The UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic has been selected to become an FCN Discovery Center of Distinction. With this new designation, lead principal investigator, Edwin Kim, MD, MS, will receive a $100,000 stipend to help develop critical infrastructure necessary to deliver optimal clinical care and leadership in the community to patients with food allergy.
This week, the FARE Clinical Network – a group of top food allergy centers led and coordinated by FARE – announced its expansion to include 44 participating institutions in 22 states and the nation’s capital. By increasing the locations for multi-site clinical trials, the network will facilitate the development of new therapies, diagnostics, and prevention strategies and will make access to experimental treatments possible for volunteers drawn from a larger and more diverse patient population.
The FCN Network has three types of centers, including Discovery Centers of Distinction, Clinical Research Centers of Distinction, and Clinical Care Centers of Distinction. As leader of a Discovery Center of Distinction, Dr. Kim and his team of researchers will conduct new research on treatments, diagnostics, prevention and improvements to care. Through participating in the network, the new center will also serve as a site for clinical trials and basic/translational research on food allergy, assist in the development of new therapeutics, help carry out multi-center investigations, as well as help train the next generation of food allergy investigators.
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