Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

Dr. Kari Nadeau's journey in establishing the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University was born out of her unwavering dedication to improving the lives of individuals affected by allergies and asthma. Fueled by her extensive medical research, clinical practice, and accomplishments in the biotech industry, Dr. Nadeau recognized the need for a specialized center that would bring together experts from various disciplines to tackle the complex web of asthma and allergy research.

With a visionary mindset and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, she mobilized a team of specialists spanning diverse fields such as allergy, asthma, immunology, pediatric and adult medicine, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, and more. Through her leadership and passion, the center became a hub for groundbreaking research studies, attracting renowned researchers and forging collaborations with institutions worldwide. Dr. Nadeau's efforts to advance our understanding of allergies and asthma have paved the way for innovative approaches in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, leaving an indelible impact on the field and the lives of countless individuals.

Leading Climate Health at Harvard

Dr. Nadeau begins an exciting new chapter as the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as of January 2023. With her extensive expertise in environmental health, she assumes this esteemed position and becomes a distinguished member of the Harvard Chan faculty. Holding the title of the John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies, she will contribute her knowledge to the critical field of climate health, furthering our understanding of the interplay between climate factors and population well-being.

In her research, Dr. Nadeau investigates the impact of environmental exposures on immunity and disease, particularly in relation to asthma, severe allergies, and immune disorders. She examines the molecular and systems biology responses to air pollution in vulnerable populations, including children and wildfire fighters, as well as in underserved communities. Dr. Nadeau's commitment to safeguarding children's health is evident through her appointment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. Her laboratory also engages in implementation science to monitor health outcomes and biomarkers following mitigation and adaptation to climate change events.

Dr. Kari Nadeau and Sean N. Parker, February 24, 2016, CPMC Chanel Gala, San Francisco