Allergy and Vaccine Research Group
The Allergy and Vaccine Research Group is interested in the prevention and management of food allergy and vaccine safety surveillance.
In westernised countries there is an evolving epidemic of allergic disease that primarily affects children under five years of age. Recent studies have shown that at 12 months of age one in 10 Australian children have an egg allergy and one in 30 have a peanut allergy.
Our goal is to understand the role of early-life prenatal and post-natal egg exposure in the development of tolerance to egg and investigate potential treatments for peanut allergy using oral immunotherapy treatment with a combination of probiotic and peanut and transdermal patches impregnated with peanut.
Vaccine safety surveillance aims to address the current deficiencies in post-licensure passive surveillance and is investigating data linkage and SMS based surveillance. We collaborate with the Adelaide Health Technology Assessment Team (AHTA) to complete systematic reviews on vaccine safety and the development of communication material for global dissemination.
Internationally, we collaborate with the Global Vaccine Safety Team at the World Health Organisation, the University of Cape Town - Vaccines For Africa Initiative and the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. Nationally, we collaborate with interstate investigators at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, and the Universities of Melbourne, Western Australia and New South Wales.
Professor Michael Gold
Professor Michael Gold is a paediatric allergist and immunologist in the Discipline of Paediatrics, Adelaide Medical School—as well as the research leader of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Adelaide. He has clinical and research interests in the prevention of childhood allergy and vaccine safety. Professor Gold leads a multi-disciplinary clinical team responsible for the care of complex allergy patients, has provided critical leadership to the translational committee of the NHMRC funded Centre for Food Allergy Research (CFAR) and is a leader in food allergy and vaccine research.
Research team Role Professor Michael Gold Lead researcher Professor Katie Allen Researcher Professor Tony Ferrante Researcher Professor John Lynch Researcher Professor Maria Makrides Researcher Professor Helen Marshall Researcher Professor Nigel Stocks Researcher Professor Mimi Tang Researcher Associate Professor Nicole Pratt Researcher Dr Gabriella Lincoln Researcher Professor Susan Prescott Researcher Dr Tom Snelling Researcher Dr Merryn Netting Researcher Dr Patrick Quinn Researcher Dr Abi Cheung Researcher Dr Ben Kagina Researcher Christine Health Researcher support Madhava Balakrishna Researcher support Mary Walker Researcher support Susan Fahy-Scheer Researcher support Jo Pritchard Researcher support Emmanuel Le Researcher support Sacha Palmer Researcher support Christine Maure Researcher support Priscilla Nyambayo Student Jovanka King Student Katherine Duszynski Student
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