Fall 2016 eNews
Center Team at Fall 2016 Staff Retreat

Dear Friend,

The Center continues to make amazing strides in allergy and asthma research, thanks to our dedicated staff and our clinical trial participants and their families.

United in our common goals of finding the cause and cure for allergies and asthma, each of us has found our own way of supporting research in this field. Marté Matthews has lived with food sensitivities since childhood and is now Consulting Family Therapist at the Center  —  helping families cope with issues surrounding food allergies. Kim Hall and her partner Elise Bates — both mothers of children with food allergies — launched a nonprofit organization, End Allergies Together (E•A•T), to fund food allergy research. Serene Lim is grateful that her twin teens are enrolled in separate food allergy trials at the Center. Read about these individual food allergy journeys and how each woman has found a way to do their part for food allergy research.

In this issue we also discuss the differences between wheat hypersensitivities — such as celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac wheat sensitivity — important distinctions that impact many children and adults in our community.

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.

Inspired to End Allergies Together

Driven to find a cure for their children's food allergies, Kim Hall and Elise Bates started End Allergies Together (E•A•T) in 2015, a nonprofit organization solely dedicated to accelerating new treatments and solutions through funding food allergy research. Kim Hall discusses her family's experiences dealing with her daughter's life-threatening food allergies, the mission and vision of E•A•T, and her hopes of eventually finding a cure. Read article.

Wheat hypersensitivities

Celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac wheat sensitivity are different diseases associated with wheat consumption. Wheat allergy and celiac disease are both immune disorders; however, celiac disease differs from wheat allergy in that it is an autoimmune disorder. Learn more about about the differences between these three wheat hypersensitivities. Read article.

Food allergies impact the whole family

Serene, the mother of twin teenage boys with food allergies, talks about the daily challenges they encounter. Traveling, attending social events, and eating out, all require meticulous planning. Her sons, Matthew​ and Joshua, have now gone through clinical trials at the Center and they also share their experiences participating in a clinical trial and dealing with food allergies. Read article.

In Conversation: Marté Matthews, Consulting Family Therapist

Marté Matthews is the Consulting Family Therapist at the Center. Marté discusses her background, her thoughts on the psychological impact of food allergies on participants and families, and her role as a therapist in assisting with emotional issues surrounding food allergies. Read article.
Dr. Katie Allen
On November 9, 2016 our Center was honored to host a talk by Dr. Katrina Allen, a global leader in allergy research visiting from Australia. For community members who were unable to attend, read highlights from her talk "The Rise in Food Allergy — Why is it Happening and can we Prevent it?" here

Research Advancements

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

Clinical Trials

Visit for up-to-date information on clinical trials being conducted locally and around the country. Our Center is participating in the following two clinical trials for peanut allergic individuals.  
Our Center may also be participating in a clinical trial for house dust mite allergic individuals.
If you are interested in learning more about a specific trial or being screened for a trial at our Center, please email us at
© 2016 This newsletter is sent on behalf of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.

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