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Summer 2015 

Dear Friend,

The 5th annual Summer Scamper 5k, 10k, and kids' fun run is less than two weeks away—kick off your summer by registering to walk or run with our Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University Team on June 21! As summer approaches, this eNews edition arms you with helpful safety tips for flying with food allergies. You'll also learn about a mysterious allergic disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, hear from Sean Parker about his hopes for the future of allergy research, and read about five families (including actor Steve Carell's) who have completed a trial at our Center, making a tremendous impact on food allergy research along the way. 


Carell Family

It Takes a Village
As Annie started in a clinical trial at Stanford, the Carells’ hopes were modest. “Our dream was that she could come out of an accidental exposure to dairy without serious consequences,” notes Nancy. “We weren’t thinking, ‘I hope she can eat pizza.’ We were thinking, ‘Maybe now she can hold hands with somebody who just ate pizza.’”
Read article.

Sean Parker

Sean Parker
"I believe we are relatively close to a point where all allergies can be cured, and that’s why I’m committed to supporting Dr. Nadeau and her research through a catalytic grant to conduct trials at levels capable of moving the entire field forward." Read interview.

EoE: An Emerging Disease

EoE Patient

Virtually unknown even 15 years ago, a mysterious disease known as Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is increasing in prevalence. In patients with EoE, eosinophils are inexplicably found in elevated levels in the esophagus causing inflammation, often in response to one or more of the 8 foods responsible for 90% of food allergies in the United States. Read article.

Allergy Research Update

Recent Publications
  • Stanford study and follow-up letter to the editor suggests that food oral immunotherapy (OIT) is associated with cellular changes to important immune cells such as T cells. 
  • Study finds peanut sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) to be safe and effective in reducing severity of reactions to peanut in a minority of patients. Read abstract.
  • OIT appears more effective than SLIT for treatment of peanut allergy, but is associated with higher adverse reactions. Read abstract.
  • Suppression of the immunologic response to peanut during short-term immunotherapy is often transient. Read abstract.
  • Blood DNA methylation biomarkers predict clinical reactivity in food-sensitized infants. Read abstract.
  • Study finds that patients with asthma are less likely to reach full desensitization during milk oral immunotherapy. Read abstract.
  • Population-based study develops thresholds for skin prick test and specific IgE levels for ages 1 and 4 that have a 95% positive predictive value for persistence or resolution of peanut allergy. Read abstract.

Upcoming Events

Summer Scamper
Join our Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research Team at the 5th Annual Summer Scamper on June 21. Register to walk or run in support of a cure, or make an online gift to the Team! 

Adult Peanut Trial Presentation
Are you an adult with a peanut allergy? Stanford is seeking volunteers ages 18-55 to participate in an NIH-funded adult oral immunotherapy peanut study. Register here to attend a presentation on this trial on June 17. 

Center Allergy Talk
Mark your calendars for an engaging talk about allergies led by the Center's new Clinical Director Dr. Efren Rael. This event will be held on September 24 from 7:30 to 9:00pm at the Lucile Packard Auditorium. Registration details to come. 

Safety Tips

Traveling with Food Allergies 
Travel plans for food allergic individuals can be particularly daunting. Read valuable safety tips for flying with food allergies, shared by contributor Lianne Mandelbaum.


In Gratitude 

On May 15, the Lucile Packard Foundation held a celebratory event thanking Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University patrons for their philanthropic support in establishing the Center. This event was attended by over 140 guests and was introduced by the Stanford School of Medicine's Dean Minor. Find out more about this event.



Pictured: Josh, Laura, Gary and
Eliana Lauder

In the News


Millions in the U.S. Impacted by Food Allergies, But a Cure May Be On The Horizon

Dealing with the Allergy Crisis

Forum with Michael Krasny: Study Exposing Infants to Peanuts May Prevent Peanut Allergies

Encouraging News for Food Allergy Sufferers

ABC 7 
Stanford Allergy Program Changes Lives

City Visions: Can We Effectively Treat Deadly Food Allergies?

Mountain View Voice
A Nut a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

New York Times
Napster Co-Founder to Invest in Allergy Research

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