Food Allergy Research & Education’s First National Food Allergy Conference Brings Together Top Experts and Offers Weekend of Learning to Live Well With Food Allergies

Leading food allergy experts, bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld and pro football player Adrian Peterson join FARE for multi-day conference

McLean, Va. (June 11, 2014) – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is proud to be hosting its first FARE National Food Allergy Conference next week in Rosemont, Ill., where members of the growing food allergy community will learn from the world-class experts and panelists that FARE has assembled for this multi-day educational event. Speakers at this year’s conference include some of the nation’s top food allergy researchers, community advocates, bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld, pro football player and Mylan Specialty spokesperson Adrian Peterson and dozens of other experts. FARE is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies.

The FARE National Food Allergy Conference, which will be held June 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, will feature more than 40 educational and experiential sessions on topics including practical food allergy management at home, school, work and while traveling; managing anxiety surrounding food allergies and anaphylaxis; the latest research findings and what is on the horizon for food allergy research; understanding the science of food allergies; a workshop on Section 504 plans; and more. Sittenfeld, who is also a food allergy parent and advocate, will deliver the keynote address, “Finding Your Food Allergy Voice,” on June 21.

“I'm thrilled to participate in this conference,” Sittenfeld said. “I really look forward to sharing some of the lessons I've learned as the parent of a child with food allergies and also to learning myself from the amazing line-up of speakers and participants.”

Peterson, a 2012 MVP, will speak on Saturday afternoon and participate in a special question-and-answer session with teens in attendance at the conference. He was diagnosed with food allergies as an adult and is a running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

Food allergies are life-altering and potentially life-threatening, requiring constant vigilance to avoid serious reactions. The FARE National Food Allergy Conference provides critical education, resources and support for the growing number of people affected by food allergies. In children alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported a staggering 50 percent increase in the disease between 1997 and 2011.

“With 15 million Americans living with food allergies, there are 15 million reasons to get educated. Our conference this year is offering an unparalleled program designed to help individuals and families effectively manage food allergies at any stage of their journey,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “We are pleased to welcome a remarkable group of experts, advocate and role models who are lending their time, knowledge and insights as speakers at the conference to help benefit the food allergy community.”

The FARE National Food Allergy Conference is the first national patient conference of its kind.  The conference has four tracks – beginner, intermediate, advanced and a teen track – so there are educational sessions for everyone -- whether someone has been recently diagnosed with food allergies or is a veteran of food allergy management. A full conference schedule is available at The conference schedule can be bookmarked on mobile phones and sessions can be synched to phones and calendars.

The conference is open to individuals and families managing food allergies, caregivers, school staff, healthcare professionals and others interested in advances in food allergy research and advocacy, best practices and practical skills for living well with food allergies, and much more. A full line-up of sessions tailored for children ages 11 and up is planned. Included in the line-up of speakers are members of FARE’s Medical Advisory Board, Education Working Group and FARE Support Group Executive Council.

The presenting sponsor of the FARE National Food Allergy Conference is Mylan Specialty L.P.

To register for the FARE National Food Allergy Conference, please visit


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit and find us on Twitter@FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

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