Food Allergy Center

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Food allergy affects nearly 6 million children in the United States and nearly 7 percent of patients cared for at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Our Food Allergy Center has already established itself as one of the leading programs in the country, and the only center with national expertise in all four types of allergic reactions to foods. It also received designation as a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence.

This Frontier program seeks to significantly grow the clinical program; develop new, novel diagnostic testing; and test novel therapies, with the ultimate goal of curing some types of food allergy. One of the ways they accomplish this is through clinical trials that test new desensitization approaches to build the body's tolerance to certain foods associated with allergies. The Food Allergy Center team also is currently engaged in research to identify biomarkers that provide evidence of a food reaction.

Here are some highlights of the Food Allergy Center's research efforts:

  • Participate in individual and multi-center trials evaluating different methods of desensitization to food allergens, including oral, epicutaneous immunotherapy as well as adjunctive medications
  • Investigations into the role of T-cells in Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Evaluating anaphylaxis and markers for severity of reactions.

The Food Allergy Center received Frontier status in Fiscal Year 2019.