Prior to 2005 food allergies were just a blip on researchers’ radar screens. Whether it was a lack of funding or minimal interest there wasn’t a comprehensive study being conducted. However that all changed when Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago launched one of the largest and far reaching food allergy studies to date. The Food Allergy Study was a grassroots operation nearly four years ago, but has propelled itself into a successful and large scale study that has already accomplished so much in a very little amount of time.
Some of the highlights are the creation of a large study database filled with important statistical information that will help us understand more about food allergies in children, identify the genetic and environmental roles, understand why the numbers of food allergies in children are increasing and provide information to the medical and patient community. These are all very important developments as the scientific community moves closer to understanding the core of why food allergies occur, and maybe someday….find a cure.
Until that day comes please do all you can to support this study. If you live in the Chicago area you can enroll in the study either as a family with food allergies, or as a non allergic control family. So far over 700 families have enrolled; nearly 600 case families with food allergies, and over 100 control families without. These numbers are strong but the CMH Food Allergy Study could use more help. Enlist your friends or relatives to donate their time to this cause. They can call Deanna Caruso, Project Coordinator at 312-573-7755 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to offer your philanthropic support to Children’s Memorial Hospital contact the Children’s Memorial Foundation at 773-880-4237 or email email@example.com. Any donation, big or small helps fund these very important programs that could ultimately change the lives of our children forever.
As a side note, my family of six has participated in this study for the past three years and I am always impressed at how fast and efficient the visits are. Bringing in all my children for testing seems like a big deal but really it is a piece of cake. The visits always go fast and the nurses and research associates are very professional and skilled at making the evaluations fun for the kids. Thanks so much for all your help in making this study a huge success.