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Why Are Food Allergies on the Rise Panel and Reception Tonight Friday, June 14


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"Gluten, Dairy, and Nuts, Oh My" will feature a panel of MGH doctors discussing the rise of food allergies followed by a foodie reception with local chefs Friday June 14, from 6-9 p.m. at The Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, in Kendall Square.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million American kids have food allergies, and the numbers are rising for all age groups, especially in industrialized countries. We know the “What” but we don’t have the “Why” that explains the upward tick. Is it our food supply? Our environment? Are we too clean? What role do our genes play? What about our immune system? Our panel of experts will explore what science does and doesn’t understand about our increasing sensitivity to food.

Dennis Ausiello,
Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Medicine Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ramnik Xavier, Center for Computational & Integrative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute
Wayne Shreffler, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Food Allergy Center and Principle Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Pediatrician and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital

Reception to follow showcasing allergy-friendly specialties provided by:

Jody Adams, Rialto Restaurant and TRADE
Richard Vallente, Legal Seafoods
Whole Foods Market, River Street
Kickass Cupcakes
Rebecca Caras
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Estrella Damm DAURA Gluten-Free beer
90+ Cellars Wine

Note: Tastings and Cash Bar

This Cambridge Science Festival event was rescheduled from April 19 due to the Citywide shutdown and is brought to you by Let’s Talk About Food, in collaboration with the Museum of Science. Special thanks to Massachusetts General Hospital and The Boston Globe.

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