WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2014) welcomed allergy and asthma professionals to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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WISC 2014 focused on unmet needs and future directions in allergy and clinical immunology medicine

It allowed clinical and scientific experts to present on a wide range of topics that reflect the clinical challenges we are facing from increased allergic disease....

Note to media: More information about the conference is available at: http://www.worldallergy.org/wisc2014

From 6-9 December 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, 2313 participants from 63 countries came together for the 3rd World Allergy Organization (WAO) International Scientific Conference (WISC 2014) and the XLI Annual Congress of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI).

Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser, President of the World Allergy Organization, said, “On behalf of WAO, I want to thank the 163 speakers who took the time and effort to attend the conference and stimulate meaningful dialog and discussion throughout the program. Our appreciation also goes to our sponsors for their generous support which makes a conference of this magnitude possible, and our heartfelt thanks go to the delegates and the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.”

Highlights from the Conference included:

  • Opening Ceremony with guest speaker Carlos Enaldo de Araujo Pacheco, Counselor of Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Rio de Janeiro (CREMERJ)
  • 3 Keynote Lectures by Lanny Rosenwasser, Jorge Kalil, and John Cambier
  • 6 Plenary Sessions including:

     o Immunotherapy and Immunological Aspects of Allergic Disease
     o Clinical Aspects of Sublingual Immunotherapy and Subcutaneous Immunotherapy
     o Innate Immunity in Allergy: Sentinel role of the Epithelium and Microbiome
     o Biologics and Novel Treatments for Allergic Disease
     o The Evolving World of Food Allergy
     o Food Allergy 2014 and into the Future

  • 27 Symposia
  • 23 Postgraduate Sessions
  • 12 Junior Member Practical Courses
  • 27 travel grant awards to WAO Junior Members
  • 348 abstracts displayed in Poster Sessions; 25 of those received an Outstanding Abstract Award. The award winners were:

Gabriela Andrade C. Dias
Eduardo Costa F. Silva
Jane Da Silva
Roxana Samalea Diaz
Peter Friedrich Eberle
Cibele Marina Gaido
Pedro Giavina-Bianchi
Anete Grumach
Tanja Grzetic-Romcevic
Erika Jensen-Jarolim
Smita Joshi
Laila Karra
Desiree Larenas Linneman
Arelis Mas Quintero
Andrea Mikkelsen
Akio Mori
Beni Morgenstern
Kumiko Morita
Priscila Palhas
Nathalia Pessa Simis
Wendy Ramirez Gonzalez
Carmen Rondon
Regina Maria Selb
Keity Souza Santos
Hoang Kim Tu Trinh

The theme of the conference was: Advancing the borders of allergy: From treatment to prevention by targeting the environment, infections, and the susceptible patient. “The WISC 2014 program was outstanding.” Dr. Rosenwasser said, “It allowed clinical and scientific experts to present on a wide range of topics that reflect the clinical challenges we are facing from increased allergic disease, and also the new ways to address it through integrated diagnostic, management, and prevention approaches. This kind of information exchange is needed to help expand the knowledge and practice of allergy.”

About the World Allergy Organization
The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international alliance of 95 regional and national allergy, asthma, and immunology societies. Through collaboration with its Member Societies WAO provides a wide range of educational and outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to allergists/immunologists around the world and conducts initiatives related to clinical practice, service provision, and physical training in order to better understand and address the challenges facing allergists/immunologists worldwide. (http://www.worldallergy.org)

About the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology                                                 
The Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI) is devoted to improving treatment for allergic disease and promoting the understanding of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. For over 60 years, the ASBAI has been an active advocate and leader in the field of allergy study. (http://www.sbai.org.br)

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