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Food Allergy
Gordon Research Conference

Mechanisms, Prevention of, and Emerging Therapies for Food Allergy


January 7-12, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Kari C. Nadeau

Vice Chair:
Gideon Lack

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 10, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

As the importance of food allergy is gaining global awareness, this first Gordon Research Conference on Food Allergy will uniquely focus on food-allergen-specific immune function in health and disease. In the past 15 years, more than 9,500 articles have been published in food allergy. Nonetheless, these developments have yet to change the standard of clinical care for food allergy — complete avoidance of the allergenic food. The pressing need for effective therapies for food allergy can only be met by developing a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of immune mechanisms. We aim to amplify the increasing momentum of research advances in food allergy with this new GRC focused specifically on its basic and translational aspects from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

Leading researchers from around the world with expertise in immunology, molecular and cell biology, and computational biology who are interested in understanding healthy and food-allergic immune function will be featured, including those who study emerging problems such as the role of the microbiome in food allergy, and the mechanisms of desensitization achieved through emerging therapies such as oral immunotherapy. This five-day international scientific conference encouraging free discussion — often of unpublished research — aims to provide cross-fertilization and collaboration among researchers in relevant fields, and will help to develop and integrate this rapidly evolving field.

The deadline for poster abstract submission is Tuesday October 31, 2017.


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Cour Pharmaceuticals
Aimmune Therapeutics
BEFORE Brands, Inc.
Vedanta Biosciences
Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Stanford University

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by September 7, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Global Impact of Food Allergy
    (Zuhair Ballas, Dale Umetsu / Katie Allen / Gideon Lack / Michael Levin / Antonella Muraro / Daniel Rotrosen)
  • Immunological Mechanisms of Food Allergy and Tolerance
    (Hugh Sampson, Alkis Togias / Carlos Camargo / Stephanie Eisenbarth / Juan Lafaille / Ruslan Medzhitov / Michiko Oyoshi / Ruby Pawankar / Anuradha Ray / Erik Wambre)
  • The Role of T Cells in Food Allergy
    (Talal Chatila / Willi Born / Yueh-Hsiu Chien / Pamela Guerrerio / Bjoern Peters / Lars Poulsen / Anne Singh / Charles Surh)
  • Preventing Food Allergy: From Skin to Gut
    (Marshall Plaut, Marsha Wills-Karp / Yasmine Belkaid / Cecilia Berin / Carla Davis / Ruchi Gupta / Corinne Keet / Kathy McCoy / Daniel Mucida / Cathryn Nagler / Gerald Nepom / Gregory Sonnenberg)
  • Protein and Peptide Chemistry Involved in Food Allergy
    (Holden Maecker / Magnus Borres / Mark Davis / Theodore Jardetzky / Philip Johnson / Anna Pomes / Ronald Rabin)
  • The Role of B Cells and Immunoglobulins in Food Allergy
    (Wesley Burks, Marcella Ruddy / Mubeccel Akdis / Scott Boyd / Maria Curotto de Lafaille / Motohiro Ebisawa / Wayne Shreffler / Duane Wesemann)
  • The Roles of Basophils, Eosinophils, and Mast Cells in Food Allergy
    (Stephen Galli, Hans Oettgen / Bruce Bochner / Toshiaki Kawakami / Donald MacGlashan / Marc Rothenberg / Hans-Uwe Simon / Yui-Hsi Wang)
  • The Role of the Epithelium in Allergic Disease
    (Rosemarie Dekruyff / Cezmi Akdis / Moshe Biton / Simon Hogan / Marsha Wills-Karp / Steven Ziegler)
  • Phenotypes and Endotypes in Food Allergy
    (Antonella Muraro / James Baker / R. Sharon Chinthrajah / Thomas Platts-Mills / Jonathan Spergel / Rudolf Valenta)
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