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Allergy and Vaccine Safety Group

The Allergy and Vaccine Safety Group is interested in the prevention, tolerance and management of food allergy—as well as informing vaccine surveillance activities.

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 one in 10 Australian children aged 12 months have an egg allergy.

Our goal is to understand the immune system’s role in the prevention and management of food allergy (egg allergies, in particular), and to understand the role of early-life egg exposure in the development of tolerance to egg. Our current studies are investigating a potential treatment for peanut allergy using a combination of probiotic and peanut for immunotherapy in those children with established peanut allergy.

The Allergy and Vaccine Safety group also aims to address the current deficiencies in vaccine surveillance. When a new vaccine or seasonal flu vaccine is licensed for use, safety information about potential rare reactions is often incomplete. The current system of surveillance for these events lacks the capability to detect reactions in a timely way. We aim to tackle this issue by exploring health provider reporting, active sentinel surveillance and e-Health, including data linkage. 

We collaborate with the Global Vaccine Safety Team at the World Health Orgainisation. As part of this work, we  includes projects with the Adelaide Health Technology Assessment Team (AHTA) to complete systematic reviews on vaccine safety and the development of communication material for global dissemination.

Lead researcher: Professor Michael Gold

Research team

Researcher support
  • Katherine Duszynski
  • Christine Health
  • Madhava Balakrishna
  • Priscilla Nyambayo
  • Mary Walker
  • Ben Kagina


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