler, PhD
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, United States



Steroids and Vitamin D in Severe Asthma
Catherine M. Hawrylowicz, PhD
Guy's Hospital, King's College, United Kingdom


This World Allergy Forum symposium is an initiative of the WAO Collaboration on Severe Asthma (COSA). Learn more about COSA publications and education activities at:

For support through independent education grants, WAO thanks Teva Pharmaceuticals, founding supporter, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Centers of Excellence: Call for Applications

WAO is now accepting applications to be recognized as a WAO Center of Excellence. Please visit the WAO Centers of Excellence website to learn more about WAO Centers of Excellence, or to find a center near you.

For additional details on how to become a WAO Center of Excellence and to apply, please visit the Application Page. The deadline to apply is 30 September 2017.

New WAO Online Learning Module

Which patients might respond to bronchial thermoplasty as an option for difficult-to-treat severe asthma? What is the long-term outlook? What are the complications?

Learn more in this new cased-based learning module from Dr. Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr., Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science, Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine & Science, Rutgers University.

Learning Objectives: Understand the clinical complexities of severe asthma, the treatment paradigms for severe asthma, and the role of bronchial therapy in the management of severe asthma.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization. The AAAAI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this internet enduring material for a maximum number of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Acknowledgement: WAO thanks Boston Scientific for support through an independent education grant.

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Editors' Choice Literature Review

Editors Choice

Obstructive sleep apnea accelerates FEV1 decline in asthmatic patients


Junior Members

Junior Members

Activities and resources


New Education Resources

New Education Resources

A Case of Chronic Headache and Facial Pain

New Interactive Case Report!

What's New in Severe Asthma Research

What Is New in Sever Asthma Research

Inflammatory and comorbid features of patients with severe asthma and frequent exacerbations


WAO Journal

WAO Journal



Recent Articles

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