Food Allergy Center

The University of Michigan Food Allergy Center (FAC) delivers the highest quality care and most comprehensive clinical services available for food allergy patients and their families. 

Our board-certified allergists conduct expert evaluation, testing and diagnosis at U-M’s specialized food allergy clinic and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital facilities in Ann Arbor. As a patient, you'll receive an individualized care plan that meets your specific health needs. This involves collaboration with referring doctors and specialists, as well as consultations with our food allergy nurse  and/or a social worker or registered dietitian. 

The University of Michigan Food Allergy Center delivers not only the highest quality of care and comprehensive clinical services, but has now also established a Food Allergy Center focused on basic research.

Currently, most therapies for food allergies only control the symptoms after an allergic reaction occurs and do little to address the underlying abnormal immune responses which cause allergy.  Research scientists at the Food Allergy Center have started to test whether immunizing against food proteins with a nanoemulsion vaccine will re-direct the immune system away from a hypersensitive allergic response, and toward a more moderate, non-life-threatening response such as in egg and peanut allergy.

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Meet Cate, a girl whose life-threatening food allergies affect her choices every day. As food allergies increase at an alarming rate, the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan is ramping up research to find answers for thousands of families.

If successful, these studies could demonstrate that nanoemulsion-based vaccines can be used to modulate severe food allergy responses and thus would greatly reduce the life-threatening risks that are currently associated with food allergies.

The hope is that children and adults will lead better, more normal lives – now and in the future.

The FAC also provides free education and training to help families, caregivers and communities manage food allergy more successfully, keeping patients safer and healthier. 

Finally, doctors at the FAC engage in research aimed at improving patients’ quality of life and, ultimately, finding a cure for the millions who suffer from food allergy.

FAC Mission: To provide comprehensive food-allergy-related patient care and expand food allergy education, research and community services for this patient population.

Click here to learn how you can support our mission and contribute to the U-M  Food Allergy Center.