AIFA Newsletter - August 2015
Thank you to Southern Cross Austereo who gave AIFA a national voice by donating advertising this month. This is thanks to the generous support of Guy Dobson, Executive Director - Metro Operations who was introduced to AIFA by his doctor.
Southern Cross Austereo creates more hours of live content than any other broadcast media in Australia and can connect brands with 95% of Australians each week via their regional free-to-air TV networks, national radio networks, online, mobile and unique one off events. They provide inventive, interactive and cross platform campaigns.
AIFA is grateful to Dr Daman Langguth, not only for being a generous donor, but for making this introduction. Dr Langguth is the director of immunology at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in Brisbane and Visiting Medical Officer at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. He runs a large modern reference immunology laboratory in Brisbane as well a clinical practice seeing complex autoimmunity and immunodeficiency patients. He has a particular interest in managing autoimmune myositis, vasculitis and autoimmune eye and nerve/brain disease. His research interests are at present the development of Australian crustacean IgE tests, patient centred vasculitis research, and TNF drug assessment in management of IBD and RA.
Dr Daman Langguth Phone 07 3377 8690 Email: email@example.com
If you can donate PR or advertising to our young foundation which aims to raise money for research into allergy and immune diseases, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Daniel boys from Queensland are AIFA's youngest fundraisers, selling plants recently to raise money for allergy research.
Liam is 13 (he has environmental allergies only), Ewan is 11 (he's allergic to tree nuts, shellfish, squid and dust mites) and Hamish is 4 (he's allergic to peanuts, egg and dust mites).
Well done boys! Thanks for your effort.
Congratulations to AIFA grant recipient Dr Sandip Kamath from James Cook University, who made it through to the 2015 grand final of the world’s biggest international science communication competition, FameLab. Organised by the British Council and Cheltenham Festivals, FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective through three-minute presentations on their research.
Sandip, who won the Australian competition in May 2015 with his witty presentation about treating food allergies, flew to the UK in early June to battle it out against 26 of the best science communicators from around the globe at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Captivating the audience and judges with a presentation that involved plastic lobsters, balloons and a police hat as props, he proved again that being a geek doesn’t stop you holding a crowd! Sandip did enormously well in Cheltenham, making it through to the grand final alongside scientists from Cyprus, Switzerland, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, CERN and Croatia.
It showed again how arts skills mesh with science knowledge to create interest in new discovery and research.
“Participating in the FameLab International finals was an exhilarating experience, competing against science communicators from 26 countries, and being selected in the top 8. It was a great feeling to be representing an entire nation at the grand final,” said Dr Sandip Kamath.
“As a biomedical researcher, it is my commitment to create awareness about various immune diseases (food allergy in this case) among the general public, and FameLab was a fantastic platform to do that at a national and international level.”
Watch Sandip’s presentation at the 2015 International Finals on FameLab www.allergyimmunology.org.au/news/55-combatting-shellfish-allergies-dr-sandip-kamath
or listen on ABC Radio at www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/improving-diagnosis-of-shellfish-allergy/6542294
For more information about FameLab visit the British Council website www.britishcouncil.org.au/programmes/science
What do Lupus, Food-Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES), Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disorder and Urticaria have in common? They are all on the shortlist of excellent projects that are seeking AIFA funding this year.
AIFA has an expert Grant Selection Panel that reviews medical research projects that aims to increase our knowledge of immune disease and lead to improvements in health outcomes for patients.
Earlier this year AIFA gave grants to two research projects in Queensland that will help people living with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergy www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects
AIFA grants go directly to the projects that are making the difference for patients. We need more funds to ensure that our work to encourage research will continue. Donate at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donations/donate-now
Research is one of the cornerstones of tackling the problem of rising allergies in Australia. This was recognised as part of the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) which was successfully launched at the Allergy Summit on Friday 7 August 2015 in Sydney.
The National Allergy Strategy was a focal point of the Parliamentary Allergy Alliance (PAA) launch on Monday 10 August 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra. The Parliamentary Friendship Group was established to raise awareness amongst parliamentarians and the wider community of the serious health risks posed by allergies and the potentially fatal outcomes facing people who live with severe allergies and anaphylaxis.
The Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP attended the launch as well as and the Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Catherine King MP.
Speakers included Senator Richard Di Natale, the Hon Anna Burke MP and Maria Said, President of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. Dr Shiu Lam and Isobelle Lam gave moving accounts of their life with allergies.
The “Ask a clinical immunology/allergy specialist” session involved Dr Ray Mullins, Dr Melanie Wong and A/Prof Richard Loh.
In a speech in Parliament on 13th August, Anna Burke MP praised the National Allergy Strategy and concluded with a call for listing allergic disease as a chronic condition in Australia alongside asthma and diabetes.
The script of the speech can be viewed by entering the keyword "allergy" on the following page of the Parliament of Australia's website: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard
To download a copy of the strategy go to www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au
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