Dr. Järvinen-Seppo is the Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and holds the inaugural Founders' Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Allergy. She is the Director of the Center for Food Allergy, which is the FARE Clinical Network Center of Excellence, sponsored by the Food Allergy Research and Education. This is a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive care to families with food allergies including specialists in allergy, gastroenterology, dermatology, and counseling for dietary and psychologic aspects. Her clinical interests are focused on various types of food allergy, including immediate-type allergies, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease, food protein-induced enterocolitis, and allergic proctocolitis, as well as atopic dermatitis, anaphylaxis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and urticaria. Through her interest and research on human milk, she serves on the Executive Committee for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and on USDA-sponsored Dietary Guidance Development Project for Infants and Pregnant Mothers. She is also an active participant in the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training program.
Dr. Järvinen-Seppo is an Allergist and Immunologist at the Strong Memorial and Golisano Children's Hospitals. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She was trained at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City for a post-doctoral research fellowship and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She held faculty positions at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai followed by Albany Medical College before joining the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2014 to build the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Järvinen-Seppo directs an NIH-funded translational research program focused on developmental aspects of the infant systemic and mucosal immune system relating to mechanisms behind development of food allergy, atopic dermatitis and the whole atopic march. She is particularly interested in the role of maternal and infant environmental factors and breast milk composition in shaping the early infant immune system and uses human cohorts and laboratory bench research approaches to answer the mechanistic questions. She is also interested in antibody-mediated protection against respiratory and diarrheal diseases provided by breast milk in infants, funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her research has been published in leading medical journals and she is a regular speaker at local, national and international professional and community events.
Ruth Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Research
Sponsor: Dept. of Pediatrics, UR, Golisano Children's Hospital
NIH NIAID Physician Scientist Award
Third-Year Fellow-in-Training Research Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
AAAAI Jaffe Food Allergy Research Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
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Burris AD, Burris J, Järvinen KM. "Cow's Milk Protein Allergy in Term and Preterm Infants: Clinical Manifestations, Immunologic Pathophysiology, and Management Strategies." . 2020 Dec 0; 21(12):e795-e808.
Pace RM, Williams JE, Järvinen KM, Belfort MB, Pace CD, Lackey KA, Gogel AC, Nguyen-Contant P, Kanagaiah P, Fitzgerald T, Ferri R, Young B, Rosen-Carole C, Diaz N, Meehan C, Caffe B, Sangster MY, Topham DJ, McGuire MA, Seppo A, McGuire MK. "COVID-19 and human milk: SARS-CoV-2, antibodies, and neutralizing capacity." . 2020 Sep 18; Epub 2020 Sep 18.
Demers-Mathieu V, Do DM, Mathijssen GB, Sela DA, Seppo A, Järvinen KM, Medo E. "Correction: Difference in levels of SARS-CoV-2 S1 and S2 subunits- and nucleocapsid protein-reactive SIgM/IgM, IgG and SIgA/IgA antibodies in human milk." Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association.. 2020 Sep 16; Epub 2020 Sep 16.
Books & Chapters
Chapter Title: Breast- always best?
Book Title: Allergy, immunity and tolerance in early childhood: The first two thousand days of the Atopic March
Author List: Järvinen KM, Bergmann R.
Edited By: Wahn U, Sampson HA (eds).
Published By: Elsevier 2014
Chapter Title: Food-Induced Anaphylaxis
Book Title: Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity Reactions from Molecular Markers to Rapid Desensitizations.
Author List: Järvinen KM, Nowak-Wegrzyn A.
Edited By: Castells MC (ed).
Published By: Springer 2011 in New York
Chapter Title: IgA in human milk and development of cow's milk allergy in the breast-fed infant
Book Title: Integrating population outcomes, biological mechanisms and research methods in the study of human milk and lactation
Author List: Järvinen K-M, Laine S, Järvenpää A-L, Suomalainen H.
Edited By: Davis MK, Isaacs CE, Hanson LA, Wright AL (eds).
Published By: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2002 in New York
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