UNC Food Allergy Initiative named inaugural member of new national research network

The UNC Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is among 22 institutions across the U.S. named inaugural members of the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Clinical Network.

UNC Food Allergy Initiative named inaugural member of new national research network click to enlarge The Food Allergy Initiative researchers develop exact doses of allergens to measure their effect.
UNC Food Allergy Initiative named inaugural member of new national research network click to enlarge Groundbreaking research by the Food Allergy Initiative helps find relief for common childhood food allergies.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has named the UNC Food Allergy Initiative among 22 programs nationwide distinguished as FARE centers of excellence and comprising a new national research collaborative, called the FARE Clinical Network. The network, which aims to accelerate the development of therapies and improve care for patients with food allergies, will receive an initial investment of more than $2 million annually from FARE.

“The FARE Clinical Network has come together at a critical time when we see treatment beyond strict avoidance of the allergen on the not-so-distant horizon,” says Wesley Burks, MD, executive director of the UNC FAI and chair of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The large, multi-center clinical trials this collaboration facilitates will accelerate discovery and bring us closer to the day when we can finally offer therapeutic options to the 15 million Americans with food allergies.”

Under FARE’s leadership and coordination, the FARE Clinical Network will serve as a powerful driver of collaboration to advance the field of food allergy, with member centers contributing to the development of a national food allergy patient registry and biorepositories. Network members will develop best practices for the care of patients with food allergies and also serve as sites for clinical trials in the development of new therapeutics.

The UNC FAI was selected for the FARE Clinical Network through a comprehensive, rigorous application process, meeting a number of key areas, including staff credentials, statements regarding their implementation of state-of-the-art diagnostic and clinical practice guidelines and information about their facilities, operational oversight, training, patient satisfaction surveys, and quality of life data.

“We are grateful to FARE for their recognition of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative’s contributions to this growing field of research,” says Brian Vickery, MD, director of the UNC FAI and an assistant professor of pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill. “FARE’s support of our team will enable us to better serve the many thousands of families in North Carolina and the broader Southeast who struggle with food allergies.”

The UNC FAI and other centers of excellence selected as part of the FARE Clinical Network provide high-quality clinical and sub-specialty food allergy expertise and services, and are focused on applying new evidence-based knowledge to this important field. These centers also meet high standards for clinical care, teaching and clinical research—all central to FARE’s mission of improving the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies and fostering hope in the promise of new treatments.

“We need to push for the development of drugs and other therapies to prevent life-threatening food allergy reactions, while ensuring that children and adults with food allergy receive the best care possible,” says James R. Baker, Jr., MD, CEO and chief medical officer of FARE. “To that end, FARE will direct the Clinical Network centers of excellence across the country to a common goal of ensuring that patients with food allergies have access to state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatments, and research.”

Learn more about the FARE Clinical Network >>

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