FARE Research Retreat 2018: Human Impacts, Breakthrough Therapies and New Prospects

From left to right: Dr. Drew Bird, Bryan Bunning, Teddy Kider, Gia Rosenblum and Linda Herbert

At the Sixth Annual FARE Research Retreat, held April 13-14, 2018, in McLean, VA, 130 academic scientists, clinical care providers, pharmaceutical industry representatives, government officials and patient advocates came together to discuss progress in food allergy research and identify opportunities to design clinical trials that not only test the effectiveness of new treatments but also reflect and respond to the psychological and social needs of food allergy...

Six Things I Wish People Knew About Food Allergies

Guest post, Mimi Hymel, Teen Advisory Group member

Hello, my name is Mimi Hymel and I am a part of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG). I am allergic to tree nuts and recently outgrew my egg allergy. I know many others who have food allergies as well. It has inspired me to help others in my community with food allergies, and improve their quality of life. For example, I started a Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ initiative at my school, passing out 2,000 PAL-entines to raise awareness. I also share resources and information on social media.

I often run into...

Q&A With Chef Richard Blais

Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard-nominated cookbook author and television personality. Perhaps most recognizable as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars. Blais graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and trained at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli. He resides in San Diego with his wife Jazmin and their two daughters. He is also a food allergy dad. His youngest, Embry, has a peanut and tree nut allergy. Richard will be speaking at FARE’s Chicago Spring...

Q&A With Dr. Erik Wambre, FARE Investigator in Food Allergy

Erik Wambre, PhD, is on the faculty of the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, located in Seattle, WA. He received a 2015 Mid-Career FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Award for his research to understand immune cell responses in peanut allergy. In August 2017, Dr. Wambre’s lab published in Science Translational Medicine the discovery of a specific cell type that is present in allergic individuals and absent in people who don’t have allergies. He will be presenting an update on this work at the 2018 FARE Research Retreat, which will be held...

Q&A With Dr. Duane Wesemann, FARE Investigator in Food Allergy

Duane Wesemann, MD PhD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a principal investigator in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He received a New Investigator in Food Allergy award from FARE in 2015. Dr. Wesemann’s research has advanced our understanding of how interactions between the gut and its population of microbes can impact antibody production. He will be presenting his findings at the 2018 FARE Research Retreat, which will be held April 13-14 in McLean, VA....

Food Allergy Research: Tackling a Complex Problem From Many Angles

As molecular biology research has become more sophisticated and personalized genetic testing has become more popular, some members of the food allergy community have asked us when genetic tests and treatments for food allergy will become available. In particular, food allergy patients and families have expressed hope that advances in gene editing and manipulation can soon lead to a cure.

We anticipate that the latest generation of molecular tools will drive advances in animal studies of food allergy. Researchers across the country, including many that...

Spring Into Action: Michael's Story

Michael learned the value of community at a FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk and quickly became an advocate for the entire food allergy community. Michael shares his story:

It was a windy September day, and my mom had cajoled me into attending a FARE Food Allergy Heroes Walk in Oklahoma City. Then only thirteen, I had always felt painfully isolated because of my allergies, but that morning showed me I wasn’t alone. From the sidelines I saw entire families, mothers pushing babies in strollers, toddlers in their fathers’ arms, teenagers dancing the Macarena...

42 Communities Receive Awards from FARE for Education, Advocacy and Awareness Projects

In 2018, FARE is awarding more than $104,000 for 42 projects through our Community Outreach Award Program. In 25 states and in Mexico, FARE-Recognized Support Group Leaders and FARE Food Allergy Heroes Walk Chair volunteers are spearheading initiatives designed to educate others about the severity of food allergies and raise awareness in their local communities.

Applications for Community Outreach Awards are peer-reviewed by a selection committee and awarded based on community need, achievability of project objectives, demonstration of collaboration, anticipated community impact and benefit,...

This Blog Post May Contain: Food for Thought About Precautionary Allergen Labeling

If you’re managing food allergies, you’ve probably encountered precautionary allergen labeling. After you’ve carefully read the ingredients list and any “Contains” statement, you might also find suggestions that other ingredients – allergens – are hiding in the package:

“May contain…”

“May contain traces of…”

“Manufactured in a facility that processes…”

“Made on shared equipment with…”

What do these warnings mean? Do the different wordings represent different amounts of possible allergen, or different likelihoods of allergen cross-contact? Is a...

Spring Into Action: Heidi's Story

Heidi is a food allergy mom who became a leader in her workplace and local community, recruiting 100 of her co-workers to join FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk in Baltimore! Heidi shares her story:

When my daughter experienced anaphylaxis to peanuts for the first time at 18 months, I remember feeling very helpless and afraid. Our entire world changed so much in just one day! A friend recommended Dr. Robert Wood's book Food Allergies for Dummies to me and I read it within the span of a week. I saw that Dr. Wood was going to be speaking at a FARE conference...

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