Last week, I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology College Presentations. At this month's ACAAI meeting, I spoke about a variety of issues surrounding food allergy. Our topics included the improvement of knowledge and support for children with food allergy through educational videos, as well as the development of an electronic registry that may determine the prevalence and characteristics of anaphylaxis in the Emergency Department. I also discussed the burden of food allergy beyond anaphylaxis, and food allergy presentation in siblings of food allergic children (which was mentioned in my last post).
Highlights of the meeting include Dr. Opal Kamdar's presentation, "Asian Indian Food Allergy Survey: Unique Ethnic Food Allergens", which explores the types of foods that cause reactions among adults and children of Asian Indian origin. Dr. Mary Morris presented her study, "Sublingual Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy", discussing the methods and goals of this potential allergy treatment.