Stanford Allergy Center

About the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research

The Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research (SAFAR) is a worldwide leader in therapies and prevention for severe food allergies.  Under the leadership and vision of Dr. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, SAFAR brings together a broad network of team members, working across multiple disciplines, to achieve what seems like an impossible dream: a lasting therapy for food allergy.

Our Mission

SAFAR’s mission is to provide the best clinical care for our patients, and to develop new and safe therapies for food allergies. 

We work closely with families and the community, in addition to collaborating with members of the scientific and medical community.  We provide education, research, and community services for food allergic patients and their families.

Our Principles

Kari Nadeau

The program is focused around four principles:

Global Leaders in Medical Research

Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital recently approved an extraordinary plan to establish an interdisciplinary and integrated Food Allergy/Sensitivity Center at Stanford. By building the world’s leading food allergy center, Stanford will ensure first-rate and timely progress in the field of food allergy and food sensitivity diseases.

Bringing together top-ranked scientists, physician-scientists, and research teams at Stanford, the Center will focus on innovative and discovery-based research. Moreover, it will unite leaders from multiple disciplines—scientists, nurses, physicians, counselors and other health professionals—to concentrate on the cause, diagnosis, counseling of patients and families, and treatment of food allergies and sensitivities. 

Current Clinical and Research Activities

SAFAR currently leads or participates in many clinical trials to develop new therapies for food allergic disorders. Our studies include a wide range of patients, representing a diverse group of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. SAFAR offers equal opportunity to all people with food allergies, so long as they are eligible based on study parameters. For the latest information on trials currently being offered at Stanford and other institutions, please refer to:

Note: Please use the following search criteria (including the quotation marks, and the “AND”): “food allergy” AND “Stanford”.

Note: Please use the search criteria: food allergy and Nadeau.

SAFAR is also researching how genetics and environmental exposures cause food allergies. Since 2010, SAFAR has sampled over 80 pairs of identical twins for systems biology focused experiments to study food allergy differences.  Identical twins offer an incredible resource to study the effect of genes or the environment on diseases.

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