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AIFA announces grant recipients for 2022

7 September 2022

The Chair of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia, Dr Melanie Wong, proudly announced the AIFA grants for 2022 at the AIFA Research Symposium of the ASCIA Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 1st September.

AProf Rachel Peters Dr Melanie Neeland The AIFA Ann Kupa Food Allergy Research Grant of $40,000 was awarded to the project “Immune mechanisms governing the natural resolution of peanut allergy”. Co-Chief Investigators A/Prof Rachel Peters and Dr Melanie Neeland are based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. Read more… 
   
Dr Brynn Wainstein The AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by DBV Technologies) was awarded to Dr Brynn Wainstein for the project “A novel approach to diagnose cashew and pistachio allergy using peptide microarray technology”. Dr Wainstein will lead a team from the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales. Read more... 
   
Dr Emily Edwards The AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant of $30,000 (supported by CSL Behring) was awarded to Dr Emily Edwards for the project “Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in immunoglobulin products and their capacity to augment immunity in immunodeficient patients.” Dr Edwards works at Monash University and the team includes researchers from Alfred Health, Monash University and the Burnet Institute, with collaboration from the patient organisation AusPIPs and the Australian Red Cross LIfeblood. Read more…
   
Dr Alisa Kane AIFA awarded an Early Career Researcher grant of $30,000 to Dr Alisa Kane for the project “ImPaCT-PID study (Improving Patient Centred Transitional Care in Primary Immunodeficiency)”. Dr Kane works at St Vincent’s Hospital and will collaborate with the patient organisation Immune Deficiencies Foundation of Australia (IDFA) and colleagues in hospitals nationwide. Read more... 

Congratulations to all the successful Chief Investigators and their teams. We look forward to reporting the results of this important research at future ASCIA conferences.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors for making it possible for AIFA to fund a total of $115,000 in research grants for 2022. Thank you also to our expert grant selection panel of clinical immunology/allergy specialists who volunteered their time to review the applications.

The next AIFA research grant round will open in early 2023 and we are working toward our target of donating $1 million dollars in research grants by 2025

We need your support of future AIFA grants for allergy and immunology research.

Please donate or sponsor a named grant. https://www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

Read more: AIFA announces grant recipients for 2022

Celebrate the act of giving

28 June 2022

The end of the financial year is a time to celebrate the act of giving. With your help, the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) supports research teams who are unravelling the working of the immune system to improve diagnosis, develop new treatments and achieve better health outcomes for people living with allergy and other immune disease.

AIFA is now fundraising for 2023 research grants. You can be a part of supporting Australasian allergy and immunology researchers with your tax deductible donation. Every dollar goes directly into research, not administration or marketing costs.  

AIFA donate now 2022

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Researcher 

Researchers who were awarded AIFA grants in 2020 will present an update on their progress at the ASCIA Conference in Melbourne on 1st September, 2022. For program details and registration visit  www.ascia2022.com

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AIFA 2022 research grant round is now open

25 March 2022

It is a pleasure to announce that the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) 2022 Grants Round is now open.  

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited from ASCIA members who are actively involved in clinical allergy and immunology research.

EOIs are due by midnight on Monday 2nd May 2022 and the application form is on the AIFA website www.allergyimmunology.org.au/grants

Allergy and immunology research is as vital as ever. It may help someone like Sarah.

Sarah had been living with the fear of a severe allergic reaction to peanuts. Recently she has been part of a trial led by Professor Mimi Tang at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. AIFA awarded Professor Tang the Ann Kupa Food Allergy Research Grant in 2021 to extend this work. This grant will fund a study investigating the underlying mechanisms that support remission of allergy, which will lead to better long-term treatments for peanut allergy.

Read Sarah’s story here

Antoinette Barallon with her husband and children Sarah and Jamie
 

In 2022 a total of $115,000 will be awarded as four AIFA Grants 

Allergy and Immunology Research

$30,000 AIFA Early Career Researcher Grant

Food Allergy Research Grants

$40,000 AIFA Ann Kupa Food Allergy Grant

$15,000 AIFA Food Allergy Grant (supported by DBV Technologies)

Primary Immunodeficiency Research Grant

$30,000 AIFA Primary Immunodeficiency Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)

By the end of 2025 AIFA aims to award a cumulative total of $1 million in research grants, selected by experts, for clinically important research into allergy and other immune diseases.

Help us achieve this goal by donating now
AIFA donate now 2022

If you wish to discuss a named grant of over $10,000 as a lasting legacy, please email Michelle Haskard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

100% of your donation goes towards AIFA research grants

AIFA announces grant recipients for 2021

28 September 2021

The Chair of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia, Dr Melanie Wong, proudly announced the AIFA grants for 2021 at the ASCIA Virtual Conference on 2nd September.

Dr Mimi Tang The AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $40,000 was awarded to Professor Mimi Tang to explore the “Immune mechanisms underpinning remission of allergy”. Professor Tang works at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. Read more… 
Dr Peter Hsu The AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by DBV Technologies) was awarded to Dr Peter Hsu, who works at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. His project is “Investigating impaired T cell activation in children with food allergy”. Read more... 
A/Prof Katrina Randall The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Grant of $12,000 was awarded to A/Professor Katrina Randall at The Canberra Hospital/ANU Medical School. Her project will help improve the future management of allergy by “Investigating T follicular cell numbers and neuritin levels in patients with food allergy.” Read more…
Prof Stuart Tangye The AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant of $30,000 (supported by CSL Behring) was awarded to Professor Stuart Tangye, who works at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, for his project “SARS CoV2 infection and vaccination in inborn errors of immunity.” Read more... 
A/Prof Cindy Ma AIFA awarded another grant of $30,000 to A/Professor Cindy Ma at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to explore “Harnessing primary immunodeficiencies to understand and treat human allergic disease.”  Read more... 

Congratulations to all the successful Chief Investigators and their teams. We look forward to reporting the results of this important research at future ASCIA Conferences.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors for making it possible for AIFA to fund a total of $127,000 in research grants for 2021. Thank you also to our expert grant selection panel of clinical immunology/allergy specialists who volunteered their time in an extremely busy year.

The next AIFA research grant round will open in early 2022. There is still an unmet need to fund great research, which is waiting to happen. We also want to encourage early career investigators to apply for next year’s grants.

We need your support of future AIFA grants for allergy and clinical immunology research.

Please donate or sponsor a named grant. https://www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

Read more: AIFA announces grant recipients for 2021

How far have we come? A progress report for AIFA 2014-2020

29 January 2021

The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is the only Australasian charity that is specifically funding allergy and immunology research.  

AIFA making progress 2021AIFA is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the human immune system.  We are supporting innovative research for improved diagnosis, novel treatments and better health outcomes for people with allergy and other immune disease. We are encouraging early career researchers with projects that have the potential to translate to progress in clinical care.

How many AIFA research grants have been awarded?

Since 2014, when we began our grant process, AIFA has funded a total of 18 medical research projects, across 12 research institutions in four regions of Australia. Projects were awarded AIFA grants after a rigorous selection process, reviewed by a panel of leading experts in allergy and immunology research.

What is the unmet need for more allergy and immunology research?

Whilst we are proud of our growing achievement, the last six years have proven that there is unmet need for more research into allergy and other immune diseases that may lead to the improved diagnosis or treatment:

  • AIFA has received 132 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) since 2014. This has amounted to $3,675,000 in funds requested.
  • AIFA has awarded a total of $390,000 in grants. This is 10.6% of research grant funding that has been requested through our grant program.
How can you help us move allergy and immunology research forward?

The high quality of medical care we enjoy today is built upon years of medical research.  By donating to AIFA you can help to advance medical knowledge, improve patient care and save lives. 

You can become a community fundraiser or donate at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about sponsoring a named grant.

We have come a long way but we have only just started the journey to fill the unmet need for research into allergy and immunology in Australia and New Zealand.

AIFA announces grant recipients for 2020

1 December 2020

The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia will be giving $110,000 in grants to support allergy and immunology research in December 2020.

AProf Kirsten PerrettThe AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $40,000 was awarded to A/Prof Kirsten Perrett for testing the effectiveness of oral immunotherapy for young children with nut allergy. Her “Low dose Multi-Nut OIT in Preschoolers (LMNOP) Pilot Study” is the first step toward achieving the vision of eradicating food allergy before school age. A/Prof Perrett works at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. Read more …

Dr Vicki McWilliamDr Vicki McWilliam, who also works at MCRI, was awarded the AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant (supported by DBV Technologies) of $10,000. Her project “Is early introduction of milk via a slow and graded milk ladder approach feasible and acceptable for infants with mild/moderate cow’s milk allergy?” has the potential to prevent the development of long-term cow’s milk allergy in children. Read more …

Dr Catarina AlmeidaAIFA awarded a grant of $30,000 to Dr Catarina Dos Santos Sa E Almeida at the University of Melbourne who will work with Dr Jason Trubiano at Austin Health to study  “Altered self-reactivity of CD1d-lipid restricted NKT cells by sulfa-like drugs”. This could lead to the improvement of current tests for drug allergy, policy for drug administration, and the development of new immune-based therapies. Read more …

Dr Celina JinThe AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by CSL Behring) will be awarded to Dr Celina Jin at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr Jin will be evaluating how specific antibody deficiency patients (who have impaired immune function) receiving immunoglobulin replacement react to a typhoid vaccine (Vi-polysaccharide vaccine). Read more …

Dr William SmithDr William Smith was awarded the AIFA Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Clinical Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by CSL Behring). Dr Smith, who is based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, 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. Read more …

Congratulations to the successful Chief Investigators and your teams. We look forward to reporting the results of this important research.

Thank you to our donors for making these grants possible. Thank you also to our expert grant selection panel of immunologists, led by Dr Melanie Wong, who volunteered their time in an extremely busy year in immunology.

There are many projects with great potential that still require funding. We need your support for AIFA 2021 grants for immunology research. https://www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

Read more: AIFA announces grant recipients for 2020

A new community funded food allergy research grant

2 October 2020:

Ariel Sage KohenArarat, a town in country Victoria, donates over $12,000 to fund The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Research Grant for 2021. 

We give our warmest thanks to the community of Ararat for their generous donation of over $12,000 to the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA). The community showed their support for research into food allergy through an online auction organised by Angie Waihape and Clare Vanina in August. Angie was motivated by her nephews Kohen and Sage who have experienced severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to food.

AIFA is delighted to direct this generous donation toward food allergy research in 2021 as requested. This will be named The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Research Grant.

Angie writes: “Thanks to our amazing community, the ‘Allergies & Anaphylaxis Awareness’ Fundraiser was a huge success. With 34 generous businesses on board and a supporting community behind us we were able to smash our $10,000 goal. We sold over 3,200 raffle tickets, auctioned 10 awesome items, and received so many generous donations from people wanting to help make a difference to people who suffer with allergies. We are beyond grateful. We are very proud to donate this money to AIFA who are doing outstanding work towards finding preventions and ultimately a cure for allergies.”

Angie and her team are an inspiration. We are sure that her nieces and nephews are very proud. Thank you Ararat for this good news story!

If you are inspired by Angie and Clare’s effort, learn how you can become an AIFA community fundraiser here www.allergyimmunology.org.au/support-aifa/fundraising

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