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Monday, March 5, 2012
ORLANDO – A. Wesley Burks, MD, FAAAAI, the Curnen Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, was officially installed today as President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) during its 2012 Annual Meeting.
The AAAAI is the largest professional medical organization in the United States devoted to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.
Dr. Burks graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burks subsequently completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Burks’ research interests are in the allergic diseases, particularly adverse reactions to foods. His work has centered on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions and the development of treatment for food allergy in animal models and in clinical studies. He and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal and recombinant food proteins for immunotherapy.
Dr. Burks has been published in many distinguished journals and has authored or coauthored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts. In addition, he serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.
The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has nearly 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and 60 other countries. The AAAAI’s Find an Allergist/Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.