April 4, 2011

Pediatric immunologist receives prestigious ARTrust Award

The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology has bestowed its prestigious ARTrust award on Johns Hopkins Children’s Center immunologist Pamela Guerrerio for her ongoing research in the field of allergy and immunology.

The mission of the academy’s Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Education and Research Trust is to find treatments and cures for the millions of people suffering from allergies, asthma and related disorders of the immune system by supporting scientists who conduct innovative research.

Given annually, the award provides $300,000 over three years to outstanding scientists who work toward improving treatments and discovering new therapies for allergy, asthma and other immunologic disorders.

“This award is a great honor, and it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving scientist,” said Robert Wood, director of Allergy and Immunology at Hopkins Children’s. “Dr. Guerrerio’s promising investigation into the basic mechanisms of food allergy development, as well as into the genetic and environmental causes of the disease, has provided us with fascinating new clues that have already illuminated novel potential treatments for food allergy and other allergic diseases.”

Guerrerio received a doctorate in human genetics and a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins. She joined the faculty in 2009.