About the UNC Food Allergy Initiative

The UNC Food Allergy Initiative (UNCFAI) was established in 2012 to address the growing needs of children and adults with food allergy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies in the U.S. have increased almost 20 percent over the past decade. Currently, over 12 million Americans (approximately 4 percent of the population) suffer from some type of food allergy or anaphylaxis, a medical condition that can be life threatening. The UNCFAI aims to provide patient care, research, and education for these individuals and their families and caregivers.

The Institute provides comprehensive, family-centered patient care for food allergy, food-related anaphylaxis, and other related disorders like atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic esophagitis. Program investigators study the biologic basis of food allergy in the laboratory and in clinical research studies. Education of community physicians, allied health professionals, and the public are also a vital part of the Institute’s mission.


The UNCFAI is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC is approximately 2.5 hours from Charlotte and Wilmington, NC, and approximately 3 hours from Richmond, VA.

Clinical studies are conducted in the Food Allergy Study Center, located in the Burnett-Womack Building at 101 Manning Drive, just next to UNC Hospitals complex. Patients are seen in the outpatient clinic on the main floor of N.C. Children’s Hospital and also at the N.C. Children’s Specialty Clinic, located on the Rex campus in Raleigh. Our state-of-the-art laboratory, manufacturing, and office spaces are located in the Genome Sciences Building on UNC’s medical campus.