Katharine M. Woessner, MD, is the head of the Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Scripps Clinic Medical Group in San Diego, US.
If you were to name the 3 most important recent advances in the fields of allergy and immunology that are relevant for everyday practice, what would they be?
I think the 3 most important developments lately have been the early introduction of peanut for children under the age of 1 year; to introduce peanut has greatly reduced the incidence of peanut allergy.
Secondly, [there] would be the advancement of biologic therapies for patients with asthma, hereditary angioedema, and nasal polyps. That’s been a game changer.
And then, finally, [there] would be understanding the genetics behind a lot of primary immune deficiencies, because it’s allowed for much more specific therapy.