Cracking Cures

The clever teams at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) are cracking cures for the biggest child health challenges!

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What's all the fuss about?

Australia has the highest rate of food allergies in the world. One in 10 Australian babies are born with a food allergy. Living with a food allergy is debilitating and can be a life-long burden.


cause of anaphylaxis related deaths - peanuts


people affected world wide


increase over the last 20 years

What we are doing about it

Our work involves creating a long-lasting cure for people with peanut allergies. Together with scientific researchers and industry partners, we are excited to announce super positive results that could change peoples’ lives.

picture of girl in research lab

Our results in a nutshell...

Rather than avoiding peanuts... our solution aims to allow peanuts to be introduced into the diet.


More than 80 per cent of children in our original trial who received the treatment, a combination of peanuts and a probiotic, were able to tolerate peanuts at the end of the study.

Four years later, 70 per cent of children in the trial could still eat peanuts without any reaction, which proves our treatment is safe and effective.

How does it work?

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Rather than traditional methods of immunotherapy using the allergen alone to build up tolerance, we introduce a probiotic together with peanut protein. We found this changes the body’s immune system to provide a protective response rather than a harmful allergic reaction!

girl with peanut allergy

A life changed

Meet Olivia

She joined the trial when she was two and is now 10 years old. Before she became involved with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Olivia could never go to parties or play dates without taking her own food and life-saving medication.

But the trial changed Olivia’s life.

The treatment helped her to tolerate peanuts and she can now enjoy parties without the fear of an allergic reaction if she accidentally eats peanuts. Life is good!

Meet Mimi

Professor Mimi Tang is a rock star in her field. She pioneered the probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT) treatment.

“This treatment has the potential to help people with all kinds of food allergies, not just peanut. Eventually, we want this treatment to be available to everyone.”

Mimi Tang

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