CHOP Physician Awarded International Pediatric GI Grant

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Lisa M. Fahey, MD, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was awarded one of the prestigious 2016 World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Young Investigator Travel Grants. This international award is bestowed upon professionals based on the scientific merit and potential impact of research projects.

Fahey was a co-author of a project called, The Correlation Between TSLP Risk Alleles and Food Allergen Disease Triggers in Pediatric Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

Authors: Lisa M. Fahey, MD; Shaobo Guan; Chris Liacouras, MD; Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD; Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD; Patrick Abou-Sleiman, PhD; Antonella Cianferoni, MD, PhD

Fahey conducted a retrospective clinical study establishing that the presence of the thymic stromal lymphopoietin risk allele is associated with having multiple eosinophilic esophagitis food allergen triggers and an increased prevalence of atopy in children with eosinophilic esophagitis. This genotypic-phenotypic correlation is a critical and novel finding that may result in more targeted and optimized therapy for pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis.

The project was also awarded as a 2016 World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Poster of Distinction. 

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