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Meet Your WAO Leaders

  Luo Zhang, MD, PhD
  Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  Department of Allergy
  Vice President, Beijing TongRen Hospital
  Director, Beijing Institute of Otolaryngology
  Beijing, China
  President, Chinese Society of Allergology

What inspired you to become more involved in the World Allergy Organization (WAO)?
China has the largest population in the world, with an increasing number of patients with allergic diseases. Chinese healthcare workers in the area need to learn the cutting edge knowledge of allergy. As a member of the WAO Board of Directors, I am able to connect WAO and its activities with the Chinese Society of Allergology.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
In general, the prevalence of allergic disease is increasing with growing social burdens. As the president of the Chinese Society of Allergology, I am uniting doctors from different specialties to provide better healthcare to our patients.

What is one of your special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
My work has focused on the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis; the regulation of airway ciliary activity; mechanisms of specific-allergen immunotherapy of allergic rhinitis; and surgical techniques of endoscopic sinus surgery.

Please provide any recent publications you would like to share.
Diversity of TH cytokine profiles in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis: A multicenter study in Europe, Asia, and Oceania – Article Link
An increased prevalence of self-reported allergic rhinitis in major Chinese cities from 2005 to 2011 – Article Link

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