Food allergy threatens the lives of more than 220 million people worldwide, and two-thirds of sufferers are children. Yet despite this massive—and growing—public health issue, we don’t understand the biological basis of the disease. As a result, we cannot effectively prevent, diagnose, or treat it.

The Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI) at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard seeks to change this dire situation by filling in key gaps in our knowledge about food allergy. Our interdisciplinary team is applying breakthrough technologies to understand our bodies’ response to food at the cellular and molecular level for the first time—and to reveal what goes awry in food allergy. Revealing this fundamental knowledge will allow us to propel progress in the food allergy field, catalyzing the development of new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments.

We invite you to learn more about FASI below.