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Getting ready for this year’s grass pollen season!

Brisbane’s grass pollen season is here, which increases the health risks for hay fever and asthma sufferers. The QUT Allergy Research Group is excited to unveil their new AusPollen Brisbane website, which will report and forecast risk levels of grass pollen in the air around Brisbane for the current day and the next two days. Pollen…

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Grass Gazers: Citizen Science Project

The QUT Allergy Research Group is proud to announce that they are a successful recipient of a 2020 Queensland Citizen Science Grant! These grants are offered to increase community participation in citizen science projects and for scientists and citizen scientists to work in partnership to increase scientific knowledge. The QUT Allergy…

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Honours and Masters projects available with Allergy Research Group

The Allergy Research Group is seeking enthusiastic candidates to join a leading interdisciplinary team researching pollen aerobiology and its impact on allergic disease. There are a number of Honours and Masters projects available! For a detailed description on the projects available please see here. Applications are welcome from…

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ABC: Have you got COVID-19 or hay fever?

Spring has sprung and in some parts of the country that means those of us who get hay fever are eyeing pollen-laden plants and windy weather forecasts with suspicion. But it’s also not the best time to have a runny nose and be coughing and spluttering in public while we’re all worried about the spread of COVID-19…. …But your hayfever…

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Channel10 News: School students join researchers to beat hay fever and allergies

Professor Janet Davies and students from Corinda State High School on Channel10 News discussing the citizen science ‘Grass Mappers’ project developed to help students do science while working from home. ‘Researchers are going ‘back to school’ in their push to beat hay fever and allergies. Year 11 and 12 students have been recruited to…

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Media Release: Brisbane school students become citizen scientist grass mappers

Researchers from the Allergy Research Group have collaborated with Brisbane’s Corinda State High School to develop a citizen science project to enable students to do science learning while at home. “When the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place we thought ‘now is the time’ to get this project going, as a way to keep students engaged…

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Media Release: QUT researcher at parliamentary inquiry on allergies: Brisbane’s grass pollen season the worst on record

The head of QUT’s Allergy Research Group and of the AusPollen network, which provides information on pollen concentrations and forecasts, Professor Davies was invited to appear at the Brisbane public hearing of the inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged…

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The Conversation: How to manage grass pollen exposure this hay fever season: an expert guide

“Nearly one in five Australians are affected by hay fever. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, you’ll know how troublesome the symptoms can be. Grass pollen is the major outdoor trigger of hay fever and allergic asthma. Pollen grains contain a variety of allergens that can trigger allergic reactions in people who are sensitised to…

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Media Release: QUT to put grass pollen research to Swiss nanotech

QUT Head of Allergy Research, Associate Professor Janet Davies is leading a collaboration with Swiss medtech company Abionic SA to develop rapid, targeted tests for allergies to subtropical grass pollens – tests that could be administered in a GP office. The project is supported with funding from the National Foundation for Medical…

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The Conversation: Thunderstorm asthma: who’s at risk and how to manage it

“Late in the afternoon of a hot spring day, November 21, 2016, a thunderstorm from the northwest swept over Geelong and Melbourne, triggering the world’s most devastating thunderstorm asthma epidemic. The scale and impact of this unparalleled public health emergency took Victorians by surprise. Thousands of people began, almost…

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ABC TV: Associate Professor Davies on ABC TV Weekend Breakfast

Associate Professor Janet Davies on ABC TV Weekend Breakfast discussing how to manage your Spring allergies.

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Media release: Summer is coming: hay fever & asthma sufferers beware

Thunderstorms are part and parcel of Queensland’s spring and summer.  In parts of Australia, thunderstorms can be deadly for people with hay fever and asthma, says QUT Faculty of Health expert Professor Janet Davies. “Thunderstorms combined with extreme levels of grass pollen triggered asthma in thousands of people across Melbourne last…

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