Greetings. Labor Day is now only a couple of weeks away. The end of the summer season is looming over the horizon. There is still time for some fun during August.
In this issue you will find an inspiring profile of Maya Konoff and her mom Jill Mindlin. Both mother and daughter have learned to navigate the world of food allergies and now use their experiences to educate and advocate on behalf of allergy sufferers
You also see how the roles of doctor, researcher and a parent of a child with food allergies, influence the work of Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH as the founding Director of the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR) at Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).
Additionally, in this issue you will find articles on the search for new treatment options for anaphylaxis, such as a peanut patch and an epinephrine nasal spray.
Concerning our annual Action Awards Celebration, this year we will honor Shahzad Mustafa MD and Jared Saiontz. Two people could hardly be more different than Shahzad and Jared. One is a grown man with many years as a practicing physician. The other is a young man working his way towards graduation from Junior high school. Both have performed exemplary acts of service aiding individuals at risk for anaphylaxis.
This year's event will be held virtually via our website this fall. So stay tune for more information. We hope you will be able to join us for a fun filled evening celebration honoring our award winners.
Please stay safe and healthy!