The establishment of the FARE Clinical Network is good news for individuals and families dealing with food allergies.
The nonprofit organization FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, started the network with an initial investment topping $2 million dollars. The network’s purpose is to enhance patient quality of care and speed the development of new allergy medications.
Standard of Excellence
There are 22 inaugural centers of excellence – clinics, labs, and hospitals – in the FARE Clinical Network (FCN). Over time, more centers will be added to the roster. To pass the rigorous FCN application process, centers must:
- Provide staff credentials, and information about diagnostic and treatment guidelines, personnel training, facility details, patient satisfaction survey results, and operational oversight procedures.
- Must offer food allergy patients excellent clinical and sub-specialty expertise and services, and have impeccable standards for teaching, research, and clinical care.
- Must have a goal of applying the latest evidence-based knowledge to the research and treatment of food allergies.
The FCN will facilitate collaboration between participating centers not only to advance the study of food allergy, but create a nationwide food allergy patient registry and bio-repositories as well.
“…FARE will direct the Clinical Network centers of excellence across the country to a common goal of ensuring that patients with food allergies have access to state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatments and research,” said James R. Baker, Jr., MD, CEO and chief medical officer of FARE.
“We will continue to expand the number of centers to provide access to more patients. This effort is fundamental to our mission — to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies while providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.”
The initial 22 FCN centers are scattered across the length and breadth of the U.S. and include:
- Mass General Hospital in Boston
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research, Stanford University
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
- Children’s Mercy in Kansas City
The complete list of participating centers is available on the FARE website.
Important findings may be lost without collaboration, so it is heartening to know that food allergy experts – clinicians, teachers, and researchers – will be pooling their expertise through the FARE Clinical Network.
“We need to push for the development of drugs and other therapies to prevent life-threatening food allergy reactions, while ensuring that children and adults with food allergy receive the best care possible,” said Baker.