ASCIA Newsletter November 2016

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ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
  ASCIA UPDATE - NOVEMber 2016  

ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.


Pollen allergy research and apps for people with pollen asthma and allergic rhinitis

The recent unfortunate and tragic events in Melbourne highlight the need for accurate and easily accessible information on pollen counts as well as further research in the area of pollen allergy.

AusPollen Apps for daily pollen counts are currently available for Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney by downloading the free App for iTunes or Google Play, and through Twitter or Facebook at 

auspollen website 2016

Completion of a short (~5 minute) online questionnaire before and after the pollen season will help the AusPollen team to evaluate usefulness of the AusPollen Apps and how the service can be improved. This research is funded by NHMRC Partnership Project GNT1116107 and co-sponsorship from partner organisations, including ASCIA and AIFA.

For information on thunderstorm asthma go to  


ASCIA highlights 2016 and plans for 2017 

ASCIA Highlights 2016

A summary of highlights 2016 and plans for 2017 is now available at

Thank you to ASCIA members and supporters for your greatly appreciated contributions throughout 2016.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017 on a wide range of projects



AIFA research grants 2016    

Over the past 3 years the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) has provided a total of $100,000 in research grants. Two $10,000 AIFA grants were recently awarded, to support research into Jack Jumper Ant immunotherapy and development of a drug for allergy. AIFA is reliant on donations to support more research.

Thank you to all AIFA supporters in 2016, including Norwex, for their recent generous donation of $10,000. To donate in support of AIFA research grants go to  


Meetings calendar

Saturday 18 March 2017: “Immunology and Allergy 2007 to 2017 – A Decade of Remarkable Progress” This will coincide with the 10th anniversary of Western Sydney University (WSU) School of Medicine and will be the 10th in the WSU Macarthur Series in Immunology. 

Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017: ASCIA TAPID Meeting – Melbourne 

Saturday 29 July 2017: ASCIA Advanced Training Meeting (Environmental Allergy) – Sydney 

Tuesday 12 September 2017: CFAR Symposium – Auckland 

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 September 2017: ASCIA 2017 Conference – Auckland 

Saturday 16 September 2017: ANZAAG meeting – Auckland 

A detailed list of conferences is available on the ASCIA website: 

ASCIAThe mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
AIFAAIFA is dedicated to improving the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research and raising awareness. 
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