Katie Allen is a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergist undertaking research in the evolving field of food allergy.
Other Appointments and Qualifications: Katie is a prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow and is chief investigator on six NHMRC-funded studies, including two RCT trials which are focused on the evolving allergy epidemic. She is a member of the Paediatric and Education committees for Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and of the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders committee for both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the European Society of Paedatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is also a member of the World Allergy Organisation Clinical and Scientific Affairs committee. Professor Allen received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2002 after completing a Bachelor of Medical Science (Hon) and MBBS at Monash University in 1990.
Influence: Professor Allen is the principal investigator of the HealthNuts study - the largest single centre population-based study of food allergy in children ever mounted. The study aims to understand how to prevent food allergy, how to prevent food allergic children from having adverse events and ultimately how to prevent progression of allergic disease later in life.