Creating A Multi-Center Pediatric Food Allergy Database and Sample Repository
Monday, March 5, 2018
South Hall A2 (Convention Center)
Alanna G. Wong, MD, Lisa Guasp, RN, Kirsi M. Jarvinen-Seppo, MD PhD FAAAAI, Stephanie A. Leonard, MD
RATIONALE: The etiology and risk factors of food allergies are still largely unknown. Numerous factors are thought to contribute, such as the prenatal period, environmental exposures, family history, and comorbidities. Our goal is to collect a thorough clinical history and biological specimens to create a comprehensive database of pediatric food allergy patients for analysis.

METHODS: Patients aged 0-20 years from two university-based pediatric food allergy clinics are actively being recruited. Caretakers for each participant answer a 15-page questionnaire regarding demographics, food allergies, birth history, dietary history, vitamin D and sun exposure, medications, allergic comorbidities and family history. Participants are also having their blood collected for future study. The information gathered will be stored in REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture); a web-based application used for electronic capture and management of research and clinical study data. The IRB has approved this study.

RESULTS: 71 patients have been recruited thus far, 46 males and 21 females. The majority of participants are white (49%) followed by Asian (24%) and Other/Hispanic (15%). The most prominent food allergy thus far is egg (65%), followed by peanut (55%), tree nut (45%), and then finned fish (31%).

CONCLUSIONS: The detailed clinical history and peripheral blood being collected will form an expansive database that may be accessed for future studies and analysis concerning the development and impact of food allergies.