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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is a unique year for the World Allergy Organization as we undertake two symposia with specific topics given local geographic context. The symposium in Rome on the topic of “Pediatric Allergy & Regulatory Aspects” was a great success and in just one week our second symposium, “Mite Allergy: From Basics to Clinical Applications” will begin in Cartagena, Colombia. >>Read More...

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WAO Meetings

WAO Symposium:
Dust Mites: From Basics to Clinical Applications

One Week Left!
6-9 September 2017
Cartagena, Colombia

Register Today!

Meet Your WAO Leaders - Ortega Martell

Meet Your WAO Leaders

José Antonio Ortega Martell
Board Member, World Allergy Organization
Professor of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine
Autonomous University of Hidalgo State
Pachuca, Hildalgo, Mexico
Member Societies:
Mexican College of Pediatricians Specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CoMPEDIA)
Mexican College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CMICA)

What inspired you to become involved in WAO?

I had the opportunity to participate in the organizing of the XVI International Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (ICACI) in 1997 and afterwards in the XXII World Allergy Congress (WAC) both held in Cancún, México, first as local organizer and after as President of the Mexican College of Pediatricians Specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CoMPEDIA). These events gave me the opportunity to learn more about the World Allergy Organization and its educational outreach programs around the globe. 

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

In México, both of the national allergy and clinical immunology societies, CoMPEDIA and CMICA, work together in educational programs, symposia, national meetings and lectureships provided to any health care provider interested in the fields of allergy and clinical immunology, as well as to patients, families and the general population affected by these diseases. 

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

I am especially interested in the pathophysiology of allergic diseases, as well as other clinical immunology ailments as primary immunodeficiencies and autoimmune disorders. 

Recent publications:

Larenas-Linneman D, Sala-Hernández J, Vásquez-García JC et al. Mexican Asthma Guidelines: GUIMA 2017. Rev Alerg Mex 2017; 64 Suppl 1:s11-s128. Abstract

Larenas-Linneman D, Sánchez-Borges M, Del Río-Navarro BE et al. Antihistamines for the treatment of urticaria in Mexico. Rev Alerg Mex 2015; 62(3):157-74. Abstract

What's New

Online Learning in Allergy/Immunology

The World Allergy Organization’s online education library includes programs for on-going learning for allergists and other medical practitioners interested in the care of the allergic patient. Here is a brief list to explore.

Case-based online learning modules:

Online lectures:

The Agony of Hives: What To Do When Welts and Swelling Do Not Go Away
Pollen Allergies in a Changing Global Climate
Urticaria (with CME)
Comorbidities of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis

Recorded symposia:

Severe Asthma: Advancing the Art of Control (WAO and Medscape partnership)CME through 2017
Severe Asthma - New Insights
Recent Understanding for New Mechanisms of Allergy and Airway Inflammation

Registration required, access free

New Severe Asthma Resources


Therapeutic interventions in severe asthma  Read Article

Eosinophilic bioactivities in severe asthma   Read Article

Small airways disease and severe asthma   Read Article

In Press

Severe asthma and quality of life

Psychosocial, behavioral and lifestyle risk factors in pediatric asthma, a review

Upcoming Special Session on Asthma

7 September 2017
Cartagena, Colombia
WAO Symposium & Congress of the Colombian Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Presentation Titles and Speakers:

Genetics of Asthma
Kathleen Barnes, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University

Asthma: Biomarkers and Phenotypes
Lanny J Rosenwasser, MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Medicine

Biologics in Severe Asthma: From Basics to Personalized Medicine
Carlos Serrano, MD, Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia

WAO thanks Teva Pharmaceuticals, founding supporter, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, for unrestricted educational grants.

World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, 31 August

Participate in WAC 2018, the AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress, in Orlando, Florida U.S.A. by submitting an abstract or case report. The deadline to submit an abstract, case report, or to apply for a travel grant is this Thursday, 31 August!

Please visit the Meeting Website for details

Editors' Choice Literature Review

Editors Choice

Computational analysis of multimorbidity between asthma, eczema and rhinitis


Junior Members

Junior Members

Activities and resources


New Education Resources

New Education Resources

WAO TV – Dust Mite Ingestion: Pancake allergy, with Mario Sánchez Borges, MD 


View all topics available at WAO TV

What's New in Severe Asthma Research

What Is New in Sever Asthma Research

Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma


WAO Journal

WAO Journal



Recent Articles

Small airways disease and severe asthma    Read

Innate function of house dust mite allergens: robust enzymatic degradation of extracellular matrix at elevated pH    Read

Allergic profiles of mothers and fathers in the Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS): a nationwide birth cohort study   Read

A partially hydrolyzed 100% whey formula and the risk of allergy: an updated meta-analysis   Read

Is peanut causing food allergy in Cuba? Preliminary assessment of allergic sensitization and IgE specificity profile to peanut allergens in Cuban allergy patients    Read

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2016, Abstracts Supplement    Read

Randomised controlled trial of a baked egg intervention in young children allergic to raw egg but not baked egg    Read

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology: clinical implications    Read

World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) is the official journal of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), whose membership consists of 97 professional allergy, asthma and immunology from societies around the world. It is an open access, peer-reviewed global journal published by BioMed Central.

World Allergy Organization Journal publishes original research, clinical reviews, position papers, and epidemiological studies that contribute to current knowledge in patient care. The new Debates in Allergy Medicine series contributes the hottest current topics in allergy. The Journal aims to publish works with specific clinical relevance and practical measures that are critical for the practice of allergy anywhere in the world, to highlight the global impact of the allergy burden. The Journal provides a vehicle to highlight newer approaches for the evaluation of disease outcomes and concerning treatments and interventions.

World Allergy Organization Journal is interested in reviews and original research papers on:

Drug allergy
Drug allergy in the era of biologics
Omic sciences in allergy
Ethics of publication in allergy

All articles published by World Allergy Organization Journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers at

Other benefits of publishing in World Allergy Organization Journal include:

  • International exposure
  • Rapid publication
  • Blinded peer review process
  • Open access

All articles published in World Allergy Organization Journal are included in: CAS, DOAJ, Embase, Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed, PubMed Central, SCImago, and ​Scopus.

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation.

Send your manuscript to the editors at or submit online at

For more information, visit the journal website 

Submission guidelines are available at:


Alessandro Fiocchi, MD and Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
The Editors-in-Chief


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