Last Wednesday, the National Institutes of Health announced that the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), established in 2005, will be funded for five more years. This is a 29.9 million dollar grant and is great news for those affected by food allergy. From low allergy peanuts to polyphenol-enriched apple extract to desensitizing people to their allergens, there is incredible research happening in the area of food allergy right now.
"We are pleased to continue our support of CoFAR, NIAID’s major program dedicated to exploring the causes of food allergy and developing new treatment and prevention strategies," says Daniel Rotrosen, M.D., director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation at NIAID. CoFAR plans to expand research into the genetic components of food allergy and broaden research into disorders such as EoE.
This is much needed money for scientists to continue to unlock the puzzle of food allergy. After a LONG dry spell, food allergy is finally getting the attention and funds to address causes and treatment. That's great news for millions of people!