Texas Tech University

Professors Receive $3.3 Million Grant to Develop Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy

By: Amanda Bowman 

Gill and Shakya are inventors of the microneedle patch technology used in this studyWith Halloween candy inundating store shelves all over the nation, schools and day care centers are emphasizing their strict “no peanut products allowed” policies at a fever pitch. According to The Peanut Institute, only 0.6 to 1 percent of people have a peanut allergy, ranging from mild to severe. That may seem like an insignificant percentage, but that means 46-78 million people are affected worldwide.

Three faculty members from Texas Tech University are working toward eliminating peanut allergies through a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).