- We have established a panel of
clinical, basic, psychosocial researchers, and lay people. This panel
consists of members from across Canada with experience in immunological,
molecular, clinical, psychosocial aspects of anaphylaxis. Their function
is to develop a template for research submissions, to evaluate the
merits of these submissions, establish the amount of funding to be
allotted and recommend this to the board for approval. Applications for
funding should be directed to: Dr. L. Mandell c/o AFC marked
CONFIDENTIAL - RESEARCH APPLICATIONS. A copy of the Submission Forms is
located on the Medical Review/Research Page.
- We hosted the first international
scientific symposium on anaphylaxis, on November 13th 1999.
It was a forum for medical
and scientific experts to discuss cutting edge research and
collaborative projects. Subjects included “Mast Cells and Anaphylaxis” Dr. Dean Metcalfe,
NIAID/Laboratory of Allergic Disease, “Threshold Doses: How Much is too Much?”, Dr.
Steve Taylor, University of Nebraska, “Anaphylaxis: From Bench to Bedside”, Dr.
Lawrence Schwartz, Virginia commonwealth University, “Basic Science of
Anaphylaxis”, Dr. Ulrich Blank, Institut Pasteur, “Food Anaphylaxis”,
Dr. Wesley Burks, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, “Psychosocial Studies”,
Dr. Deena Mandell, Wilfrid Laurier University/Faculty of Social Work
& Ruth Curtis, M.S.W. , Hospital for Sick Children. Limited copies of speakers notes
- We hope to provide a standard for
the education of medical practitioners and other health care providers
in the diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis. We also work with other
professional and industry organizations such as the CSACI, FCPMC and
CFIA, to improve the understanding of anaphylaxis and support needed to
assist the anaphylactic individual. Chairperson: Dr. Milton Gold
Liaison with industry
- We work with industry to share the
concerns of the AFC as well as solicit the views of the Canadian Food
Industry on anaphylactic topics and issues of mutual interests.
Chairperson: Duff Steele
Liaison with government
- We provide scientific opinions and
consultation to all levels of government on policies and standards that
will affect the anaphylactic individual. We lobby for government support
of positions and projects that are evidence-based. Chairperson:
Liaison with Anaphylaxis
Network of Canada and allergy groups
- We provide medical information,
advice and research to the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada and other
allergy groups and collaborate on projects of mutual interest.
Chairperson: Dr. Jane Salter
Liaison with the Canadian
Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI)
- We communicate with the CSACI and
develop collaborative projects that will improve the life of the
anaphylactic individual and ultimately lead to a cure. Chairperson: Dr.
- We co-operate a non-medical anaphylaxis data base (The
Registry) in partnership with the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada. We hope
to gain valuable information through the analysis of this data.
Registry (non medical): Marilyn Allen, Dr. Jane Salter
Editorial and Endorsement
- We hope to provide expert
commentary and set standards for the evaluation of endorsement submissions
for position papers, publications, articles, and product development
(currently in organizational stage).
- We provide clear and concise media
information that will advance anaphylaxis education, awareness,
diagnosis and management and promote fundraising initiatives.
Chairperson: Dr. Peter Vadas
- We organize and administer all
initiatives directed at the solicitation of financial support for all
AFC objectives. See Fundraising Page for current
information. Chairperson: Marilyn Allen