Food Allergy Center


The University of Michigan Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC) has been established to investigate novel areas of research to better understand the causes and to help develop new cures for food allergies.  Our Faculty focus on cutting-edge topics to better understand the initiation and progression of Food Allergy, and related diseases, using a bench to bedside approach in their investigations.  Early discoveries will provide novel areas to develop treatments for discovering new therapies for a cure. 

Currently, there are no effective therapies for food allergies.  The approaches that do exist provide only temporary control of symptoms after an allergic reaction occurs. No therapy addresses the underlying abnormal immune responses that cause allergic disease.  A number of novel areas are being investigated by the research performed in the MHWFAC.  For example, research scientists have started to test whether immunizing against food proteins with a nanoemulsion vaccine will re-direct the immune system away from an allergic response with problems like egg or peanut allergy.  If successful, these studies could demonstrate that nanoemulsion-based vaccines can be used to modulate severe food allergies and thus would greatly reduce the life-threatening risks that these allergies cause.  These studies have already received funding from the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Association and the Department of Defense (DoD). 

To read more about the research being done go to the Research page and read about individual projects. 

Suspicious of Food

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

The MHWFAC is also closely aligned with the Allergy Clinics of the University of Michigan Health System to integrate clinical trials and testing into the cutting-edge research performed in the MHWFAC. University of Michigan board-certified allergists conduct expert evaluation, testing, and diagnose patients at U-M’s specialized food allergy clinic facilities in Ann Arbor. These clinics deliver the highest quality of care and the most comprehensive clinical services available for food allergy patients and their families.  As a patient, you'll receive an individualized care plan that addresses your specific health needs. This involves collaboration with referring doctors and specialists, as well as consultations with a food allergy nurse and/or social workers or registered dietitian. To find out more about the food allergy clinical services or to make an appointment go to the Clinical Website

MHWFAC Mission: We desire to improve the lives of food allergic individuals by conducting comprehensive food-allergy-related research that will significantly improve patient care and expand food allergy education, research and community services. 

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