6th Annual Food Allergy Symposium

Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:00am – 1pm

United Way Community Resource Conference Center 
50 Waugh Drive, Houston TX 77007

On-site parking is free

About the Event

The Food Allergy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to present our 6th annual symposium to educate the public, share research, discuss practical strategies and provide a forum for the food allergy families in the greater Houston area to hear from experts and connect with one another. 



$5 per individual or $10 per family

Featured Speakers

Jamison Vulopas

Author and Food Allergy Activist & National Speaker


I’m J.J., and I am 2019 college graduate living with food allergies. I’ve created this blog for two reasons: 1) to create an authentic resource for parents of children with food allergies and 2) to strengthen the emotional well-being of young people by empowering them to define themselves by who they are and who they can be, instead of by who they’re not! Bon Appétit!





Pooja Varshney, MD

Physician, Section of Pediatric Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas

Speaker Topic: Anaphylaxis in the Schools with Unassigned Epinephrine: Should your school have it?

I grew up in Carrizo Springs, a small town in SW Texas. My parents were the town physicians, and I learned early on about the importance of a trusted patient-physician relationship. As a teen, I worked as a counselor at a camp for children with special needs. This inspired me to choose pediatrics. I pursued a fellowship in allergy & immunology as the field allowed me to build long-term relationships with my patients and provide care that can significantly impact their quality of life. Food allergy is a passion, and just happens to draw upon my hobby and love of cooking!

Recent publications

Neupert K, Cherian S, Varshney P. Epinephrine use in Austin Independent School District after implementation of unassigned epinephrine. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 May - Jun;7(5):1650-1652.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.10.050. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

Yeh CY, Wheeler A, Bethea L, Bird JA, Fulbright J, Freeman T, Gonzalez-Reyes E, Jeffrey D, Schwind K, Stafford W, Varshney P, Beard C, Davis CM. Identifying Barriers to Implementation of Emergency Epinephrine Bills: The Texas Experience. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 May 3. pii: S2213-2198(19)30436-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2019.04.032