1 December 2020:
It is a pleasure to announce that the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) has awarded $110,000 in grants to five outstanding allergy and immunology research projects in 2020.
To read more about the projects listed below go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects
AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $40,000: Awarded to A/Prof Kirsten Perrett for testing the effectiveness of oral immunotherapy (OIT) for young children with nut allergy.
AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $10,000 (supported by DBV Technologies): Awarded to Dr Vicki McWilliam, who aims to prevent the development of long-term cow’s milk allergy in children.
AIFA Allergy/Immunology Research Grant $30,000: Awarded to Dr Catarina Almeida and Dr Jason Trubiano for a study of “Natural Killer T Cells” to improve current tests for drug allergy, policy for drug administration, and the development of new immune-based therapies.
AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by CSL Behring): Awarded to Dr Celina Jin, who will lead a multi-centre trial evaluating typhoid Vi-polysaccharide vaccine responses in patients with specific antibody deficiency.
AIFA Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Clinical Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by CSL Behring): Awarded to Dr William Smith, who will conduct a state-wide survey of patients with HAE in South Australia. This will determine the prevalence of HAE as well as severity, impact on quality of life, and unmet needs, particularly in the prevention of angioedema attacks.
Congratulations to the AIFA grant recipients and thank you to our generous donors and sponsors for making these grants possible.
Thank you also to our expert grant selection panel, led by Dr Melanie Wong, who have volunteered their time in an extremely busy and challenging year.
AIFA has awarded research grants to 18 projects since 2015, but there are many projects with great potential that still require funding, so we are now seeking support for AIFA grants in 2021.
To donate to AIFA go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate