Study short name


Study full name

Prevalence of challenge-proven food allergy and predictors of severe adverse reactions to food in early adolescence

Principle Investigator

Katie Allen

Administering Institute

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Major funding source

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Study focus

Population prevalence

Study design


Main study aim

To determine the population prevalence of food allergy and risk factors for adverse reactions to foods in the early adolescent period (age 10-14 years).

Study population

School students aged 10-14 years.

Study status

Recruitment completed December 2014. Data collection completed January 2015.

Study contact: [email protected]

Study website:

Main Publications:

  1. Hameed R, Peters RL, Field MJ, Koplin JJ, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ, et al. Self-reported asthma prevalence and control in a population-based cohort of Australian school students aged 10-14 yearsArchives of Disease in Childhood. 2019;104(6):612-613. doi:
  2. McWilliam V, Peters RL, Allen KJ, Dharmage SC, Ponsonby AL, Tang MLK, et al. Skin Prick Test Predictive Values for the Outcome of Cashew Challenges in ChildrenThe Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in Practice. 2019. doi:
  3. McWilliam VL, Koplin JJ, Field MJ, Sasaki M, Dharmage SC, Tang MLK, et al. Self-reported adverse food reactions and anaphylaxis in the SchoolNuts study: A population-based study of adolescentsJournal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2018;141(3):982-990. doi:
  4. Robinson M, Koplin JJ, Field MJ, Sasaki M, Peters RL, McWilliam V, et al. Patterns of Carriage of Prescribed Adrenaline Autoinjectors in 10- to 14-Year-Old Food-Allergic Students: A Population-Based StudyThe Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in Practice. 2019;7(2):437-443. doi:
  5. Sasaki M, Koplin JJ, Dharmage SC, Field MJ, Sawyer SM, McWilliam V, et al. Prevalence of clinic-defined food allergy in early adolescence: The SchoolNuts studyJournal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2018;141(1):391-398 e394. doi:
  6. Sasaki M, Peters RL, Koplin JJ, Field MJ, McWilliam V, Sawyer SM, et al. Risk Factors for Food Allergy in Early Adolescence: The SchoolNuts StudyThe Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in Practice. 2018;6(2):496-505. doi: