Projects

 

Can parasite derived molecules be harnessed to prevent diseases?

Food allergy is considered the “second wave” of the allergy epidemic after asthma and allergic rhinitis. Currently, the primary forms of therapy for food allergy are avoidance of trigger allergens,…

Immunomodulatory Properties of Schistosoma Mansoni derived molecules in Food Allergy

Food allergy rates are steadily increasing, with 20% of the Australian population affected, and costs the Australian economy $7 billion each year. Currently, the primary forms of therapy for food…

Understanding the Relationship between the Human Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Syndrome

The current health approach for diagnosing metabolic syndrome (MetS) is based upon random health checks by a healthcare provider which may have been triggered by symptoms that are either related…

#SchoolFoodies

Optimising Primary School Food and Nutrition Environments in Queensland Towards a co-design model for sustainable action Why is this important? Currently, Australian children are not meeting the recommended intake amount…

Feeding Families in Tough Times (FFiTT)

Feeding Families in Tough Times (FFiTT) is a partnership between academics, families with a lived experience of food insecurity, and key actors in food security including providers of emergency food relief,…

Responsive Feeding in Tough Times (R-FiTT)

In disadvantaged areas 21 to 25% of households report experiencing worry or issues with having enough food (food insecurity) and the economic impacts of COVID-19 are placing more pressure on families Why…

Co-design Gateway

Evidence-based Co-design Framework & Toolkit for Children’s Nutrition Research This project will develop an evidence-based co-design framework and toolkit for nutrition research from fundamental science, to its implementation as interventions…

Feeding our Mana

Exploring Maori and Pasifika Family and Community Food Security in Queensland What is the project about? While physical, social, and economic access to sufficient quantity and quality of food for…

Connecting with Cultural Foods

A project looking at cultural foods in South East Queensland   Food security means being able to find enough food which is safe and nutritious for an active and healthy…

Feeding Families in Tough Times: Children's perspectives of food insecurity

Why is this important? At least one in ten households in Australia are estimated to be food insecure. Children from households that face food insecurity may experience general poorer health…

Dads at Mealtimes

Dads at Mealtimes: Exploring fathers’ food parenting, feeding roles and experiences in tough times Our Vision Enable children to achieve optimal growth and nutritional status through supporting family Context Limited…

Feeding Siblings: Exploring mealtimes in Australian households with siblings aged 1 to 5 years

We’re recruiting! Have two kids aged 2 to 5 years? Click here to complete an online survey and go into a draw to win 1 of 3 $200 e-gift cards!…

Kids to the Front: Children’s food practice perspectives for enhanced public health nutrition

Why is this important? Children’s nutrition and the poor outcomes resulting from unhealthy diets are the focus of many public health discussions, strategies and programs in Australia. However, the voice…

Regulating the Microbiome and Immune Development in Early Life

  Since microbiome and DNA sequencing has come to light it has been found that microbiome plays an important role in immune function. Microbiome imbalance in the neonatal period is…

The Mums & Meals Study

Our Vision Our vision is that all women have consistent access to healthy food in pregnancy, to help give children the best possible start in life. Why is this important…

The Infant Gut Health Study

Why are we doing this? This project aims at investigating the shifts in the gut microbiome composition in individuals infected with gastrointestinal helminths (Parasitic worms) and the potential health implications…

Does diet regulate the microbiome and immune development in early life?

Why are we doing this? This project will allow us to design a better approach to possibly prevent or treat irritable bowel diseases, allergies and mood disorders. Context Nearly one…

ASCENT study: Allergic Symptoms after CaesarEaN SecTion Trial

The small organisms (microbiome) present in our gut play a major role in health and disease, primarily because they work closely with our immune system. The first allergen encounter occurs…

Development of Novel Compounds for the Treatment of Asthma

Helminth infections are linked to lower rates of autoimmunity and allergy. Animal models have shown some benefit of live helminth infection on atopy, however clinical studies did not improve airway…