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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is an honor to serve as President of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), and I look forward to working for our Board of Directors and our member societies during my 2018-2020 term. Many excellent Past Presidents of WAO have led this organization admirably, and I will work to continue these traditions and educational offerings that were handed to me, particularly from my predecessor and friend, Professor Mario Sánchez Borges. >>Read More...

Inside the Issue

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2018
6-9 December 2018
Florence, Italy

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Luciana Kase Tanno, MD, PhD
Division of Allergy
Department of Pulmonology
Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve
University Hospital of Montpellier
Montpellier, France
Member Societies: Brazilian Society of Allergy and Immunopathology (ASBAI), French Society of Allergology

What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
Since my formation in allergy and clinical immunology, I understood the need of reaching quality care of patients through updated knowledge and, scientific and academic activities. Understanding that I could contribute in the formation of new generations of allergists at the national and international levels and advocate for the allergy specialty, I started my involvement in WAO. Together with colleagues from different countries and with the support of the WAO Board, I had the chance of being a founding member of the WAO Junior Members (WAO JM) (2011). As chair of the WAO JM Group (2014-2015), and the SLaai JMs chair (2015), I had the opportunity of developing many academic activities to support quality formation of JMs worldwide. Meanwhile, with the support of the Joint Allergy Academies* and together with Pascal Demoly, I started leading actions for a better representation of our specialty in the World Health Organization (WHO). I am currently serving as a board member of WAO and Senior Advisor of the WAO JM Group, which includes more than 700 members from all WAO regions.

* Joint Allergy Academies: American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), World Allergy Organization (WAO), American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI), Latin American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (SLAAI)

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
I also served as founding co-chair of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI) JMs (2010) and I was responsible for the formation of residents from 2013 to 2015. The actions developed at the WAO and the WHO levels intend to contribute in public health actions for better care of allergic patients worldwide, including Brazil. As an example, we have been proving anaphylaxis epidemiology data in order to reach availability of adrenaline auto-injectors, still missing in Brazil.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
The areas of focus in my work are:
- Anaphylaxis, drug allergies, skin allergies
- Classification of allergic diseases and hypersensitivity
- International disease classifications (ICDs) and other international classifications of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Do you have any recent publications to share?

Anahí Yáñez, MD
Allergy and Respiratory Disease Research Center
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Member Society: Argentine Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC)


What inspired you to become more involved in WAO?
Argentina, like the rest of the world, has an increasing number of patients with allergic diseases. As a member of the WAO Board of Directors, I can put together WAO and its activities at the Argentine Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC) since I am the coordinator of the International Committee.

What would you like to share about the work of your national member society?
My goal is to facilitate the participation of the National Society in educating and spreading information about WAO Programs on Allergic Diseases.

What is one of your current special interests in the field of allergy/immunology?
My work has focused on clinical research in allergy and respiratory medicine; mechanisms of bronchial inflammation in obstructive airways disease; and pharmacologic interventions of severe asthma, nasal polyps, COPD, and allergic rhinitis; and physiopathology and comorbidities in asthma in the elderly.

Do you have any recent publications to share?


Thank you to all who participated in World Allergy Week 2018. Your efforts helped to increase awareness of one of the most common chronic skin diseases, atopic dermatitis/eczema, and the importance of improving quality of life for patients and caregivers.

Many of the WAO Member Societies and other participants sent highlights of their activities to WAO. Find those highlights and general resources at:

Editors' Choice Literature Review

Editors Choice

A randomized trial of itraconazole vs prednisolone in acute-stage allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis complicating asthma  


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New Online Educational Resources

New Online Education Resources

Atopic Dermatitis Webinar from World Allergy Week 2018 Access

Newborn Screening for SCID: Practical Resources Access

View all topics available at WAO TV

WAO Member Society Spotlight

What Is New in Sever Asthma Research

The Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA) updated 7 guidelines in 2017.

Read the series editorial published in Allergology International (IF: 3.194).


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Recent Articles

The importance of allergic disease in public health: an iCAALL statement   Read

The international WAO/EAACI guideline for the management of hereditary angioedema – the 2017 revision and update   Read

High burden of atopy in immigrant families in substandard apartments in Sweden – on the contribution of bad housing to poor health in vulnerable populations   Read

Extended IgE profile based on an allergen macroarray: a novel tool for precision medicine in allergy diagnosis   Read

Smoking, environmental tobacco smoke and occupational irritants increase the risk of chronic rhinitis   Read

Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome: A review of the new guidelines   Read

Vespa crabro immunotherapy versus Vespula-venom immunotherapy in Vespa crabro allergy: A comparison study in field re-stings   Read

The global impact of the DRACMA guidelines on cow’s milk allergy clinical practice   Read

Etiology of chronic urticaria: The Ecuadorian experience   Read

Gender effects in allergology – Secondary publication and update   Read

Gender-related aspects in occupational allergies – Secondary publication and update   Read

Adverse reactions to food: The female dominance – A secondary publication and update   Read

Sex hormone allergy: Clinical aspects, causes and therapeutic strategies – Update and secondary publication   Read

Gender aspects and influence of hormones on bronchial asthma – Secondary publication and update   Read

Gender aspects in allergies of pets – A secondary publication and update   Read

Lactose intolerance and gastrointestinal cow’s milk allergy in infants and children – common misconceptions revisited   Read


World Allergy Organization Journal (WAOJ) is an open access, peer-reviewed global journal published by BioMed Central. It is the official journal of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), whose membership consists of 99 professional allergy, asthma and immunology from societies around the world.

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.

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