An icon in the field of allergy and immunology
Allergies are one of the most common causes of chronic illness. For many, quality of life is negatively affected, while for others risks of exposure can mean severe or even fatal reactions. Early in the allergy epidemic, Dr. Simons led an interdisciplinary team that conducted landmark investigations to establish the scientific basis for use of new medications that have since become safe and effective treatment for allergic diseases worldwide. With colleagues in immunology, Dr. Simons elucidated important mechanisms of human interactions with the environment that lead to allergen sensitization and allergic disease, and investigated new approaches to immune modulation.