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AIFA announces $120K for 2019 research grants

13 November 2018: 

medical research 2018The next round of AIFA grant applications for allergy and immunology research will open in January 2019.

Due to the generous support of individuals, families and organisations over the past few years, a total of $120,000 in AIFA grants will be awarded in 2019, comprising:

  • $40,000 - Food Allergy research grant
  • $30,000 - ASCIA 30th Anniversary research grant
  • $25,000 - Primary Immunodeficiencies clinical research grant supported by CSL Behring 
  • $15,000 - Hereditary Angioedema clinical research grant supported by CSL Behring
  • $10,000 - Food Allergy research grant supported by DBV Technologies

To find out how to apply for an AIFA grant go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/grants

The first AIFA grants were awarded in 2015 and a total of $160,000 in grants have been awarded to date. For information about the projects awarded AIFA grants go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects

The 2019 AIFA grants will bring the cumulative total to $280,000 in AIFA research grants awarded since 2015.

It is our goal to reach a cumulative total of $400,000 of AIFA research grants by 2020 and $500,000 by 2021. To help achieve these goals, 100% of all donations to AIFA in 2018 and 2019 will directly fund research grants, with all administration costs supported by ASCIA. To make a tax deductible donation go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

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.

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AusPollen PreSeason Questionnaire

2 October 2018

PollenLocal AusPollen Apps provide daily levels of pollen in the air, which can help if you have hay fever (allergic rhinitis) or if your asthma is made worse by allergens in the air. The Apps are available at www.pollenforecast.com.au

To help the AusPollen team evaluate usefulness of the Apps and how they can improve this service, please complete a short questionnaire before and after the pollen season. The survey can be found at https://survey.qut.edu.au/f/192287/435d/

This research will help the AusPollen Team to know where to site future pollen count stations and also determine if there are local triggers that make hay fever and asthma worse.  If you would like to know more about the AusPollen project please contact Prof. Janet Davies, Queensland University of Technology by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: AusPollen PreSeason Questionnaire

AIFA 2018 research grant announcement

7 September 2018

Dr Md Ashik UllahThe Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 AIFA research grants has been awarded to Dr Md. Ashik Ullah of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.

AIFA received a total of 21 expressions of interest for the 2018 grants round, spanning food allergy, antibiotic allergy, allergic asthma, common variable immune deficiency (CVID), Graves Disease and anaphylaxis.

After a lengthy and difficult selection process, the AIFA Board is pleased to announce that a project entitled “P2RY13 – a novel therapeutic target for allergic asthma” led by Dr Md Ashik Ullah of QIMR Berghofer has been chosen as the recipient of a $30,000 AIFA research grant. This brings the total AIFA grant figure to $160,000 in the last 5 years.

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2018 AIFA grant announcement coming soon

28 August 2018

sciencing newsletterThis year’s AIFA grant recipient will be announced at the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Annual Conference on Friday 7 September 2018.

This year AIFA grants have drawn interest and collaborations from researchers all over Australia. A record 21 EOIs were received. These EOIs covered topics as varied as diagnosing allergy, predicting allergic diseases, Graves’ disease, common variable immune deficiency, signalling in primary immunodeficiencies, urticaria, insect allergy, drug allergy and allergic asthma.

After much hard work by our Grant Selection Panel, 5 projects were shortlisted and finally 1 selected. We look forward to publicly announcing the successful recipient next week.

Past successful projects include the AusPollen project, Mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) and Jack Jumper Ant Allergy. Further details on these and other past projects can be found at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects

All of the projects have the potential to make a difference to the diagnosis, management and treatment of allergy and other immune disease. Help us to fund more projects by donating at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

Allergic to exercise?

8 August 2018

exercise ana newsletterIt’s not always a joke. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis is a rare but real disorder. It causes people to have an allergic response to exercise. Yes, exercise can really trigger asthma, hay fever (rhinitis), hives (urticaria) and even anaphylaxis. Some people have symptoms with exercise alone while for others it is set off by a food eaten in the hours prior to exercise.

The severity of symptoms is mostly influenced by how much food is eaten, how active the exercise is and the time between the two. This means that severe symptoms are usually due to food eaten within a few hours of the exercise.

Wheat tends to be the most common culprit. But there have also been reports other foods like seafood, nuts, and some types of fruit and vegetables causing symptoms too.

Treatment includes avoiding "trigger foods" and keeping an EpiPen with you at all times.

Nutritionist Sandra Vale has an exercise-induced wheat allergy and recently spoke with SBS about how she manages it. Her story can be found at www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2018/08/03/how-i-live-exercise-induced-wheat-allergy

Nip Allergies in the Bub launch

27 August 2018

2018NAITB launch webThe National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project “Nip Allergies in the Bub” was launched today in Western Australia, where it will be piloted for a year, before it is launched throughout Australia. This project is the first in the world to promote feeding children the common allergy causing foods by one year of age, to help prevent food allergy from developing.

The website www.preventallergies.org.au contains practical information for parents and carers about introducing foods and managing eczema for allergy prevention. It also includes information and resources for health professionals.

It is important to note that the websites and other resources developed for National Allergy Strategy projects can also be used in New Zealand.

AIFA’s 2018 grant round opens 15 January

January 10, 2018

grant research graphicSubmissions for AIFA's 2018 grant round will open on January 15 and close on April 6, 2018. AIFA supports innovative early stage projects, encourages collaborative research, prioritises early career researchers (working 3-5 years after completion of their PhD) and provides opportunities to leverage further funding.

To be eligible for an AIFA grant, applicants need to be associated with a non-profit institution in Australia or New Zealand, with the facilities to carry out the research detailed in the application.  Applications are not restricted to ASCIA members.

Previously funded projects include Jack Jumper Ant allergy treatment, understanding FPIES and the AusPollen project. More details of these and other funded projects can be found on our projects page www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects

To apply for this grant round please review the eligibility criteria and download an EOI form at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/grants

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