The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is committed to supporting researchers working on the complexities of the human immune system. This work is vital for better diagnosis, strategies for prevention and new treatments for allergy and other immune diseases.
AIFA was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) the not for profit peak professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australasia.
Why is medical research important?
Medical research into the immune system is essential to our health. By donating to AIFA you can help to advance medical knowledge, improve patient care and save lives.
The high quality of medical care we enjoy today is built upon years of medical research. It has resulted in breakthrough treatments and the prevention of previously life-threatening diseases. However, there is still so much work to be done, particularly for immune system disorders like allergies, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
What we learn about the immune system now will help fight a wide range of human illness in the future.
It is our goal to give more than $500,000 in grants by 2023.
To help achieve this goal, we ensure that 100% of donations directly fund AIFA research grants. There are no expensive marketing campaigns and all of our administration costs are supported by ASCIA. We are extremely grateful to the 6-8 ASCIA members who volunteer on the AIFA grant selection panel and donate their time and expertise.
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, with two projects funded by AIFA recognised with further funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). AIFA seed funding helps projects achieve the recognition they deserve.
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.
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How can you help?
Every dollar counts. Every dollar donated is tax deductible. To make a donation go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate
Donations of $100 or more are listed on the AIFA website unless you wish to remain anonymous.