Food allergies, asthma and atopic dermatitis are allergic disorders that have increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Over 30% of Australian children having some form of atopic disease.
Our clinical and basic science research programs are designed to facilitate translation of research into practice. We want to prevent allergic diseases from developing, and manage them more effectively for children and the community.
Our research is focused in the following areas:
* food allergy and atopic dermatitis in children
* rare immunodeficiencies and T cell signalling
* immune dysregulation
Primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs), whilst rare, require sophisticated diangostic techniques and intensive clinical management. Studying PIDs provide us with an opportunity to understand the immune system and how it becomes dysregulated and imbalanced, which leads to immune disorders such as allergies and autoimmunity.
One of our overarching research themes is to understand our innate and adaptive immune system, and how imbalances may be corrected.
Allergy and Immunology Research is led by co-Heads of Department, Prof Dianne Campbell & Dr Melanie Wong.