Research into Allergy

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There is a large ongoing research project directed at understanding the mechanisms involved in the different allergic diseases. The objective is to develop more sensitive and specific diagnostic tests, as well as more effective treatments.

In the area of ​​diagnosis, more sophisticated laboratory tests (micromatrix platforms) are being developed to study a greater amount of substances and specifically identify the proteins responsible (allergens) for the reactions. This fact will allow for more precise risk stratification, allowing to differentiate those patients who are at risk of developing new reactions from those who simply have positive tests but who will never react.

Regarding treatment, the research is aimed at the development of specific immunotherapy ("vaccines") more effective and with simpler and shorter administration guidelines. Likewise, a large number of biological treatments are being developed that are aimed at strategically blocking certain cells and immunoglobulins that are key to the development of allergic reactions. This fact represents a great advance in the control and prevention of allergic diseases.

Substantiated information by:

Joan Bartra Tomàs
Rosa Maria Muñoz Cano

Published: 24 July 2019
Updated: 24 July 2019

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