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Arkansas Children’s Research Institute Awarded $2.3M for Food Allergy Studies

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The Arkansas Center for Food Allergy Research at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute has received a $2.3 million federal grant supporting studies aimed at improving the lives of children who have food allergies.

The seven-year award from the National Institutes of Health will equip the center to continue hosting innovative therapeutic trials, longitudinal studies and research design concepts, Arkansas Children’s said in a news release.

The funding renews a 2017 award that created the Arkansas Center for Food Allergy Research as part of an expansive network of institutions researching and evaluating new approaches to treat and prevent food allergies. The latest award has three aims: growing study participation among diverse populations in rural and underserved regions; increasing research into new focus areas; and promoting career development for early-career food allergy scientists through mentoring and direct engagement, Arkansas Children’s said in a news release.

Earlier this year, research conducted at the center led to the first FDA-approved biologic treatment for children and adults with allergy to peanuts and multiple food allergies.

“We have seen astounding advancements for families affected by food allergies over the last 20 years, but our work is far from done,” Dr. Stacie Jones, who leads the center and is a principal investigator for many of its studies, said in a statement. “The next phase of funding will help us create better opportunities for global implementation of the most effective therapeutic and prevention options.”



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