Kang Chen, Ph.D., Leads WSU’s $1.93m Study Tacking Early Infant Morbidity Associated with Growing Incidence of Food Allergies

Kang Chen, Ph.D., Leads WSU's $1.93m Study Tacking Early Infant Morbidity Associated with Growing Incidence of Food Allergies

An associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine just secured a $1.93 million, five-year grant, thanks to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study will focus on the impact of maternal immunoglobulin D (IgD) transferred to the fetus during pregnancy and its impact on protecting against food allergies. Led by Kang Chen, Ph.D., the study titled “Mechanism and function of transplacental IgD” investigates the challenges of early infant morbidity due to a growing number of food allergies.

TrialSite offers a brief breakdown of this important study led by Dr. Kang Chen at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

What’s the key medical problem or need here?

Food allergies are a major cause of neonatal morbidity. Food allergies also significantly affect young infants; they can be serious or fatal and are associated with long-term morbidity, imposing heavy social and economic burdens. Unfortunately, no effective treatment is currently available for neonatal food allergies, except avoiding or replacing the offending food, which is often impossibl...

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