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Food Allergy

Pediatric Food Allergy: Dealing with the Skepticism


  • Food allergy is an immune reaction to a protein in a particular food.

  • This panel discussion focuses first on allergic reaction types, its symptoms and signs and most common allergens.

  • Guidelines of diagnosis and management will be introduced.



Date: 10-13 April 2019

Duration: 1 hour

Panel discussion moderator:

Doaa Genena, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Egypt.

         Speaking about:

  • The Elimination Diet: Is there any nutritional risk on following such a diet?
  • What about the rotation diets, are they clinically useful?

Panel discussion speakers:

  • Sanaa Youssef, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition, Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Speaking about:

  • Food allergy /food intolerance/ food sensitivity: are they the same?
  • The clinical relevance of adverse reactions to food (ARFs) should be carefully assessed and evaluated, why?
  • Can the early diet and immunomodulatory Factors play a role in food allergy prevention? Would you please explain?
  • Mohamed Elmalky, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology, Head of Pediatric Immunology Unit, Zagazig University, Egypt.

Speaking about:

  • What are the types of allergic reactions? List the Top Allergens.
  • In Allergic individuals, are the symptoms in response to the same food usually the same?
  • From your experience, which test is the best for the diagnosis of food Allergy? (Prick test (SPT) / serum-specific Immunoglobulin/Sublingual testing/ Provocation testing and neutralization/ oral food challenge or component resolved diagnosis (CRD) etc.
  • Ayman Emil, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Head of Pediatric GI Unit, Cairo University, Egypt.

Speaking about:

  • Would you please clarify if there is a link between microbiota and food allergy? Are there any other risk factors?
  • If you want to give a short advice about healing the gut and restoring Immune Balance: What is the Dos and Don’ts?
  • It was previously thought that most children would "outgrow" their food allergies by 3 years of age; is this the case?

Speaking about:

  1. What do you think about the nutritional value of genetically modified organism (GMO)?
  2. Scientists say GMO foods are safe but public skepticism remains, Are genetically modified foods safe?
  3. GMO and Food Allergy is there a link?
  • Ehab Khayry, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition, Head of Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Unit, Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Speaking about:

  1. Can you remind the audience with the basics for management of anaphylaxis?
  2. Emerging Therapies- Where’s the Science? Are they currently implemented in Egypt?
  3. Can we do something, and if yes, what can we do?