Study short name: HealthNuts
Study full name: Population prevalence and environmental/genetic predictors of food allergy in an infant cohort
Principle Investigator: Jennifer Koplin
Administering Institute: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Major funding source: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Study focus: Prevention
Study design: Observational
Main study aim: To examine the natural history of allergic disorders including food allergy, asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis and the interplay of risk factors for development of these conditions in childhood.
Additional study information: The rise in food allergy in developed countries has attracted international scientific attention with Australia reporting the highest rate of both food allergy and food-induced anaphylaxis. The HealthNuts study is the world’s first comprehensive population-based study of food allergy with objective measurement of true food allergy and will enable us to understand better the natural history of allergic disorders including food allergy, asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis and the interplay of risk factors for development of these conditions in childhood. The study will have important implications for clinical guidelines and public health policy.
Study Population: The HealthNuts study recruited 12-month-old infants via their parents/guardians at childhood immunization sessions across the city of Melbourne, Australia. Further follow up occurred at 4, 6 and 10 years of age.
Study status: Recruitment completed January 2011. Data collection ongoing, through December 2019.
Where can I find more information?
Study website: www.mcri.edu.au/healthnuts
Study contact: [email protected]
Main Publications: All HealthNuts Publications
- Osborne NJ, Koplin JJ, Martin PE, Gurrin LC, Lowe AJ, Matheson MC, et al. Prevalence of challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy using population-based sampling and predetermined challenge criteria in infants. Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2011;127(3):668-676 e661-662. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2011.01.039.
Last modified: December 12th 2019 | Date created: April 9th 2019