Food allergy group in research effort

by Josh Sosland
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FAIRFAX, VA. — The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has committed $1.12 million in new research funds to the development of food allergy vaccines and therapies as well as studies of anaphylaxis. The commitment is the largest since F.A.A.N. launched its research grant program in 2004 to study the epidemiology, etiology, treatment and prevention of food allergy and anaphylaxis. Grants, typically ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, have gone to scientists at leading research institutions around the nation. Examples cited by F.A.A.N. include funding to Carlos Camargo at Massachusetts General Hospital, who is studying the association between vitamin D and the development of food allergy among children. Dr. Camargo has drawn a link between low sunlight exposure and increased risk of anaphylaxis.

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