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NIAID announces grants to stimulate food allergy research
Date:6/30/2008

y a drop in blood pressure and difficulty breathing. Approximately 30,000 cases of food-induced anaphylaxis and as many as 150 food anaphylaxis-associated deaths occur in the United States each year. Most of these deaths occur in adolescents and young adults.

The establishment of the Exploratory Investigations in Food Allergy program emphasizes the emergence of food allergy as a significant public health concern and addresses recommendations made by the NIH Expert Panel on Food Allergy Research, held in March 2006 (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAllergy/research/ReportFoodAllergy.htm).

Projects will address key questions aimed at improving treatment and preventing food allergy, including studies to predict which food proteins are likely to cause allergic reactions, the factors that trigger severe responses, and the contribution of other immune disorders to food allergy. Other projects will help define the genetics of human food allergy and the role of interactions between genes and the environment in food allergy pathogenesis.

The 12 investigators supported by the NIAID, FAAN and FAP are as follows:

  • Steven J. Ackerman, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Carine Blanchard, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Talal Amine Chatila, M.D., University California, Los Angeles
  • Fred Douglass Finkelman, M.D., University of Cincinnati
  • Glenn Furuta, M.D. University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • Mitchell H. Grayson, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Lynn Puddington, Ph.D., University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
  • John T. Schroeder, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
  • Sun-Sang J. Sung, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Xiaobin Wang, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago '/>"/>

Contact: NIAID News Office
niaidnews@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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