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Research at the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute

The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute was established in 1997 with the mission to expand and improve basic science and clinical research, comprehensive patient care, and educational efforts in the field of food allergy. The Institute is home to basic, clinical and translational research. Studies are ongoing to characterize the clinical features of a growing spectrum of food allergic disease, to understand why food allergy is increasing, and to determine better methods to diagnose, treat, and hopefully prevent these disorders. Numerous laboratory research studies, using the most advanced techniques available, are aimed at expanding our knowledge about immune mechanisms in food allergy and molecular characteristics of food allergens. Our portfolio of research also includes investigations on genetics, epidemiology, psychosocial concerns, daily management, nutritional issues, natural course/prevention, diagnostics, and novel therapeutics. The full spectrum of food-allergic problems are addressed including anaphylaxis (severe, life threatening allergies), food-related skin (atopic dermatitis) and gut disorders (eosinophilic esophagitis and enterocolitis).

Research at the Institute is made possible through public and private support including grants from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Jaffe Family Foundation, David and Julia Koch, and other generous donors. The David H. and Julia Koch, Research Program in Food Allergy Therapeutics is a hub for drug discovery and vaccine development. Clinical research is also supported by Food Allergy Research and Education (formerly the Food Allergy Initiative and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network). With support from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), a serum repository is maintained as a resource to promote national and international research. FARE has also contributed to a number of studies including development of treatments based on Traditional Chinese medicine. Philanthropic support is critical to our ability to advance our mission of innovation in all areas of food allergy treatment, research, psycho-social support and education. We thank our committed partners for the vital role they play in helping all children and families with food allergies.

Please see our Milestones and Firsts for a highlight of our accomplishments.

By combining a world-class clinical research program with an equally strong laboratory-based one, the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute is uniquely able to move ideas and investigations between the laboratory bench and the patient’s bedside in order to approach these disorders as efficiently and creatively as possible. The major goal is to devise more definitive, hopefully curative, therapies for food allergic disease.

With additional support, we could do more. If you are interested in donating to our research, please download this brochure and visit our philanthropy site.


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Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
5 East 98th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10029

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Fall/Winter 2013 [PDF]