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Design of new dosage forms for oral administration of immunotherapy for the treatment of food allergy to peanuts

Lead Researcher:
Marta Ferrer Puga 

Research Centre:
University Clinic of Navarra. University of Navarra. (Spain).

Marta FerrerFood allergy to peanuts is the leading cause of anaphylactic reactions and fatal reactions, and its prevalence is increasing in children. The only available treatment is to avoid ingestion. Faced with this situation, the most attractive treatment is desensitising immunotherapy. The main objective of the project is the design of new dosage forms for oral administration of immunotherapy for the treatment of food allergy to peanuts, for which we will develop a peanut allergy mouse model and consider the degree of protection afforded by such formulations against anaphylactic reaction induced in the animal model. In parallel, the aim is to define the profile of sensitisation to peanut components in the population of our country and compare it with the clinical symptoms presented.


2 articles published in Journals
1 paper at national conferences   
5 papers at international conferences

Marta Ferrer Puga
Director of the Department of Allergies, University Hospital, she is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Navarre.

Allergy Specialist at the University Hospital. Dr. Ferrer underwent her postdoctoral training at the Division of Allergy at New York State University. Subsequently, she joined the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she remained until she joined the Clinic.

Winner of the Special Doctorate Prize from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarre, highlights in her career include research into chronic hives, together with Prof. Kaplan, describing the mechanism of this autoimmune disease. At present she is researching pharmaceutical forms for immunotherapy.

Dr. Ferrer is a member of the Urticaria and Angioedema committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology and a member-at-large of the Skin Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

She is also involved in Educational Innovation in Medicine, introducing teaching methods into her Faculty such as Problem-Based Learning and Simulation. She teaches on the Macy Institute course entitled "Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education" at Harvard University Medical School.


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