BAR HARBOR – A physician who is revolutionizing the treatment of children with severe food allergies will lead the MDI Science Café on Monday, July 21, at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. Kari Nadeau, M.D., Ph.D., will also give a talk at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove on Tuesday, July 22.
Dr. Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy. An associate professor of pediatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research (SAFAR), she has had notable success in desensitizing children to their food allergens.
Both the NBC Nightly News and the New York Times Magazine have featured Dr. Nadeau’s work with highly allergic children, with the Times calling her “the allergy buster.” Her research laboratory at Stanford studies the mechanisms involved in food allergies to better understand how to prevent and cure the disease. She is currently leading clinical studies in which children with multiple food allergies are given carefully measured doses of the foods that make them ill in a hospital setting, with promising results.
Dr. Nadeau’s science café talk on July 21, “Food Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At,” will begin at 5 p.m. The MDI Science Cafés, a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory, offer the public an opportunity to hear from leading scientists in a relaxed setting. Presentations are in plain English, questions are welcome, and refreshments are available.
On July 22 at 4:00 p.m., Dr. Nadeau will give the annual Helen FitzGerald Cserr lecture in the MDI Biological Laboratory’s Maren Auditorium. Her talk is titled “Bucking the Status Quo: A New Approach for Treating Life-threatening Allergies.” Members of the public are invited. There is no charge for either event.
For more information, visit www.mdibl.org/events or call 207.288-3147.