PROF Katie Allen

PROF Katie Allen

Positions

  • Paediatric Allergist/Gastroenterologist

Overview

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  • Professor Katie Allen is a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergist undertaking research in the evolving field of food allergy. The food allergy burden, ranging from the extreme consequences of anaphylaxis to the everyday restrictions placed on children, their families and the community, is immense and as such Prof Allen’s vision is to improve management and help find a cure for children with food allergy.

    She holds a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship and is chief investigator on 5 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded studies (including the HealthNuts study of 5300 infants and SchoolNuts study of 10,000 adolescents) which all seek to answer parts of the jigsaw with regards to population health and evolution of the new allergy epidemic including gene-environment and epigenetic associations with food allergy. She is Director of the Population Health Theme at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    She is also Director of the NHMRC-funded Australian Centre of Food & Allergy Research which aims to translate research findings into clinical practice and public health policy to ensure the best outcomes for children regarding food allergy.

    In the last 10 years Prof Allen has built a food allergy research group of 30, and published >205 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and co-authored a book “Kids food allergy for Dummies”. She has supervised to completion 7 PhD students, with a further 9 under current supervision, as well as numerous clinical fellows and honours students. Both in 2012 and 2005, Prof Allen’s work was selected as one of “Ten of the Best NHMRC funded health and medical research successes”.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Ltd. Fellow 2015 -
  • Food Allergy Interest Group, European Academy Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Elected Board member 2015 -
  • World Allergy Organisation. Member of 1) Global Initiatives in Food Allergy Committee 2) Specialty and Clinical Issues Committee 3) Emerging Societies Program Committee 2014 -
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Society of Australia and New Zealand. Founding Committee Member 2013 -
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Society of Australia and New Zealand. Founding Member 2013 -
  • The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Member 2012 -
  • The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition. Member 2012 -
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology . Fellow. Member of 1) Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Committee, 2) Adverse Reactions to Food Committee 3) Asia and the Pacific Basin Region 2008 -
  • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Member of Paediatric Committee and Education Committee 2006 -
  • Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Member 2005 - 2010

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • 2016-2019 Allen KJ, Robertson C, Tang M, Koplin J, Dwyer T, Gurrin L, Lowe A. Risk factors for food allergy and the allergic march to asthma in childhood: the HealthNuts study. NHMRC project grant (APP 1101344) $1,876,795.60 

    2016-2020 Tang M, Prescott S, Allen KJ, Gold M, Burks W, Orsini F. A multicentre randomised controlled trial of probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy for the treatment of peanut allergy. NHMRC project grant (APP 1105429) $2,902,302.25 

    2015-2018 Allen KJ. NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. $459,687 

    2015-2016 Saffery R, Allen KJ, Vuillermin P, Martino D. Methylation-sensitive T cell genes and childhood food allergy. NHMRC project grant (ID 1084017) $450, 879.25 

    2015-2019 Vuillermin P, Ponsonby A-L, Allen KJ, Zhang Y, Tang M, Saffery R, Topping D, Nelson K, Conlon M. The relationship between maternal and infant dietary intake of fermentable fibre, gut microbiota, short chain fatty acids and allergic disease and asthma: a population-derived birth cohort study. NHMRC project grant (ID1082307). $843, 749.10 

    2015-2018 Dharmage SC, Allen KJ, Lowe, AJ, Abramson M, Gurrin L, Thomas P, Darling A, Matheson M, Lodge C, Barton C. The predictors of asthma and lung function deficits in the third decade: Longitudinal study of MACS sibships. NHMRC project grant (ID1079668) $1,197,411.25 

    2014-2017 Marshall B, Prescott S, Richmond P, Benghezal M, Fulurija A, Palmer D, Allen KJ, Bulsara M. Development of a novel immunotherapy for childhood eczema and allergy, University of Western Australia. NHMRC Development grant (ID1074488) $919, 596 

    2013-2018 Allen KJ, Ponsonby A-L, Prescott S, Tang M, Dharmage S, Gurrin L. Centre for Research Excellence in Food and Allergy. NHMRC CRE (ID1041420) $2,493,297 

    2013-2015 Allen KJ, Dharmage S, Tang M, Sawyer S, Gurrin L, Koplin J. Prevalence of challenge-proven food allergy and predicto   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • MBBS, Monash University 1990
  • BMedSc(Hons), Monash University 1990

Awards and honors

  • Selected as one of ~Ten of the Best NHMRC funded health and medical research successes~ for Career Development Award 2006-2011, NHMRC, 2012
  • Ten of the Best NHMRC funded health and medical research successes, 2012
  • Senior Medical Research Fellowship, Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, 2010
  • Rising Star Award by the MCRI for excellence in research achievement in 2007 for an outstanding researcher less than 10 years postdoctoral experience, MCRI, 2008
  • Fellowship, The Barry Young Servier Cardiovascular and Metabolic, 2006
  • Career Development Award (clinical 50%), 2006-2010, NHMRC, 2006
  • Group Leader, Liver Research Group, MCRI, 2006
  • Prize for Best Clinical Poster; The HealthIron Study: results from a pilot study of modifiers of HFE expression., BioIron, Prague, Czech Republic., 2005
  • Ten of the Best NHMRC funded health and medical research successes, NHMRC, 2005
  • Prize for Best Clinical Oral Presentation; Liver cell transplantation for Crigler-Najjar syndrome, 4th Australasian Gene Therapy Society Meeting, Melbourne April 2005., 2005
  • Career Development Award, 2005 - 2010, Ten of the Best NHMRC funded health and medical research successes, 2005
  • Emerging Leaders Program (Gastroenterology), Gottenberg, Sweden., 2004
  • Paul Harris Fellowhip,, Rotary International, 2001
  • International Outreach Award, World Congress of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition - Boston, USA, 2000
  • Travel Award, Gastroenterological Society of Australia/Glaxo/Wellcome, 1999
  • Victorian Fellowship, 1999
  • Travel award for best abstract, Mowat Hepatology Update, London, 1998
  • Young Investigator Award (South Zone), Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver, 1998
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1998
  • Scholarship to undertake PhD, 1997 - 2000, NH&MRC, 1997
  • Travelling Scholarship, American Society of Transplant Physicians Fellows' Symposium on Transplantation Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1996
  • Fellowship, Genna foundation for the study of liver disease in children, University of Chicago, 1995
  • Research Associate for 6 weeks on project auditing Aboriginal infant mortality in the Northern Territory, Menzies Institute of Health Research, Darwin, Australia, 1988
  • 6 week elective in Kenya looking at rural Child and Maternal Health issues, Commonwealth Scholarship, 1988
  • Faculty of Medicine, Monash University for B.Med.Sc, 1987

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Supervision

Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • HealthNuts study: NHMRC funded cohort of 5,300 children, initially funded as cross-sectional study at age 1, refunded to follow up cohort at ages 4 and 6, and now 10 years. 

    Key research questions include:
    - Prevalence of allergic disease (food allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma) at ages 1-6
    - Natural history and interrelationship between different types of allergic disease
    - Environmental risk factors for development, persistence and resolution of allergic disease (food allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma)
    - Genetic risk factors for development, persistence and resolution of allergic disease (food allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma)
    - Vitamin D as a risk factor for development, persistence and resolution of allergic disease (food allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma) 

    Other outcomes available include: Weight/obesity and infections in childhood