MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is pleased to announce today that Vanderbilt University Medical Center is joining the FARE Clinical Network, a food allergy research collaborative that now comprises 31 leading research and clinical care facilities across the country.
The FARE Clinical Network seeks to accelerate the development of effective approaches to food allergy treatment while improving the quality of patient care for this potentially life-threatening disease that affects 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children. The prevalence of food allergy among children has increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Since launching the FARE Clinical Network in 2015, FARE has invested approximately $6.5 million in this alliance of leading research institutions. Under FARE's leadership and coordination, FARE Clinical Network centers of excellence provide essential infrastructure for advances in research by hosting clinical trials to develop new therapeutics and best practices for the care of patients with food allergies.
"By expanding the FARE Clinical Network, we can increase the access of food allergy patients to cutting-edge research and exceptional care at each stage of their food allergy journey, from diagnosis and management to treatment and prevention," said Lisa Gable, CEO of FARE. "We are pleased to work with the dedicated team at Vanderbilt to further strengthen our nationwide research efforts."
The FARE Clinical Network serves as a powerful driver of collaboration to advance our understanding of food allergy, with select member centers contributing to the development of a national food allergy patient registry.
"We are very excited to join the FARE Clinical Network," said Jonathan A. Hemler, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, who directs the food allergy program within the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. "Our multidisciplinary team here at Vanderbilt provides outstanding care to both children and adults with food allergies. Now, thanks to our membership in the Clinical Network, we can provide access to cutting-edge research and clinical trials for our patients in Tennessee and surrounding states."
The centers of excellence selected as part of the FARE Clinical Network provide high-quality clinical and sub-specialty food allergy expertise and services, and are focused on applying new evidence-based knowledge to this important field.
For more information, visit www.foodallergy.org/research-programs/fare-clinical-network.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org.
ABOUT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Managing more than two million patient visits each year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast and is the primary resource for specialty care in hundreds of adult and pediatric specialties for patients throughout Tennessee and the Mid-South. Vanderbilt's biomedical research program is among the nation's top 10 in peer-reviewed grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, receiving more than $500 million in public and private awards in 2017. The Medical Center is the region's locus of postgraduate medical education, with more than 1,000 residents and fellows training in more than 100 specialty areas. Over 1,000 children and adults with food allergies are seen in the Vanderbilt allergy clinics every year.
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