New Growth and Leadership for IAFFPE’s Medical Advisory Board

New MAB Chair Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn (L) and IAFFPE Founder Fallon Schultz

New MAB Chair Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn (L) and IAFFPE Founder Fallon Schultz

The International Association for Food Protein Enterocolitis (IAFFPE) is proud to name a new chair and three additional members to our Medical Advisory Board (MAB), which is comprised of the world’s leading experts on Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES).

Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn will take on the role of MAB Chair. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. The position holds a three-year term in the organization that rotates within different institutions.

Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn shares the organization’s global vision and has an innovative agenda for her term. She has already made significant contributions to our community through research and clinical practice, and we are very excited about the future of IAFFPE under her guidance.

We also thank outgoing Chair Dr. Jonathan Spergel for his remarkable leadership and dedication over the past three years; we are thrilled he will remain a key part of our Medical Advisory Board.

IAFFPE’s Medical Advisory Board is composed of allergists, immunologists, gastroenterologists and nutritionists who share a common purpose to create global collaboration for the diagnosis, treatment, management and advancement of FPIES. The MAB advises the organization on FPIES education, awareness and advocacy initiatives while also providing medical review of our web content and educational materials.

As part of our effort to advance awareness and understanding of FPIES at an international level, we’re also thrilled to announce three new MAB members:

  • Dr. Jin-Bok Hwang
    Department of Pediatrics, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
  • Dr. Antonella Muraro
    Pediatric Allergy, Paediatric Department of the University Hospital of Padua, Italy
  • Dr. Ichiro Nomura
    Department of Allergy and Immunology, National Research Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan

These additional members reflect the global nature of our research and initiatives. We are privileged and excited to partner with such an accomplished group of physicians, researchers and thought leaders!

2013: The Year That FPIES Becomes Visible!

IAFFPE Initiatives

At IAFFPE, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make FPIES more widely known in the medical community, to help ensure that no child suffers from a delayed diagnosis. To that end, we’re excited to highlight two important new initiatives for 2013!

First, our Medical Advisory Board has drafted an FPIES Fact Sheet that will be distributed to EVERY pediatrician in the U.S. by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology. IAFFPE’s Dr. Scott Sicherer is leading this effort to help educate frontline providers about FPIES and ultimately reduce the amount of time that patients go without diagnosis.

For our next big initiative, IAFFPE’s Medical Advisory Board has developed four surveys aimed at measuring global FPIES awareness among medical professionals. The surveys will poll four key groups (pediatricians, allergists, GI, dietitians) on their general knowledge of FPIES and how to diagnose and treat the condition. The results will help us understand how to better educate physicians in the diagnosis and management of FPIES. This will also help us identify our research priorities so that every dollar donated is spent wisely and in the best interest of FPIES families.

These are just a few of the substantive steps IAFFPE is taking to advance the cause. We couldn’t do it without the dedication of our Medical Advisory Board and the daily inspiration we get from our resilient FPIES community.