Focus on food allergy

July 16, 2018

It’s in the news. Your patients are asking questions. It’s also a hot topic at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov. 15-19 in Seattle. It’s food allergy, and the College is providing meeting attendees with tools to help guide you through food allergy prevention, issues related to food allergy-related mortality, oral food challenges, and so much more.

New sessions this year that focus on food allergy include:

  • Food Allergy-related Mortality, Nov.16 1:00 - 2:30 pm:This symposium consists of two 45-minute sessions that will discuss what we know about food allergy fatalities as well as how to overcome challenges and find solutions. Learn about the National Food Allergy Death registry – a long-term project that collects data on every food allergy fatality in the U.S. Do other conditions like asthma contribute to these deaths? Will teen years continue to be the riskiest time for kids with food allergy? Will the top eight foods associated with fatalities continue to pose a serious risk? Attend this session to find out. Speakers include Stacy Dorris, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, FACAAI.
  • Has the Therapeutic Use of Oral Immunotherapy for Food Allergy Passed the Tipping Point?, Nov. 16 3:00 - 4:30 pm: The use, as a therapy rather than as research, of oral immunotherapy for food allergy continues to be highly controversial. Nevertheless, there are now dozens of practices that have treated over 2,500 patients with oral immunotherapy. Meeting attendees will get a fresh look at the issue during this Pro/Con debate between Richard Wasserman, MD, PhD, FACAAI, and Robert Wood, MD.
  • Demystifying Oral Food Challenges in Infants and Toddlers, Nov. 17 10:00 – 11:30 am: Many allergists do not perform oral food challenges and have particular concern in performing challenges in infants. This symposium will not only discuss the evidence supporting use of oral food challenges but also provide practical tips to help achieve successful implementation – even if you have a busy clinical practice. Speakers include David Stukus, MD, FACAAI, Justin Greiwe, MD, FACAAI, and Benjamin Prince, MD, MSCI.
  • Going Nuts: The Complexities of Diagnosing and Managing Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy, Nov. 17 1:00 - 2:30 pm: This clinical conundrum focuses on proper selection and interpretation of specific IgE and component testing in the diagnosis of peanut and tree nut allergies. Additionally, attendees will learn about utilization of oral food challenges for patients with indeterminate clinical histories or IgE results. Speakers include Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MSc, MBA, FACAAI, and David Stukus, MD, FACAAI.
  • Latest Issues and Controversies in Food Allergy, Nov. 17 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Get the scoop on the latest issues (and solutions to them) at this symposium. Find out how to deal with the ill effects of oral food immunotherapy, food allergy false-positives on food testing, understand controversial testing and deal with myths and misperceptions. Speakers include David Fleisher, MD, FACAAI, Brain Vickery, MD, John Kelso, MD, FACAAI, and Edmund Chan, MD, FRCPC.
  • Managing Food-sensitized Patients Who Have Never Eaten the Food, Nov. 18 10:00 – 11:30 am: Allergists/immunologists are confronted daily with patients with a positive IgE to a food they have never eaten. This clinical conundrum will tackle how to assess the predictive value of food-specific SPT and IgE for food challenges, how to counsel patients (and parents) about when to do food challenges, as well as what challenges to do in different clinical settings. Attendees will also learn how to approach food-sensitized patients who have never tried the food before. As the experts on food allergy, allergists must help patients avoid unnecessary dietary restriction. Speakers include Julie Wang, MD, FACAAI, Jay Lieberman, MD, FACAAI, and Brain Vickery, MD.
  • The Pros and Cons of EPIT and OIT: Is There a Perfect Therapy for Food Allergy? Nov. 18, 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Find out the good and bad about using EPIT and OIT in your practice, as well as non-FDA approved OIT. This session will help participants better understand options available for the treatment of food allergy. Speakers include A. Wesely Burks, MD, FACAAI, Robert Wood, MD, and Richard Wasserman, MD, PhD.
  • Addressing Unmet Needs in Food Allergy Research, Nov. 18 3:00 - 4:30 pm: An interdisciplinary panel session that will investigate what the unmet needs currently are within food allergy research, from the perspective of multiple stakeholders including parents, pediatricians, dietitians, psychologists, advocates and allergists. Topics such as the need for psychosocial support in the management of food allergy, the role of advocacy groups in patient engagement in food allergy research, the role of dietary support in managing food allergy and the role of shared management between specialists and primary care in food allergy will be addressed. Speakers include Linda Herbert, PhD, Tonya Winders of the Allergy and Asthma Network, Carina Venter, PhD, RD, Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, and Robert Wood, MD.
  • How Allergists Can Help Prevent Food Allergy Development: Translating Evidence into Practice, Nov. 19 9:45 – 11:00 am: This ‘practical applications at work’ session will give allergists the info they need to know to shape their recommendations to new and expecting parents. Evolving evidence has shown the potential for some early life interventions to reduce the risk for development of atopic dermatitis and food allergies, such as the results of the LEAP study. However, misinformation surrounding other non-effective approaches persists. Attendees will learn what population data can teach us about food allergy, what interventions can help food allergy development, as well as a practical approach to discussing food allergy prevention strategies with patients. Speakers include Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, Carina Venter, PhD, RD, and David Fleischer, MD, FACAAI.

Registration for the Annual Meeting opens in early August – so keep your eyes on your inbox as well as the Annual Meeting website for more details!