HOW CAN MEDICAL RESEARCH HELP?
Research on hay fever is proceeding on several fronts. Scientists are conducting what happens to the body in allergic disease. By knowing how this process works, they can devise ways to prevent sensitization to allergens or to prevent allergic symptoms. Meanwhile, clinical researchers are seeking better immunotherapy materials and methods as well as more effective drugs with fewer side effects. To speed the process of applying the findings from laboratory research to the treatment of allergy patients, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports a network of Asthma and Allergic Disease Centers throughout the United States. At the centers, laboratory scientists work closely with clinical allergy specialists to expand our knowledge of allergic disease. Regulating IgE Antibody A basic approach to the treatment of allergy is to prevent the immune system cells from making significant amounts of IgE antibody. NIAID-supported investigators are studying a number o