Professor Katie Allen (MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP PhD, Paediatric Allergist & Gastroenterologist) is undertaking research in the evolving field of food allergy. She is a prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow and is the principal investigator of the HealthNuts study - the largest single centre population-based study of food allergy in children ever mounted. Despite this she remains an active clinician in both the Department of Allergy and the Department of Gastroenterology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.She is a member of the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders committee for American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and of the Paediatric and Education committees for Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers including 2 recent invited reviews on eosinophilic oesophagitis. Along with Ralf Heine she is currently mounting a study looking at the effectiveness of dietary intervention for the management of eosinophilic oesophagitis in children.
Dr Looi Ee (MBBS, FRACP, Gastroenterologist) trained in paediatric gastroenterology in Perth and Cincinnati, USA. She has an interest in children with feeding difficulties and runs the Enteral Feeding Service at Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane which manages children who require long term tube feeding. She is on the committees of Digestive Health Foundation, and Gastrointestinal Advisory Group for Therapeutic Guidelines and is a past president of the Australian Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrion.
Dr Sam Mehr (MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP, FRCP, Allergist/Immunologist) is currently working at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW and in private practice. His areas of interests include the care of children with immediate food allergies, gut mediated food allergies, eczema, hay-fever and immunodeficiencies. His current research interests in eosinophilic oesophagitis include determining the number of children affected with EoE in Australia and developing a non-invasive, non-endoscopic bio-marker to assist in the diagnosis of EoE.
Barbara Dennison (Dietitian - Allergy & Metabolic) is a paediatric dietitian working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. She moved to Sydney from Wellington, NZ in 2002. Her involvement with food allergy began in the mid-80s and has continued until now. At the Children’s Hospital at Westmead she has expanded her knowledge and experience working with the Allergy and Immunology Team. EoE has become an increasing part of that work. Her aim is to make managing food exclusions as practical and hassle-reduced as possible. Three little grandboys keep her very aware of the challenges that feeding children brings.
Sonia Milgate (Bach, B.Pharm, Grad Dip of Education) has completed a bachelor of pharmacy (1st class honours) at Sydney University in 2004 and completed a research project on the provision of pharmacist only medicines in community pharmacy with Prof. Timothy Chen. She has worked in a range of community pharmacies since, including at the Aboriginal Congress, Alice Springs and abroad in the UK. She has a special interest in the provision of prescription and non-prescription medicines to infants and children. She has also attained a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) and works as a learning assistance support teacher at a local primary school.