12.30-1.30pm, Wed 10th August 2016
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Professor Katie Allen, Director, Population Health Research Theme, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Director, Australian Centre for Food & Allergy Research
Food allergy is on the rise in developed countries with Australia reporting the highest rates to date using challenge-proven outcomes. The 3 key hypotheses for the rise in food allergy are currently (1) the hygiene hypothesis (which includes microbial diversity); (2) the dual allergen exposure hypothesis (the role of early life eczema and infant feeding patterns) , and (3) the vitamin D hypothesis. High rates of food allergy in infants of Asian migrants in Australia provides a unique “natural experiment” to explore possible explanations for this modern day phenomenon of the early 21st century. In this seminar, Katie will discuss the many findings from the Healthnuts cohort as well as research from others that underpin our further understanding of the food allergy epidemic.