Dr. Bill Kwok’s laboratory at the Benaroya Research Institute is currently studying how T-lymphocytes, which are important immune cells that direct the immune response in allergy, recognize and potentially cause allergy in peanut, tree nut, cow milk and shellfish allergic individuals; with the goal of identifying new, more accurate ways to diagnose food allergy and also to identify potential new treatment options for food allergy.
Dr. Mary Farrington will be beginning a peanut allergy research project along with Dr. Kwok this summer. This research study is looking at how the immune cells that direct food allergy development, T- lymphocytes, recognize the specific parts of the peanut protein in an effort to more accurately diagnosis peanut allergy. This study will involve a blood draw. The hope is to better diagnosis peanut allergy, especially those patients who have tested positive for peanut, but do not have a clear cut history of peanut allergy.
If you are interested in learning more about these studies, please contact Benaroya Research Institute at the email or phone number listed below:
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