Australia has the highest rate of food allergies in the world. One in ten 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
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.”
At MCRI we do research differently. We fearlessly tackle the biggest health issues facing children today – from allergy, obesity and mental health to rare genetic disorders. With your support, we strive to answer the impossible questions.