Allergies are caused by a hyperactive immune system mistakenly responding to external substances such as food, pollen or medications. Allergies impact on quality of life, and in severe cases can be life-threatening.


Our researchers are studying the immune system to improve our understanding of why allergies develop and how to better treat them.

Allergy research at WEHI

Our researchers are:

  • Participating in a large infant health study examining immunity and allergy in babies
  • Studying why some babies have hyperactive immune cells that predispose them to developing food allergies
  • Examining the role of specialised immune cells in controlling food allergies
  • Investigating how immune cells contribute to the development of allergic asthma
  • Uncovering the cause of chronic spontaneous hives
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