Boston Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Symposium for Parents

Talks by Boston Children’s Hospital Faculty Topics include food allergy managment in schools & restaurants, updates on food allergy research, coping with food allergies, understanding your rights in food allergies, and food allergy nutrition. Breakout sessions to include a track focused on Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

We Thank the Following Organizations for Their Support of the Food Allergy Symposium

You can visit their tables at the conference

Meeting Location

Meeting to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore in Danvers, MA. CoCo Key indoor waterpark is adjacent to the hotel if planning to bring along the family.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

In addition to the main programming, during the breakout we will offer 2 hour session focused on eosinophilic esophagitis including nutrition and medical management by members of our Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases Program

Food Allergy Vendors

Have the opportunity to sample and learn about food allergy friendly foods and products from local and national vendors.

Are you a vendor interested in exhibiting? Contact us at

This program is brought to you by Boston Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Food Allergy Program and the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Program

This program was funded in part by Nutricia and FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Schedule of Talks (Subject to Change)
Talks by Boston Children’s Hospital faculty on a range of topics.


  • 8:00 AM – Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM – Welcome & Introduction – John Lee, MD
  • 9:00 AM – Involving Children in Food Allergy Management: Strategies at Different Developmental Stages – Jenny LeBovidge, PhD
  • 10:00 AM – Food Allergy Management in Schools – Michael Pistiner, MD
  • 11:00 AM – – Updates in Food Allergy Research – Rima Rachid, MD
  • 12:00 PM – Buffet Lunch Break
  • 1 PM – 2:40 PM – BREAKOUT SESSIONS – More details below – includes track for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • 2:40 – 3:00 PM – Afternoon Break
  • 3:00 PM – The Right to Live in the World – Case Law and Food Allergy – Laurel Francoeur, Esq & Mary Vargas, Esq
  • 4:00 PM – Managing Food Allergies: Learning from Common Misperceptions and Missteps – John Lee, MD

Breakout Sessions:

  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis Talks (2 Hour Session)
    • John Lee, MD (Allergy) & Peter Ngo, MD (Gastroenterology)
    • Food: Friend or Foe? – Tara McCarthy, MS, RDN (Nutrition)
    • Ask the Experts – John Lee, MD, Tara McCarthy, MS, RDN, & Peter Ngo, MD
    • Breakout sessions: (1 pm – 1:45 pm)
      • Coping with Parent and Child Anxiety about Food Allergy – Jenny LeBovidge, PhD & Michael Pistiner, MD
      • Feeding implications in children with food allergies: Treatment approaches and strategies for parents – Taryn Cronin, MS, CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist)
      • Staying Balanced: Meal planning, recipe substitution and meeting nutrition needs with food allergies – Wendy Elverson RDN, LDN (Nutrition)
      • Dorm Rooms & Dining Plans: Planning for College with Food Allergies – Marie Malloy (FARE)
    • Breakout sessions: (1:50 pm – 2:40 pm)

Research Studies & Events from Boston Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program

Breast Milk Study: Are you a breastfeeding mother age 18-45?

The Division of Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital is conducting a research study to understand the role of breast milk in the development of food allergy in children. We are looking for breastfeeding moms willing to participate by giving 1-2 samples of breast milk that will be used for further research in understanding the development of food allergy in children.

To participate, you must be currently breastfeeding, 18-45 years old and with or without a personal or family history of allergies (food allergy, environmental allergy, eczema, or asthma)

What does participation involve?

  • Providing 1 or 2 breast milk samples at Boston Children’s Hospital, before and after eating egg or peanut if you or your child(ren) have no food allergies. If any of your child(ren) are allergic, providing 1 breast milk sample after eating your regular diet
  • Completing a questionnaire, and
  • Providing a blood sample

$25 gift card will be given per sample provided.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Tess Buccigrosso:
– 857-218-3595

Why Do We or Do We NOT Develop Food Allergies?

A Study by Boston Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program to better understand the relationship between our body and bacteria in our gut.

Food allergy is a frequent problem in young children and has become more and more common. Evidence suggests that the bacteria in the digestive system might be related to who develops food allergies and who does not. We need healthy infants with and WITHOUT food allergies, aged 1 week to 12 months, to participate in our study as allergic subjects or healthy controls. This study involves answering questionnaires and providing up to 9 samples of your child’s stool over 3 years as well. We can pick up the samples, so no visit to clinic or hospital necessary.

If you live within a 1 hour drive of Boston Children’s and are interested in having your child participate, please contact Will Secor
– 617-355-4874