World Allergy Week is done and dusted for another year and what fun it was. We are thrilled that our World Allergy Week campaign, "wear a spot of red' for World Allergy Week, was an even greater success than last year.
In 2018 more than 60 businesses, schools, early childhood education/care centres and individuals signed up to wear a spot of red. Sanofi Genzyme came on board as a sponsor of the event, helping us to get the word out there. And the campaign was picked up across social media and some traditional media, helping to spread the word about the impact of allergy even further.
We'd like to thank everyone for getting involved and we can't wait to do it bigger and better next year!
AIFA Grant update
Expressions of Interest for the 2018 AIFA granting round closed in April. We were thrilled to have received a record 21 EOI's from researchers across Australia and New Zealand. These EOI's are reflective of the strength and diversity of the allergy and immunology research field across our region. The AIFA grants committee has now shortlisted the projects and will review full applications from the 7 shortlisted applications later in the year.
AIFA, through its association with ASCIA, has established a grant panel of the foremost experts in the field of allergy and immunology. It is the quality of this grant panel that differentiates us as the best placed organisation to seek and select research projects across Australia and New Zealand. In fact, two of the projects that have received AIFA funding have gone on to receive NHMRC funding, demonstrating the leverage that AIFA funding can achieve to get innovative research off the ground and lead to further funding.
We look forward to announcing the outcome of this grant round in September 2018.
How to remove ticks to prevent allergic reactions
The ASCIA website article on tick allergy has been updated to highlight the following information on how to remove ticks to prevent allergic reactions.
To prevent allergic reactions to ticks do NOT forcibly remove the tick. Disturbing the tick may cause the tick to inject more allergen-containing saliva. The options are to:
Leave tick in place and seek medical assistance; OR
Freeze tick (using a product that rapidly freezes and kills the tick) and allow to drop off.
Allergic reactions to ticks range from mild (with large local swelling and inflammation at the site of a tick bite) to severe (anaphylaxis).
While the “tick season” is often considered to range from around February to August, ticks may be present at any time, therefore the risk of exposure remains throughout the entire year, particularly on the east coast of Australia, with known populations of ticks.
How to introduce solid foods for allergy prevention FAQ
ASCIA have recently released a user-friendly frequently asked questions (FAQ) document providing updated practical advice about how to introduce solid foods to babies, based on currently available evidence for food allergy prevention. It is relevant for all babies, including babies with severe eczema, existing food allergy or a family member with allergies and is available at www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention/ascia-how-to-introduce-solid-foods-to-babies
There are a number of OIT trials underway across Australia. A current OIT trial at Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) is recruiting patients.
Oral peanut immunotherapy with modified dietary starch adjuvant (OPIA) trial
CHW OPIA research team has recently commenced recruitment for an oral peanut immunotherapy (OIT) trial for children aged 10-16 years with a diagnosed peanut allergy, who are able to travel to CHW every 2-3 weeks. This trial focuses on using small dose peanut challenges along with a dietary fibre supplement to train the body to become tolerant to peanut. The dietary supplement of high-amylase maize starch with a short chain fatty acid is called butyrate. Developed by the CSIRO, it is easily mixed into a range of foods. The duration of the study for most participants will be measured over one year.
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AIFA aims to improve the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research