Scientific Advisory Board
Critical peer review to help plan and optimize our work
Kirsten Beyer, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Immunology at University Hospital Charité in Berlin. Her research experience spans the spectrum of pediatric allergy, with a focus on food allergy. Her interests include food allergy prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Currently, her group is studying the induction of oral tolerance through oral immunotherapy in food-allergic children and the primary prevention of hen’s egg allergy through early hen’s egg feeding, among other studies.
She is also part of the EU-funded food allergy project EuroPrevall, studying a European birth cohort of more than 12,000 babies, which will be re-evaluated at school age within the EU-funded project iFAAM. Dr. Beyer qualified as an M.D. at the Free University in Berlin, Germany, and carried out her pediatric training and fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She was also a visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins University and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
A. Wesley Burks, M.D., is Executive Dean for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine as well as the Curnen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Burks heads a research team whose work centers on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions, and the development of treatment for food allergy in pre-clinical and clinical studies. He and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal immunotherapy. Dr. Burks is also a principal investigator for the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), which was established in
July 2005 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to conduct both observational and clinical studies to answer questions related to food allergies. Dr. Burks earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, then completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Burks is a past Chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, where he served from 2012 to 2013.
Thomas B. Casale, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Casale’s clinical and basic research interests are directed toward determination and treatment of the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in asthma and allergic diseases. He is currently the director of clinical and translational research and is actively involved in examining immunomodulators for the treatment of inflammatory disorders.
He is also very active in the development of educational programs in allergy and immunology for local, national and international meetings. Dr. Casale earned his medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, then completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and an allergy/immunology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He served as President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology from 2007 to 2008.
George du Toit, M.B., B.Ch., is a Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which is home to one of Europe’s largest children’s allergy specialist centers. Prof. du Toit was the lead author of the landmark “Learning Early about Peanut Allergy” (LEAP) trial and follow-on “Persistence of Oral Tolerance to Peanut” (LEAP-On) trial, both published in the New England Journal of Medicine. LEAP and LEAP-On showed that feeding peanuts to young children can sharply reduce the risk of their developing peanut allergy and led to new guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy in many countries, including the United States, where new guidelines were published by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases. His research interests concern the prevention of food allergy, urticarial disorders, exercise and allergy, and allergy to medications in childhood. Prof. du Toit earned his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (M.B., B.Ch.) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and then specialized in children’s allergy and asthma at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town, Allergy Diagnostic Clinical Research Unit. Prof. du Toit served as Chair of the Pediatric Section of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) from 2015 to 2017.
Jonathan Hourihane, M.D., is a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at University College Cork in Ireland. His research interests focus on the exploration of the link between skin barrier dysfunction and systemic allergic disorders, threshold doses of food allergens, immunomodulation of established allergic responses, prevention of allergic sensitization, and evaluation of quality of life in food allergic children. He is co-principal investigator for the BASELINE birth cohort study, which is tracking more than 2,000 Irish children from soon after conception over several years to study the effects of intrauterine growth
restriction, the incidence and prevalence of food allergy and eczema in early childhood, and the incidence and effects of maternal and infant vitamin D status on growth and health. He was Founding Secretary of the Irish Association of Allergy and Immunology and is Founding Chairman of the Irish Food Allergy Network. Dr. Hourihane earned his Bachelor of Medicine (M.B.), Bachelor of Surgery (B.Ch.), and Bachelor of Obstetrics (B.A.O.) degrees at Dublin University, Trinity College and an M.D. from the University of Southampton.
Stacie M. Jones, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is also a researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. Her research focuses on both clinical and translational investigation of food allergy and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, as well as on asthma and lung disease. Dr. Jones is also a principal investigator for the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), which was established
in July 2005 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to conduct both observational and clinical studies to answer questions related to food allergies. Dr. Jones earned her medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her pediatrics residency there and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Wayne G. Shreffler, M.D., Ph.D., is Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Shreffler has developed a highly integrated research and clinical program to better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of food allergy and asthma and provide the best current and future care. His lab focuses on the characterization of cellular and humoral immune response to dietary antigens and the mechanisms of allergen-induced Th2 sensitization and oral tolerance. Additionally, Dr. Shreffler is part of the scientific leadership of the multidisciplinary Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI) at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, formed to accelerate food allergy research and development.
He is also a principal investigator for the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), which was established in July 2005 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to conduct both observational and clinical studies to answer questions related to food allergies. Dr. Shreffler received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and his pediatrics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, then completed his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He served on the FDA Food Advisory Committee and on the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Editorial Board.
Brian Vickery, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and the founding Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His clinical and research efforts focus on understanding the pathophysiology of food allergies and anaphylaxis, and developing new therapies to treat them. Prior to joining the Emory faculty, he led an international Phase 3 randomized clinical trial of peanut OIT, the largest of its kind, as senior medical director at Aimmune Therapeutics. He previously held faculty positions at Duke University School of Medicine and then the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was an NIH-funded researcher and the Director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative.
At UNC, he led a group that was first to show that sustained unresponsiveness (SU), or clinical remission, can occur after peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) and subsequently demonstrated for the first time that the early treatment of peanut-allergic preschool children with OIT is safe and enhances the likelihood of SU. Dr. Vickery obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and he completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and his fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology at Yale University School of Medicine.