IMG_9759Professor Katie Allen

Professor Katie Allen is the Population Health Theme Director and Group Leader of Gastro and Food Allergy at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Professor Katie Allen, Director of the Centre for Food and Allergy Research, is an NHMRC Practitioner fellow and practicing is a paediatric allergist and gastroenterologist undertaking research in the evolving field of food allergy. Additionally, Katie is the Director of the Population Health Research Theme at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, located inside the Royal Children’s Hospital. Currently she is the principal investigator of the HealthNuts study- the largest single centre population-based study of food allergy in children ever mounted, that seeks to answer parts of the jigsaw with regard to population health and the evolution of the new allergy epidemic. Also, Katie is the principal investigator of the SchoolNuts population based study of over 10,000 school aged children (10-14 years).

Professor Allen is a chief investigator on a further 4NHMRC-funded allergy studies: the Barwon infant study; the Melbourne Atopic Cohort Longitudinal study; Methylation-sensitive T cell genes and childhood food allergy; and the Eosinophilic oesophagitis multicentre trial. These projects aim to inform public health guidelines about food allergy, anaphylaxis and asthma prevention and treatment, as well as to assist the development of responsive workforce planning for allergy services. In 2010, Professor Allen’s research was recognised in the NHMRC ’10 of the Best’ nationally. She has published more than 260 peer-reviewed papers of which she is first or senior/corresponding author on the majority and is co-author of ‘Kids’ Food Allergy for Dummies’.

Professor Allen is a member of the; Paediatric and Education committees for Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders committee for both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Additionally, she is a member of the Scientific Council for Research and Clinical Issues of the World Allergy Organization, the peak global organisation on allergy and a member of the US Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Food Allergy Committee.