Stop Anaphylaxis! Food Allergy Campaign
More than 17 million people in Europe suffer from food allergies, with 3.5 million younger than 25 years. The sharpest increase is seen in children and young people, especially in the number of life-threatening allergic reactions in children. The number of hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions in children increased 7-fold in the last 10 years.
In light of these worrying statistics, EAACI, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology launched its Stop Anaphylaxis! Food Allergy Campaign in June 2012. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the sharp increase of anaphylaxis in children, an allergic reaction that is severe and potentially life-threatening.
In this podcast, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed Dr. Antonella Muraro, EAACI Treasurer and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Campaign Chair, about the campaign. The podcast was recorded at The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, which was held in Nice, France from 7th to 9th February 2013.
About the speaker
Dr. Maria Antonella Muraro
Dr. Maria Antonella Muraro is a Medical Doctor and Consultant in Pediatric Allergy at the Paediatric Department of the University Hospital of Padua and Head of the Referral Centre for Food Allergy of Venetian Region, Italy.
From 2007 to 2009 she was the President of the Paediatric Section of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). In 2009 she became a member of the Board of Officers and was appointed Treasurer. Dr. Muraro is also the President of the Task Force on Anaphylaxis in Children and in 2007, published a Position Paper on the Treatment of Anaphylaxis in Children. Additionally, she is chair of the Task Force for the European Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines and chair of the EAACI Anaphylaxis awareness Campaign. She was Chair of the Task Force on the Allergic Child at School which published their recommendations in 2010.
The main aims of Dr. Muraro’s research include: identification of precocious markers for the diagnosis of allergic diseases in children, phenotypes of food allergy and anaphylactic shock. Furthermore, she is researching new protocols for children who are severely affected by anaphylaxis to foods. She is leading a project of a regional based surveillance for anaphylaxis of patients recovered in emergency rooms in hospitals of the Venetian Region of Italy. A study is also ongoing to evaluate food allergies in children at school in the Venetian Region, as well as, a survey on the quality of life of patients with food allergies in collaboration with Food Allergy Italia the national patient’s association.
She is author of numerous publications in National and International Journals with a high impact factors on Paediatric Allergology.
For more information about the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Stop Anaphylaxis! Food Allergy Campaign, click here
Access the EACCI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Public Declaration here