by Kelley Barnett, FAAM Founder & Coordinator
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our first meeting on Mon., Feb. 8th at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett. It was great to be with other food allergy individuals and families who were excited to learn more and support each other. It makes me even more excited for what 2016 has in store for FAAM and its members! To prevent leaving someone out who helped, I will not list names, but you know who you are. THANK YOU for all you did, and will continue to do, for our food allergy community.
In his presentation "Immunotherapy and Food Allergy: the 'Nuts' and Bolts", Dr. Jay Lieberman discussed three types of immunotherapy: oral (eaten), sublingual (drops under the tongue), and epicutaneous (patch on the skin). He shared a brief history of immunotherapy, including outcomes of important studies. Dr. Lieberman also introduced the immunotherapy clinical trial that will begin in Memphis soon, sharing some details about the basic structure of the trial. He concluded the evening with a Q&A, receiving questions on a range of topics: food challenges, epinephrine, anxiety in children, teaching children about their food allergies, and more. It was a very informative evening, and rare as patients do not often have the opportunity to learn from an allergist and ask questions openly. Dr. Lieberman shared that he was pleasantly surprised by the questions asked and felt that everyone showed a genuine interest and enthusiasm.
Thank you for a great start to 2016 and welcome to FAAM!
Food for Thought is the blog for the Food Allergy Alliance of the Mid-South. FAAM's mission is to provide food allergy support, education, advocacy, fellowship & fun for Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.
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