Adverse health consequences of infant food allergy: a population-based longitudinal study.

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Rachel Peters rachel.peters@mcri.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jennifer Koplin jennifer.koplin@mcri.edu.au Personal web page

Summary A PhD project is available for a student to assess the adverse health consequences of food allergy throughout childhood and adolescence.

Project Details

Australia is in the midst of a food allergy epidemic and Melbourne has the highest reported prevalence of food allergy internationally, with 10% of infants suffering from food allergies. Although some food allergy resolves in childhood, there may be lifelong adverse consequences of infant food allergy on children's future health. These consequences have been poorly described due to the absence of longitudinal studies of food allergy.

The HealthNuts study is the world's largest population-based, longitudinal study of allergic diseases. The cohort consists of 5300 children recruited at 12-months of age with gold standard measures of food allergy collected for all children. The cohort has been followed-up at ages 4, 6 and 10 years, with the 15-year-old follow-up commencing this year. At 6, 10 and 15 years of age, we undertook a comprehensive health assessment for all children which included measures of allergic disease, respiratory health, psychosocial health, cardiovascular health, growth and physical activity. A PhD project is available for a student to assess the adverse health consequences of food allergy throughout childhood and adolescence.

This project would suit a student with an interest in epidemiology, paediatrics, and population health.



Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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