The allergic disorders, eczema, asthma, and hay fever, are the most common chronic diseases in childhood. The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased to epidemic dimensions over the past decades. In the industrialized countries, 25-30% of the population are affected.
We complement clinical phenotypes with precise molecular phenotypes to characterize underlying functional pathways. Enhanced understanding of how the interaction between environmental factors, genetics, and the immune system results in inflammation will enable the development of novel diagnostic and predictive clinical tools, and of targets for innovative therapies.