Advancing a Cure

Food Allergy Resource Initiative (FARI)

The Food Allergy Resource Initiative (FARI) is a repository of samples that are available for basic food allergy research and studies of new diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies. FARI is funded by FARE and maintained by The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

FARE seeks to advance research that will deepen our scientific understanding of food allergy and lead to the development of effective diagnostic tools and treatments that protect all patients with food allergy against life-threatening reactions. As part of the implementation of our comprehensive strategic plan for research, FARE is committed to providing scientists with the tools needed to achieve these goals. Plans are underway to build a biorepository and other research tools.

The following samples are currently available through FARI:

  • Human serum samples (not DNA) from individuals with food allergies
    • More than 800 participants with allergy (or confirmed tolerance with positive tests)
    • Representing 92 foods
    • Registry includes allergy history, demographic factors
    • Diagnoses based upon oral food challenge and/or convincing clinical history
    • Includes samples with detectable IgE and tolerance confirmed by oral food challenge
    • Repository is IRB-approved and participants have consented to sharing (anonymous)

  • Validated cDNA expression vectors for food allergens
    • 85 food protein vectors from 17 allergenic foods
    • Includes: egg, milk, peanut, soy, crab, lobster, shrimp, salmon, corn, almond, cashew, pistachio, hazelnut, walnut, Brazil nut and sesame

How to Apply

All applications are peer-reviewed. For more information and to obtain an application and instructions, please email Scott Sicherer, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. When your request is approved, samples will be sent to you free of all charges, including shipping.