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Application Process

Criteria for World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence (WCOE) selection and renewal

A WAO Center of Excellence is identified as a multidisciplinary group, based in an academic institution, encompassing three or more subspecialties with the following components:

  • The WCOE should have a clear mission in line with WAO’s mission to advance allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology as a multidisciplinary field. These criteria should be supported by:
    • Documents supporting the existence of graduate programs, including the number of academics and students.
    • At least 10 peer-reviewed publications during the last three (3) years in the field of allergy and immunology.  
  • The WCOE should have a well-established organization with good governance, infrastructure, and recognized mentors in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology. These criteria should be supported by:
    • CVs of at least 10 mentors directly linked to the proposed WCOE.
    • A detailed description of the facilities of the proposed WCOE.
    • A letter of support of a WAO member that should mention the signer knows the infrastructure.
  • The WCOE should have a well-established research department and have published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
    • At least 10 peer-reviewed publications during the last three (3) years in the field of allergy and immunology. 
  • The WCOE should have a diverse faculty representing three or more clinical specialties who form the executive or selection committee locally.
    • Official document of integrating the executive committee with names and specialty of members.
  • A letter of support from the member society and as needed the Dean’s office or equivalent administrative office. The letters of support should clearly mention that the signers have visited and know the infrastructure.

A WAO Center of Excellence should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Research: Specified areas in basic and clinical research, with goals for multidisciplinary activities.
    • Peer-reviewed publications and documents showing international collaborative research efforts.
  • Clinical Aspects: Should have recognized programs engaged in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and clinical innovation. Should be able to participate in a national, patient registry.
    • Official documents of registered graduate programs.
  • Basic Science Aspects: Should have recognized MSc or PhD programs engaged in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and innovation.
    • Official documents of registered graduate programs.
  • Education and Training: Present a clearly articulated recognized education/training program serving the mission of WAO.
    • Official documents of registered graduate programs.
    • At least 5 graduate students having finished their training the last three years.
  • Networking/Advocacy: Potential advocacy activities (i.e., programming, education) with patients, patient groups, lay community, and government.
    • Documents showing active participation in advocacy and networking during the last three years.

Continuation & Renewal as a WCOE

  • The status as a WCOE will be revised every three years. To keep the status of a WCOE the center must demonstrate the accomplishment of the following requisites:
    • At least 4 peer-reviewed publications related to allergy and immunology during the three years
    • At least 4 graduate students finished their training
    • Having obtained at least one grant for basic or clinical research
    • Having organized or participated in three independent (of WAO) advocacy activities
    • Having organized at least three academic activities (Seminars, short courses, congresses, workshops) related to allergy and immunology
    • Centers should participate in the next Allergy Week organized by WAO, but are not required to have participated in Allergy Week in the past.

Benefits

The benefits of becoming a WAO Centers of Excellence include:

  • Providing scientific support in the development and dissemination of global educational resources
  • Providing mentorship for research and training for WAO Junior Members (societies can be involved in recommending Junior Members)
  • Collaboration opportunities through lectureships and research fellowships with other WCOEs to further education and research
  • Conducting educational programs in collaboration with WAO, including Webinars
  • Collaborating in Primary Care Physician programs of WAO

Applications are now closed.

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