In our final post in our series highlighting several of our FARE National Food Allergy Conference speakers, FARE staff interviewed Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah. Dr. Chinthrajah is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Stanford School of Medicine as well as the Associate Director for the FARE Clinical Center of Excellence at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University. As Director of the Clinical Translational Research Unit of the Center, she oversees all clinical trials, sees patients, teaches fellows and is an investigator on many clinical trials in food allergy and asthma. Dr. Chinthrajah will be sharing about participating in a clinical trial at the conference later this week.
Tell us about why you decided to focus on food allergy research.
I decided to focus on food allergy research because there are still so many unanswered questions in the field and there is a critical need to find answers to stem the tide of food allergies. What is the best therapy? Can we intervene at a particular age that will have a long-lasting effect? Are there better tests to confirm food allergy and can we develop a test to tell us about the severity of disease? How do other co-morbid diseases such as eczema or asthma affect food allergies? Is there a distinct immunological signature associated with the answer to some of these questions? The field of Allergy and Immunology is advancing at such a fast pace with new technology that it is exciting to try to answer some of these questions in a thoughtful way.
What are you looking forward to most at FARE National Food Allergy Conference?
The program looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to hearing from my colleagues. I use these opportunities to also talk with families about their personal stories and how food allergies affect different aspects of their lives. It gives me a chance to examine my practice and see if there are certain aspects of care that I can add to or change to improve my patients’ care.
What do you hope attendees will take from your session?
I hope attendees will have a better understanding about the important value of clinical trials and learn how a participant and their family can navigate through a clinical trial experience — the ups and the downs.
One fun fact about me is…that I love Disney movies (probably helps me relate to most of my patients.)
There is still time to register for the FARE National Food Allergy Conference and to hear from Dr. Chinthrajah and our other incredible speakers in person. One day registrations are also available.