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Dr. Wanda Phipatanakul, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director/Principal Investigator (PI) of the NIH funded Asthma/Allergy Clinical Research Center at Boston Children’s Hospital received her medical degree at Loma Linda University in California. She did her pediatric residency Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles allergy fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, before taking a faculty position at Harvard, where she received a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Phipatanakul leads her own school and home-based community inner-city asthma studies and is Boston Pediatric PI of NIH funded asthma clinical research networks tackling practice management knowledge gaps. She also utilizes the knowledge from these clinical research studies to provide evidence-based care for her patients, whom she sees primarily at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research interests also include early interventions in young children, particularly prevention, immunologic/biologics, and other interventions targeted towards the allergic, asthma pathway. She will be leading in the near future a 7 year, multi- center NIH asthma prevention grant evaluating anti-IgE therapy in at risk toddlers, and leads the Boston Site on another multi-center primary prevention study utilizing killed bacterial lysate in babies. She was also recently awarded as Boston site PI on validation instruments in asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and chronic diseases. Dr. Phipatanakul’s long-standing relationship with community, comprehensively evaluating the role of school-specific exposures and asthma, allergies, and food allergies allows her to work towards incorporating public policy and school-based asthma/allergy management initiatives. She has published over 150 articles in various scientific journals, and leads the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) Environmental Occupational Respiratory Disorders Interest Section and the AAAAI Interest Section Coordinating Committee. Her main passion is teaching and mentoring, and she was awarded mentoring awards from the Thai Association Physician Foundation, Harvard Medical School, the Pediatric Academic Society, and holds a mid-career NIH mentoring award to support her teaching and mentoring efforts.
Dr. William Sheehan is a physician in the Allergy and Immunology Division at Boston Children's Hospital. He is also an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the Principal Investigators for the AVICA trial (Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen in Children with Asthma). In addition to asthma, his research focuses on environmental exposures and food allergies. He currently receives research funding from the NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).