The World Allergy Organization (WAO) honored Thomas Casale, M.D., professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology and chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Creighton University School of Medicine, with a WAO Special Recognition Award at its annual World Allergy and Asthma Congress in June. The WAO, an international federation of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies, recognized Casale for his, "outstanding contributions in the field of allergy and immunology toward wider recognition of allergy and related diseases as global health issues."
Casale has been an active member of the WAO throughout his career, serving as head of its 60th anniversary Congress in 2011 as well as on the organization?s board of directors and editorial board. He has co-authored several WAO publications.
He has also been very active in the development of educational programs in allergy and immunology, having published over 300 scientific papers, directed more than fifty continuing medical education programs for local and national meetings and served on planning committees for five World Asthma Meetings.
"The prevalence of both asthma and allergic diseases are increasing with over eight percent, or 25 million, Americans suffering from asthma and 20 to 40 percent of the population having an allergic disease," says Casale. "Despite our increased knowledge about these diseases, their adverse effects continue to negatively impact many people's lives. This has served as an impetus for me to better understand these disorders and to share this understanding with other health care providers and patients in order to promote optimal patient care."
WAO presented Casale with the award at a combined congress with the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Milan, Italy, with 7750 participants in attendance and more than 2100 abstracts presented.