The UNC Food Allergy Initiative (UNCFAI) was established to address the growing needs of children and adults with food allergy. Since 2015, the UNCFAI has been involved in over 25 food allergy studies and is a proud member of the NIH Consortium for Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) as well as a Discovery Center of Distinction within the FARE Clinical Network.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies in the U.S. have significantly increased 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.
Whether you are a potential patient, research collaborator, or just learning more about food allergy, we invite you to explore our website and join in our effort to make a difference in the lives of all those living with food allergy.
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