Life Sciences

Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research

The Opportunity

Allergies know no geographic or socioeconomic barrier. Every day, they affect an estimated 30% - 40% of the global population, including asthma, eczema, drug allergies and food allergies. Data has shown that the rate of people with food allergies – both adults and children –is doubling every 10 years. This is a growing epidemic and there is no FDA-approved treatment, let alone a cure. While allergies are an immunological problem, the field of allergy research has lagged behind relative to the rest of the field of immunology. There is a critical need for funding the basic science investigating the immune mechanisms that drive sensitization and desensitization in allergies.

The Program

The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford’s objective is to find a cure for allergies and transform the lives of patients and families. Led by Dr. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, an internationally renowned immunology researcher who focuses on allergies, the interdisciplinary center will focus on understanding the mechanisms of the immune system, the dysfunctions of which result in allergic reactions. Through laboratory and computational research, clinical trials, community outreach and other efforts, the center will work toward finding rationally-based therapies to provide the safest and best treatments for allergies, including asthma, eczema, food allergies, drug allergies and more.


Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Allergy and Immunology
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital