Gluten, Dairy, and Nuts, Oh My! Why Are Food Allergies on the Rise?

By Cambridge Science Festival (other events)

Friday, June 14 2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

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Gluten, Dairy, and Nuts, Oh My! Why Are Food Allergies on the Rise?

Friday, June 14th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million American kids have food allergies, and the numbers are rising for all age groups, especially in industrialized countries. We know the “What” but we don’t have the “Why” that explains the upward tick. Is it our food supply? Our environment? Are we too clean? What role do our genes play? What about our immune system? Our panel of experts will explore what science does and doesn’t understand about our increasing sensitivity to food.


Dennis Ausiello |
Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ramnik Xavier | Center for Computational & Integrative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute
Wayne Shreffler | Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Food Allergy Center and Principle Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Pediatrician and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital


Reception to follow with local chefs showcasing allergy-friendly specialties.

Jody Adams | Rialto Restaurant and TRADE
Richard Vallente | Legal Seafoods
Whole Food Market, River Street
Kickass Cupcakes


Thanks to the Boston Globe!

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