Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto has announced a gift of $10 million from Julia and David Koch to establish a clinical research unit within the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.
The gift will be used to expand the clinical research of Kari Nadeau and her team, who are working to better understand the underlying cause of allergies and develop a lasting cure, from its current location in a unit within El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, to a redesigned unit at Packard Children's.
Allergies and asthma are becoming more common around the world. Indeed, according to Packard Children's, the growth rate of severe food allergies has doubled over the past decade, with roughly one in three Americans suffering from some form of allergy and doctor-diagnosed food allergies affecting one in twelve American children under the age of 21 and one in fifty adults.
"Children and families with food allergies often live in constant fear of life-threatening reactions," said Nadeau. "We are determined to use innovative research and provide compassionate care to move the science forward in a transformative way to ensure a safer future."