AIFA (Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia) was established in 2013 as an initiative of ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) the not for profit peak professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australasia.
AIFA is a charity that aims to improve the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research and raising public awareness. We are striving for earlier diagnosis, strategies for prevention, better treatments and potential cures. The first AIFA grants were awarded in 2015. See www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects
It is our goal to give a cumulative total of $400,000 in research grants by 2020 and $500,000 by 2021. To help achieve these goals, all money received in donations to AIFA will directly fund research grants, with all administration costs supported by ASCIA.
AIFA research grants are selected each year through a robust selection process, involving an independent, voluntary panel of leading experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding - 2 out of the 8 projects funded by AIFA have since been recognised with further funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Why do allergy and immune diseases matter?
Allergy and other immune diseases are amongst the fastest growing chronic and complex health conditions affecting children and adults in Australasia. Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and primary immunodeficiency diseases are potentially life threatening and cause significant impairment in day to day functioning.
More research is urgently needed to:
- Understand why allergy and other immune diseases are increasing so rapidly
- Prevent allergy from developing in children
- Detect primary immunodeficiencies early through genetic testing and newborn screening
- Develop new treatments and cures for allergy and other immune diseases
How can you help?
Every dollar counts. By donating to AIFA you can help fund high quality research projects, selected by an expert panel, that have the greatest potential to help people in Australia and New Zealand who suffer with allergy or other immune diseases. Donations of $100 or more are listed on the AIFA website (subject to donor permission). To make a tax deductible donation go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate