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Expanding Access to the Underserved
The burden of asthma and allergy disproportionately affects those at a lower economic status deepening existing inequities. Although ethnicity and genetics explain some of the differences in asthma and allergy prevalence and severity among populations, socioeconomic factors seem to explain most of these differences. Through generous contributions from those who share our vision, the Center has been able to initiate and implement a number of programs for the underserved.
In Conversation: Dr. Sayantani (Tina) Sindher and Tips on Antihistamine Use
We welcome Dr. Tina Sindher to the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University. She joined our team in January 2017 and is very excited about expanding her clinical research in food allergies at the Center. She also has important advice to share regarding antihistamine use in patients with food allergies.
Celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac wheat sensitivity are different diseases associated with wheat consumption. Wheat allergy and celiac disease are both immune disorders; however, celiac disease differs from wheat allergy in that it is an autoimmune disorder. Learn more about about the differences between these three wheat hypersensitivities.
In Conversation: Marté Matthews, Consulting Family Therapist
Marté discusses her background, her thoughts on the psychological impact of food allergies on participants and families, and her role as a therapist in assisting with emotional issues surrounding food allergies.
Inspired to End Allergies Together
Driven to find a cure for their children's food allergies, Kim Hall and Elise Bates started End Allergies Together (E•A•T) in 2015, a nonprofit organization solely dedicated to accelerating new treatments and solutions through funding food allergy research. Kim Hall discusses her family's experiences dealing with her daughter's life-threatening food allergies, the mission and vision of E•A•T, and her hopes of eventually finding a cure.
Is OIT Ready for Private Practice? — Three Perspectives
Oral immunotherapy is currently being evaluated in clinical trials at the Center as a promising treatment for desensitization of individuals with food allergies. Christine Patel, a parent of a child with food allergies, spoke with three San Francisco Bay Area allergists to get their perspectives on this promising new therapy.
In Conversation: Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah
Dr. Chinthrajah is Director of the Clinical Translational Research Unit at the Center and oversees all clinical trials, sees patients, teaches fellows, and is an investigator on a number of clinical trials at the Center.
In Conversation: Andrew Long, PharmD
As the Lead Investigational Drug Pharmacist at the Center, Andrew works hard behind-the-scenes to ensure safe and appropriate use of the drugs used in our innovative treatments. He is excited to be working at the forefront of food allergy research alongside some of the best and brightest researchers in the field of food allergy.
In Conversation: Dr. Kari Nadeau
The Center has made great strides in understanding and treating allergies. Dr. Kari Nadeau, Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, discusses the Center's recent accomplishments, its mission, and her vision for the Center.
In Conversation: Dr. Mark Nicolls
Dr. Mark Nicolls, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), welcomes the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research into the Division. He discusses what this integration means to the Center and to PCCM.
Twins — Double the Hope
Identical twins, Anjali and Anushka, are juniors in high school who have completed the multiple food allergy oral immunotherapy trial with Xolair. Josh and Sam, 6-year-old fraternal twins, are still undergoing therapy for multiple food allergies. Twins assist us with research and enable us to understand the role of genetics and environmental factors in allergies and asthma.
The Allergy-Asthma Connection
Common allergic diseases include atopic dermatitis (eczema), allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergies, and allergic asthma. Interestingly, There is a natural progression of allergic disease from eczema and food allergies to asthma and hay fever. This disease progression is often termed the "Allergic March."
An Intern's Perspective: Bryan Bunning
"As a lab intern, I've had the chance to hear speeches from the world's leading allergy researchers. The Center is world-renowned, having ties to other doctors in Israel, Switzerland, the UK, and all around the United States. As a food-allergic person, it is both amazing and fascinating to hear what research has been done in the field of allergy."
In Collaboration: Dr. Ruchi Gupta
The Center partners with leading allergy researchers from all over the world to advance a cure for allergy and asthma. In this interview, Dr. Gupta discusses her research with the Center, her work with schools, teens and young adults in the allergy community, and more.
In Conversation: Whitney Block, NP
Get to know our clinical research nurse practitioner and Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Center of Excellence lead study coordinator, Whitney Block. Whitney works with participants from all the studies at the Center. She says, "It's fun to work with patients every step of the way—from screening until follow-up!"
Center Named a FARE Clinical Network Center of Excellence
This newly established network aims to accelerate the development of drugs for patients with food allergies, as well as, improve the quality of care for this serious disorder. FARE Clinical Network members will serve as sites for clinical trials for the development of new therapeutics and will develop best practices for the care of patients with food allergies.
When 14-year old Cole began to regularly complain that he was having difficulty swallowing during meals, his mother sensed something was wrong. Foods he never had trouble with before, like steak, were suddenly getting stuck in his throat causing him to gag. 15-year old Lowell’s symptoms came on rapidly at the age of 10. He started to vomit a lot, until the frequency quickly reached at least once a day. “Looking back, the reflux he was diagnosed with at age 2, was most likely related,” says his mother.
On May 15, 2015 at the historic Carolands Chateau, the Lucile Packard Foundation hosted a celebration in honor of Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD and the establishment of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University.
It Takes a Village: Rallying Support to Cure Food Allergies
As Annie started in a clinical trial at Stanford, the Carells’ hopes were modest. “Our dream was that she could come out of an accidental exposure to dairy without serious consequences,” notes Nancy. “We weren’t thinking, ‘I hope she can eat pizza.’ We were thinking, ‘Maybe now she can hold hands with somebody who just ate pizza.’”
A Catalytic Investment in Allergy Research: Q&A with Sean Parker
"I believe we are relatively close to a point where all allergies can be cured, and that’s why I’m committed to supporting Dr. Nadeau and her research through a catalytic grant to conduct trials at levels capable of moving the entire field forward."
In Profile: Stephen Galli, MD, Department Chair, Pathology
Dr. Stephen Galli had been lecturing for many years on allergy and asthma, but it wasn’t until he came across his nut-allergic colleague vomiting and subsequently collapsing in the hall of Stanford’s Pathology Department, that he had his first personal experience with anaphylaxis and the “magic,” as he puts it, of epinephrine.
Sean N. Parker Pledges $24 Million to Launch Allergy Center at Stanford
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker is establishing a new research center at Stanford University School of Medicine in the hope of propelling innovation in allergy research.
Better Blood Tests
When our son Kieran was a baby, my husband and I learned about most of his allergies the scary way. The first time we fed him a nibble of cheese, his face blew up and he began wheezing and gasping for breath and had to be hospitalized.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Extend a $2.25 Million Challenge Grant to Fund Innovative Clinical Food Allergy Research at Stanford
Groundbreaking food allergy research at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has received a major boost through the creation of a challenge grant by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. Severe food allergies are a growing epidemic, with rates having doubled in the last decade. One out of every 13 children is affected, and over 30 percent are thought to have allergies to more than one food.
Asthma Drug Aids Simultaneous Desensitization to Several Food Allergies, Study Finds
An asthma drug accelerates the process of desensitizing patients with food allergies to several foods at the same time, a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford shows.
DNA of Peanut-allergic Kids Changes with Immune Therapy
Treating a peanut allergy with oral immunotherapy changes the DNA of the patient’s immune cells, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The DNA change could serve as the basis for a simple blood test to monitor the long-term effectiveness of the allergy therapy.
In Conversation: Tina Dominguez
One of the closest relationships patients develop when they participate in a clinical trial at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University is with Physician Assistant Tina Dominguez.
Study: Drug Plus Dairy Treats Dangerous Milk Allergy
Pediatrician Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is using small doses of milk to desensitize children who are allergic to dairy products.
New Treatment May Desensitize Kids with Milk Allergies, Say Researchers
In a small clinical study, immunologists and allergists at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Stanford University School of Medicine report effectively desensitizing milk-allergic patients by increasing their exposure to milk in tandem with an allergy drug called omalizumab, allowing children to build up resistance quickly with limited allergic reactions.
Article Index (alphabetical)
- A Catalytic Investment in Allergy Research: Q&A with Sean Parker
- An Intern's Perspective: Bryan Bunning
- Asthma Drug Aids Simultaneous Desensitization to Several Food Allergies, Study Finds
- Better Blood Tests
- Center Named a FARE Clinical Network Center of Excellence
- DNA of Peanut-allergic Kids Changes with Immune Therapy
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Expanding Access to the Underserved
- In Collaboration: Dr. Ruchi Gupta
- In Conversation: Andrew Long, PharmD
- In Conversation: Dr. Kari Nadeau
- In Conversation: Dr. Mark Nicolls
- In Conversation: Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah
- In Conversation: Marté Matthews, MA, MFT
- In Conversation: Sayantani (Tina) Sindher and Her Tips on Antihistamine Use
- In Conversation: Tina Dominguez
- In Conversation: Whitney Block, NP
- In Profile: Stephen Galli, MD, Department Chair, Pathology
- Inspired to End Allergies Together
- Is OIT Ready for Private Practice? — Three Perspectives
- It Takes a Village: Rallying Support to Cure Food Allergies
- Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Extend a $2.25 Million Challenge Grant to Fund Innovative Clinical Food Allergy Research at Stanford
- New Treatment May Desensitize Kids with Milk Allergies, Say Researchers
- Sean N. Parker Pledges $24 Million to Launch Allergy Center at Stanford
- Study: Drug Plus Dairy Treats Dangerous Milk Allergy
- The Allergy-Asthma Connection
- Tips on Traveling with Food Allergies
- Twins — Double the Hope
- Wheat Hypersensitivities
- With Gratitude