Childhood and adult food allergies have grown significantly over the last 20 years — more than 8 percent of children and 10 percent of adults now report having a food allergy. Asthma also presents a formidable burden as the leading pediatric illness in the United States, with rates significantly higher in Chicago than the national average.
Scientists from Northwestern and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have been at the forefront of research, care and advocacy to improve these childhood and adult allergic diseases for years. Now, Northwestern has established the new Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, which will provide both investigators and patients more support while uncovering new discoveries from applied and basic science research.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta, professor of pediatrics and medicine in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care and the Division of Allergy and Immunology, will direct the new center, which is part of Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“We really needed a center in the Midwest that specializes in these conditions,” Dr. Gupta said. “We want to not only reduce the daily burden of these diseases but also develop interventions and help inform policy at all levels.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 11