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Focusing on Food Allergies at the ACAAI Annual Meeting

Hundreds of allergists, allied health professionals, industry representatives and patient advocates headed to Atlanta Nov. 6-11 for the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (ACAAI). Titled “Faces and Facets of Allergy & Immunology,” the meeting featured presentations by a number of FARE medical advisors and FARE-funded investigators.

Among the highlights:  The Nov. 11 plenary session, “A New Era in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Food Allergies,” focused on the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments that are in development, including oral and sublingual immunotherapy, heat-denatured proteins (baked milk and egg), epicutaneous therapy (the “peanut patch”) and vaccines. Presenters included Drs. A. Wesley Burks (University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill) and Hugh Sampson (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, N.Y.), chairs of FARE’s Research and Medical Advisory Boards, respectively; and Dr. Robert Wood (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore), a FARE Medical Advisory Board member.

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At a poster session on Nov. 9, researchers shared the preliminary results of food allergy studies that have not yet been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Ruchi Gupta, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago), a FARE Medical Advisory Board member, presented data from an international survey of patients’ knowledge of and attitudes toward allergen thresholds (the lowest amount of an allergen in a food product that provokes a food allergy reaction in an individual). As noted in the poster, the survey format was adapted from a FARE survey of U.S. patients, which was conducted at the request of the FDA. FARE receives credit as a co-author and as one of several patient organizations from around the world that provided funding for this project. Finally, attendees visited FARE’s booth in the exhibit hall, where they were able to learn about the many programs and materials available to them and their patients.

ACAAI published several press releases on studies presented at the meeting, along with an infographic on “surprising finds” from these presentations. Studies focusing on food allergy included:

For more information about FARE-funded food allergy research, visit www.foodallergy.org/research.

One thought on “Focusing on Food Allergies at the ACAAI Annual Meeting

  1. I do not believe the statement regarding flu shots being okay for people with egg allergies. I have a severe egg allergy and the last time I had a flu shot my arm swelled up to more than twice its size!

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