Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology | Food Allergy Program

Food Sensitivity and Allergy Testing

Finding the appropriate care is one of the most important steps when your child is diagnosed with a food allergy. The Food Allergy Program is led by Dr. Amal Assa’ad, Director of Clinical Services, Division of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Assa’ad is recognized internationally for her expertise in the care of patients with food allergies. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, dieticians and other team members experienced in the care of patients with food allergies. The goal of the Food Allergy Program is to improve the lives of patients with food allergies and their family members by providing expert care, innovative treatments and cutting-edge research. Patients in the Food Allergy Program are seen through the Allergy Clinic and Oral Immunotherapy Clinic.

Aspects of Our Food Allergy Program

FDA Approves New Drug to Help Kids with Peanut Allergies

A new peanut allergy drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration could bring new hope for kids allergic to peanuts. Learn more.

FARE Center of Excellence and Biorepository 

Cincinnati Children’s has received a significant grant that is expected to boost research to benefit patients with food allergy. Learn more on the Research Horizons blog.

FARE Registry

Your food allergy story helps drive research forward. Learn more.

Recent Food Allergy Blog Posts

  • How to Read a Label For Food Allergies - Cincinnati Children's Patients and Family blog
    Avoidance is the first-line of defense in management of food allergies. Because of this, the process of reading food labels is very important so that families can learn how to avoid those allergens.
  • Food allergies take a greater emotional toll on Asian families - American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
    Study shows higher negative quality of life scores for Asians, Blacks and Hispanics with food allergies.

Robyn's Story

Robyn smiles.

Robyn Cathcart continues to manage her peanut allergy thanks to her hard work and ongoing treatment in our Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Clinic. As a clear sign of her continuing progress, she’s now enjoying different foods formerly off limits to her. 

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NIAID – Food Allergy:    An Overview

Amal H. Assa'ad, MD discusses outcomes data to further quality improvement.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) designed a booklet to help people understand allergic reactions to foods and their possible causes and to explain how a healthcare professional diagnoses and treats food allergy. Our clinical director, Amal H. Assa’ad, MD, contributed to this guide.

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2017 NIAID Addendum Guidelines for Preventing Peanut Allergy

In 2015, findings from a landmark NIAID-funded clinical trial called the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study showed that introducing peanut-containing foods to infants at high risk for developing peanut allergy was safe and led to an 81% relative reduction in the subsequent development of peanut allergy. Due to the strength of these results, NIAID established a coordinating committee that convened an expert panel to update the 2010 Guidelines to specifically address the prevention of peanut allergy. Amal H. Assa'ad, MD and Carina Venter, PhD, RD, contributed to the Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States that were published in January 2017.

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Early Allergen Introduction

This editorial discusses the NIAID-funded Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) trial, which evaluated whether early allergen introduction would be beneficial in allergy prevention.

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Our Clinical Trials

We are devoted to providing the best care.

Our division's clinical trials team is dedicated to bringing cutting-edge therapies to our child and adult patients.

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