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Expert Panels and Workshops

NIAID supports other activities to improve the lives of those affected by food allergy.

Expert Panels

NIAID convened Expert Panels on Food Allergy Research in 1996, 2003, and 2006 to review current basic and clinical research efforts related to food allergies. The 2006 Expert Panel was required to make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enhance and coordinate research activities concerning food allergies. The key recommendations were

  • To investigate the natural history of food allergy in young children who have risk factors predisposing them to develop food allergy
  • To resolve impediments to clinical trials design and conduct
  • To perform clinical trials using food allergens, given orally or sublingually, to treat existing food allergy
  • To conduct clinical trials to prevent the development of food allergy by giving oral high doses of food allergens to high-risk infants

Read the full Report of the NIH Expert Panel on Food Allergy Research.

Food Allergy Clinical Trial Design Workshop

In response to the recommendations issued by the March 2006 NIH Expert Panel on Food Allergy Research, NIAID and the Food and Drug Administration convened the “Food Allergy Clinical Trial Design” workshop in FY 2008. The complexity and inherent risks of these clinical trials present many difficult questions related to the development, implementation, and oversight of study design and outcome measures. During the workshop, participants discussed these issues as well as possible methods to best satisfy ethical, safety, and regulatory requirements of clinical studies. A summary of the workshop will be published in FY 2009.

Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines

In FY 2007, NIAID, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network convened the “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy” workshop to discuss the potential value of clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with food allergies and diseases related to food allergy, such as atopic dermatitis, asthma, and EE.

In September 2008, NIAID solicited a contract to perform an evidence-based review of the literature on food allergy and establish a Clinical Practice Guidelines and Food Allergy website.

In addition, NIAID held the first meeting of the Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines Coordinating Committee, which was established to oversee the guidelines development process. The Committee members are representatives from professional organizations, advocacy groups, and other federal agencies. The Committee has approved the nominations of the expert panelists to draft the guidelines and has discussed a plan for dissemination of the final guidelines. Read more about the Clinical Practice Guidelines Process.

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Last Updated October 09, 2009