Speakers 2018

We are excited to announce our 2018 #FABlogCon Speakers! 

We will be adding to this as we confirm agenda and speakers for 2018 so please check back in! 

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome to our event this year:

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Dr. George du Toit is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. George is Senior Co-Investigator on the NIH-funded LEAP-Trio studies aimed at further understanding the prevention of peanut allergy through early peanut consumption. George is Investigator on the EAT-On Studies as well as studies aimed at the treatment of Peanut Allergy. George is lead clinician for the Children’s Drug Allergy and Urticaria service at St Thomas’.



IMG_8224Dr. Carina Venter is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research and working with children and adults with a range of food allergies. Previously, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is currently the chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, and member of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ACAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). She is a registered dietician in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.  She has had numerous publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity.  She moved from the UK in 2015 where she had been performing research into food allergies and allergy prevention as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.  She was a member of the EAACI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention, as well as Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy.  She was also a member of the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines. Since her arrival in the US, she was appointed to the expert panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention GuidelinesIn her free time, she loves to blog on https://carinaventeronline.wordpress.comand she is a top twitter allergy activist at most international allergy meetings (@VenterCarina).

Liu,Edwin (060) 2017Dr. Edwin Liu Dr. Liu’s special area of interest is in celiac disease, particularly as it is associated with associated autoimmune conditions. As director of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease, he works to evaluate and treat individuals with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. One area of expertise in this field is in the pediatric screening and diagnosis of celiac disease in groups considered to be at risk. Collaborators in the Center include The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and also the Sie Center for Down Syndrome. We are involved in the DAISY (Diabetes Autoimmunity Study of the Young) and the TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) studies, which are long-term prospective birth cohorts being followed for the development of type 1 diabetes and celiac disease due to a genetic risk identified at birth. One major goal of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease is to provide children and families diagnosed with celiac disease the tools to transition to a gluten-free lifestyle as seamlessly as possible, and to maintain optimal health long-term. The other major goal is to understand the significance of celiac disease autoimmunity and celiac disease particularly as it applies to those who are screening-identified.

Fleischer,David (011) 2014Dr. David Fleischer completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1992, medical degree training at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1997, and both Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in 2005Dr. Fleischer is currently the Associate Section Head of the Section of Allergy at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CHCO and the University of Colorado Denver School of MedicineDr. Fleischer’s primary clinical interest is food allergy. His research has focused on the natural history of food allergy and novel treatments for food allergy, including oral, sublingual, and epicutaneous immunotherapies. He is the Global PI for the pivotal Phase III peanut epicutaneous immunotherapy trial that is being conducted at more than 30 sites across the world. Hhas been involved in several projects examining the primary prevention of allergy, including as a member of the 2015-16 National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Expert Panel that updated the 2010 NIAID Food Allergy Guidelines on the topic of the Prevention of Peanut Allergy. He is Co-Director of the Food Challenge and Research Unit at CHCOand he will co-direct the new Allergy and Immunology Center at CHCO when it opens in January 2018. Dr. Fleischer has authored many original, peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters on food allergy and food allergy treatment. He is the Chair for the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee and a Fellow of the AAAAI and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

 Caroline Moassessi founder of the Gratefulfoodie blog, and confesses to talking to anyone not moving fast enough about food allergies and asthma. She speaks and works on a local and national level to raise awareness, change laws and make change through policy and education. Retired from her leading and founding her local support group, Caroline is the Product Editor for Allergic Living Magazine and adores all advocacy work involving speaking to legislators and policy makers. She is currently working part-time for the Healthy Nevada Project, a large-scale health population study. She has served on several local and regional non-profit boards and never turns down good chocolate. Caroline currently manages peanut, tree nut and sesame allergies in her household and lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and teenage daughter while her son enjoys college in sunny California.

headshotBrianna Hobbs  has been sharing gluten-free recipes on her blog, Flippin’ Delicious, for over 6 years. She loves creating gluten-free, allergy-friendly snack-worthy meals and treats that taste just like her childhood favorites. Brianna has managed social media for her blog as well as an admired regional restaurant and other brands. You can follow her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Cindy HeadshotCindy Gordon is the creator of Vegetarian Mamma and is a foodie who loves to blog about gluten-free vegetarian recipes. Her family also focuses on foods that are peanut, tree nut, dairy, and gluten-free. Her family is dedicated to finding/creating recipes and products that fit their allergy needs. Cindy resides in Ohio with her husband and two boys (born in 2007 and 2010). She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, gardening, wine and cooking! Cindy is the author to two cookbooks: Gluten Free Fork and The Dessert Fork both available on amazon. Cindy is a contributor to Gluten Free and More Magazine as well as a freelance writer for many food brands. Connect with her at VegetarianMamma.com or on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Erica DermerErica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged goods, marketing, and branding in the specialty diets industry. It also helps that she’s a self-proclaimed terrible cook, so she relies on many gluten-free products to help her get through her day without burning down the kitchen. She uses humor to get through her diagnosis and living gluten-free in a world full of wheat. As a celiac and gluten-free advocate, her aim is to educate the world about celiac disease and the importance of this wonderful “less than 20ppm” universe we live in. She has partnered with her non-celiac significant other, who not only designs gluten-free themed merchandise for Celiac and the Beast, but is a key taste-tester for the brand. Her first book, “Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes, and a Broken Digestive Tract” was released in October 2013 and highlights her life with a celiac disease diagnosis and what she’s learned along the way.

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Sara Smoler Originally from the Midwest, Sara was one of the first cases diagnosed for celiac disease at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Growing up gluten-free, Sara has experienced and seen firsthand the challenges and opportunities with gluten-free products in the market. During her time in Michigan, Sara was an active member of the Tri-County Celiac Support Group, and advocated for legislation regarding strict food labeling in public schools at the State Capitol. Since moving to New York City, Sara is most recently expanding her gluten free network through Celiac & The City a local activation and support group to raise awareness and research funding for celiac disease. She counts the Sprinkles Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcake as one of her favorite GF indulgences.

Kortney - Allergy Girl Eats - FEB18Kortney Kwong Hing is the blogger behind Allergy Girl Eats (www.allergygirleats.com), a food allergy blog about living with anaphylaxis and multiple food allergies. Kortney’s blog explores the ups, downs, and the situations that you may find yourself in when managing food allergies, from dining out to foodie adventures in Paris. She also provides allergy friendly recipes and general tips for managing food allergies as an adult. Kortney’s parents never let her allergies stand in the way and travelled with her right from the get go. At 16 she did a three month student exchange in France, and has since studied in Italy and the UK. Kortney currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

unnamedAllie Bahn is the blogger behind Miss Allergic Reactor (www.missallergicreactor.com), a food allergy lifestyle and travel blog. She has lived with numerous life-threatening food allergies, environmental allergies, and asthma since childhood. She was raised by parents who understood a child’s need for independence. By teaching her self-reliance, Allie discovered how to be adventurous and travel the world without letting her food allergies inhibit her. Allie is a freelance writer who has been featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times. She is a licensed elementary school teacher, with her Masters in Education and her Bachelors in Journalism. Allie writes “Allergy Travel with Allie,” a column for Allergic Living Magazine.Visit her website to read more about Allie and catch her weekly “Tuesday Travel Tips”.

unspecified-2Stephanie Lowe From Northeast Ohio, Stephanie Lowe is a food allergy advocate, and community thought leader. She is the founder of Turn It Teal for Food Allergies, a global project committed to raising food allergy awareness by lighting buildings, monuments and bridges around the world.  She has been a community host for local and national food allergy forums and a support group co-leader as well as advocated locally and nationally, taking her all the way to Washington DC.  Helping her child manage multiple life-threatening, a gluten-free diet due to Celiac disease and FPIES lead her to her advocacy work.  Along with keeping up with the latest developments in the allergy and Celiac world, the Mom of 3 enjoys plotting out family trips that include visits to baseball parks and allergy friendly restaurants and bakeries.

img_0003_0Sharon Wong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two teenaged sons. She’s a food allergy advocate and Nut Free Asian recipe blogger at Nut Free Wok. She was inspired by attending the inaugural FABlogCon that people really want to enjoy nut free Asian food and launched her blog with a lot of support from like-minded advocates and bloggers. Sharon has been a food allergy mom since 2006, juggling asthma, eczema, and environmental allergies as well. She has helped with local food allergy walk events in her community and supported California’s stock epi legislation. Sharon’s son successfully completed a peanut patch trial and an OIT follow up study, both of which have been life-changing for him. Sharon loves to spend time with her family and friends, with special consideration for people who will play mahjong, enjoy escape rooms, or eat durian with her.

HeadshotSara2Sara De Leeuw  is a culinary instructor, freelance writer and professional recipe developer. She is the writer and creator of the blog “My Imperfect Kitchen!”  When she’s not blogging, she teaches private cooking classes, hosts live cooking demos and serves a food judge for local, national and international food competitions. Sara’s family includes a grandson with dairy allergies and future daughter-in-law’s with corn allergies, gluten allergies and dairy allergies as well. She is learning to navigate the complexities and challenges of creating meals everyone in the family can enjoy together! Sara’s new cookbook, The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook” is now available. She lives in Ontario, California

Bonacci Headshot 500pxlJane Bonacci is a cookbook author and the founder and author of The Heritage Cook blog. She is an expert in gluten-free baking and cooking, a professional food writer, recipe developer, editor, and tester. Her latest cookbook, “The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook” is available at online booksellers. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.