Advisory Board

Clare Mills BSc, BSc (Hon), PHD

Professor of Molecular Allergology, University of Manchester

  • Led the EU integrated projects iFAAM and EuroPrevall
  • Coordinates the European Food Safety Authority project ThrAll

Brian Vickery MD

Associate Professor, Allergy & Immunology, Emory University

  • Founding Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Vice-Chair of the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee in the AAAAI
  • Chief Medical Advisor for Patient Experience to FARE
  • Member of FARE’s Outcomes Research Advisory Board
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Dr. Brian Vickery is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and the founding Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Over the last 11 years he has led productive and consistently funded patient-oriented research teams focused on translational therapeutic development for IgE-mediated food allergies, work spanning preclinical murine models to Phase 3 trials. With the first new therapies poised for FDA approval and translation into clinical care, he is now particularly interested in the intersection of translational and outcomes research in generating rational, evidence-driven treatment strategies that maximize benefit/risk and improve patient-centered outcomes.

Research Group(s)
Food Allergy Center @ Emory+Children’s →

Primary Center
Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research (CF-AIR) →

Affiliate Center(s)
Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) →
Children’s Center for Immunity and Applied Genomics (CIAG) →
Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH) →

Montserrat Fernẚndez-Rivas MD, PhD, Allergist

Head Allergy Department, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid

  • Associate Professor Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Head of the Research group in Allergy of the IdISSC
  • Previous Chair of the EAACI Task Force on Allergen Immunotherapy for IgE mediated Food Allergy
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Medical Degree in 1985- Bilbao, Universidad del Pais Vasco.
PhD Degree in Medicine. Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid), 1995.
Specialisation in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal,
Madrid 1986-89.
Master in Methodology in Clinical Research, Universidad Autónoma Madrid, 1998.
Master in Clinical Management, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona School of
Management, 2012.

Current position: Head Allergy Department, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid (since
2013). Associate Professor Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (since
2013). Head of the Research group in Allergy of the IdISSC (Instituto de Investigación
Sanitaria San Carlos).
Previous positions as allergist at Allergy Departments of Hospital Clínico San Carlos
(2005-2012), Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón (1999-2005), Hospital Ntra Sra
de Sonsoles de Avila (1995-1999) and Hospital Virgen del Valle de Toledo (1991-
1994).

Active research work in the field of food allergy, and specifically in food allergens,
diagnosis, epidemiology, severity, food safety and immunotherapy of food allergy. She
has participated as principal investigator in food allergy research projects funded by the
Spanish Government, in the Spanish research Networks ARADyAL (2016-2021) and
Vegetalia, in several integrated projects funded by the European Commission under 6th
and 7th Framework Programs (SAFE, CREATE, EuroPrevall, FAST, iFAAM), and in
clinical trials of oral immunotherapy for food allergy.

2015-2017: Chair of the EAACI Task Force on Allergen Immunotherapy for IgE
mediated Food Allergy
2013-2015: Chair of the EAACI Interest Group in Food Allergy
2011-2017: Board member of the EAACI Interest Group in Food Allergy
2003-2010: Chair of the Food Allergy Committee of the Spanish Society of Allergology
and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC).

2006-2010: member at large of the Executive Committee of the SEAIC

Recipient of the 2019 Clemens von Pirquet award of the EAACI.

She has published more than 200 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed
journals, and given over 100 lectures at international and Spanish meetings of Allergy.
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Barbara K. Ballmer-Weber MD

Associate Professor of the Medical Faculty, University Zürich

  • Head of Allergology – Clinic of Dermatology and Allergology Kantonsspital St. Gallen
  • Allergy research and teaching Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Zürich

Ronald Van Ree PhD

Professor of the Amsterdam University Medical Center

  • Full Professor of Molecular and Translational Allergology
  • Head of the Allergy Research Group at the Departments of Experimental Immunology and of Otorhinolaryngology.
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Ronald van Ree is Professor of Molecular and Translational Allergology at the Department of Experimental Immunology and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location AMC, in The Netherlands.

His research group focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of allergic sensitization and the role of allergen structure and exogenous environmental, microbial and dietary factors in this process. Epidemiology of food allergy, in and outside Europe, has been at the center of his attention for the last two decades. Other areas of interest are component-resolved diagnosis, allergen standardization of diagnostic and therapeutic allergen products, and the development of innovative AIT approaches for the treatment of respiratory and food allergies, using recombinant and nano-technologies and novel adjuvants.