Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center 2020 Research Symposium

"Mechanisms & Treatment of Food Allergy"

Ann Arbor event will showcase innovative approaches to food allergy diagnosis and treatment

Join colleagues and food allergy thought leaders from around the world on the University of Michigan campus in June at an inaugural conference hosted by U-M’s Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC).

The two-day symposium, “Mechanisms and Treatment of Food Allergy,” will feature an array of distinguished speakers and panelists, to explore and discuss the latest in food allergy discovery and translational research.  The conference will take place June 11-12, 2020, at U-M’s North Campus Research Center in Ann Arbor. 

“A remarkable group of scientists, clinicians, regulators, industry representatives and patient advocates will gather to discuss the genesis of this epidemic — and current treatment and diagnostic approaches to manage it,” said James R. Baker, M.D., an allergist and founding director of the center.  “It will be an interactive cross-disciplinary meeting and will truly advance the discourse on this incredibly challenging disease.”

Registration is free of charge.  The event is sponsored by the Michigan Food Allergy Research Accelerator (M-FARA), developed with a five-year, $5 million anonymous gift to the MHWFAC.  Through research grants and other support, M-FARA aims to transform understanding of the mechanisms driving an increase in food allergy rates, and to develop innovative strategies for diagnosing and treating food allergies.

“The symposium will highlight the most recent, most significant discovery, and advance understanding for both clinicians and scientists,” Baker said.  “We expect this robust exchange will lead to new collaborations and partnerships as well as opening up additional avenues of research.”

Program details and the full speaker line-up will be announced in mid-January.