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Winter 2016 
Center Teens

Dear Friend,

The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University recently joined Stanford’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM). In this issue of the newsletter, Dr. Kari Nadeau and Dr. Mark Nicolls discuss what this integration means to both the Center and PCCM.

As many of our food allergy trial participants will attest, allergy and asthma often go hand-in-hand. The article on “The Allergy-Asthma Connection” explores the links between these diseases.

By studying immune mechanisms in twins enrolled at our Center, we have increased our understanding of the role of genetics and the environment in asthma and allergy. In our article on “Twin Patient Testimonials,” we talked with two sets of twins who are participating in clinical trials at the Center.

Please share this issue with family and friends and encourage others to join the efforts of our Center in finding ways to prevent and cure allergies and asthma.

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. Read article.

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. Read article.

Patient Profiles: Twins

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. Read article.

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." Read article.

Upcoming Events

Summer Scamper
Sunday, June 19

Join the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research Team for the Sixth Annual Summer Scamper, a 5k and 10k fun run for kids on the beautiful Stanford campus in Palo Alto, CA.

Join us in our largest community outreach event of the year. Walk or run in support of a cure or make an online gift to the Team! Stay tuned for more information. Registration opens March 1. 

Clinical Trials

Visit for up-to-date information on clinical trials being conducted locally and around the globe. If you are interested in being screened for a trial at our Center please send us an email at


Research Advancements

Read Stanford's latest allergy and asthma research advancements, compiled by Center medical writer Vanitha Sampath.
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