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Medical News and Perspectives
November 10, 2010

Researchers Look to Genetic Analyses for New Options in Treating Food Allergy

JAMA. 2010;304(18):2001. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1605

With an infusion of almost $30 million in new federal funds, a network of clinicians and basic scientists hopes to unravel more of the knotty threads that for years have tied researchers' hands in the search for effective ways to prevent and treat food allergies.

New funding announced earlier this year, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), will enable the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) to embark on new studies on the genetics of food allergy and related conditions known as eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases. Since the NIAID and NIDDK established CoFAR in 2005, the consortium has launched an observational study and 3 clinical trials examining aspects of peanut, egg, and milk allergies.

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