FAIRFAX, Va., May 5 The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) will hold its 15th annual Food Allergy Conference in Rosemont, Ill., on May 10, 2008. Many families struggle with how best to manage food allergies in their lives. Whether attendees have been living with food allergies for years or are dealing with a new diagnosis, this conference will help.
Conference attendees will learn tips and strategies for living better while managing food allergies. Topics will include causes and symptoms of food-allergic reactions, how food allergies should be diagnosed, strategies for avoiding reactions, how and when to use epinephrine, tips for managing food allergies in schools, ways to prepare a child to manage food allergies, and the latest news on food allergy research.
"There is no cure for food allergy today," said Anne Munoz-Furlong, FAAN Founder and CEO. "Until there is a cure, education is the key to avoiding a reaction. This unique conference brings together hundreds of individuals for a full day of the latest information on living with food allergies."
Anyone who has a food allergy or takes care of someone with a food allergy will benefit from attending. In particular, parents, grandparents, and relatives of children with food allergies, as well as health professionals, registered dietitians, caregivers, child care providers, and school staff, will find the sessions informative.
The Chicago conference will feature Scott H. Sicherer, M.D. He is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute's division of allergy/immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as the author of Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies and The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook.
There are even special sessions for teens (ages 11 and up) and nurses at the conference. The teen lunch session will include discussion topics such as school, dating, traveling, and dining out. A concurrent session for parents of teens will enable them to share their experiences, challenges, and strategies for success. Clinical and school-based nurses will meet to discuss topics of professional interest such as schools, elimination diets, and food challenges with leading nurses in food allergy education and research.
During the conference, the winners of the 12th annual Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference will be recognized. These awards were established by FAAN to acknowledge leaders in the food industry, health professions, and communities across the country who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making a difference in the lives of people with food allergies. With the prevalence of food allergy on the rise, promoting public awareness and education is more important than ever.
FAAN's conferences offer insight on the most recent research findings about food allergy as well as enhanced discussion and networking among medical leaders in the field, caregivers, teachers, child care providers, families, and school staff. The Chicago conference will be held at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food