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Dr Jennifer Koplin
Dr Jennifer Koplin is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded fellow in the field of epidemiology of allergic disease. She completed her PhD in 2011 on the epidemiology of childhood food allergy at the University of Melbourne.
- Career Development Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council (2019-2022)
- MCRI Discovery Award 2018
- Early Career Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council (2013-2016)
- Visiting fellowship/guest researcher, University of Bergen, Norway (May-July 2014)
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology International Young Investigators Award (2012)
- European Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology conference - best presentation in the “Epidemiology and risk factors for food allergy" section (2011)
- Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship (2011)
Dr Koplin leads the epidemiology research program within the Gastro and Food Allergy group at MCRI. Her research focuses on population studies of allergic disease, particularly in understanding risk factors for allergy. She has a strong research interest in the role of infant feeding in food allergy prevention, and recently contributed to the development of new Australian and international guidelines on infant feeding for preventing peanut allergy. In 2018, she received a National Health and Medical Research Council project grant to measure the impact of these guidelines on infant feeding practices and the population prevalence of peanut allergy. She is also a co-investigator on two large food allergy prevention trials, VITALITY and PrEggNuts, and two population-based allergy cohort studies, HealthNuts and SchoolNuts. She is a chief investigator in the Centre of Research Excellence in Food Allergy. Jennifer has published more than 100 paper in the area of allergy epidemiology.
Patterns of tree nut sensitisation and allergy in the first 6 years of life in a population-based cohort. McWilliam V, Peters R, Tang ML, Dharmage S, Ponsonby AL, Gurrin L, Perrett K, Koplin J, Allen KJ. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
Asian children living in Australia have a different profile of allergy and anaphylaxis than Australian-born children: A State-wide survey. Wang Y, Allen KJ, Suaini NHA, Peters RL, Ponsonby AL, Koplin JJ. Clin Exp Allergy. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
Important risk factors for the development of food allergy and potential options for prevention.
Koplin JJ, Allen KJ, Tang MLK. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
What can urban/rural differences in food allergy prevalence tell us about the drivers of food allergy?
Allen KJ, Koplin JJ. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
Food Allergy Is an Important Risk Factor for Childhood Asthma, Irrespective of Whether It Resolves. Vermeulen EM, Koplin JJ, Dharmage SC, Gurrin LC, Peters RL, McWilliam V, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Lowe AJ, Tang MLK, Allen KJ; HealthNuts investigators. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017; 6 (4):1336-1341.
Prevalence of clinic-defined food allergy in early adolescence: The SchoolNuts study. Sasaki M, Koplin JJ, Dharmage SC, Field MJ, Sawyer SM, McWilliam V, Peters RL, Gurrin LC, Vuillermin PJ, Douglass J, Pezic A, Brewerton M, Tang MLK, Patton GC, Allen KJ. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;141(1):391-398.
Understanding the feasibility and implications of implementing early peanut introduction for prevention of peanut allergy. Koplin JJ, Peters RL, Dharmage SC, Gurrin L, Tang MLK, Ponsonby AL, Matheson M, Togias A, Lack G, Allen KJ; HealthNuts study investigators. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016;138(4):1131-1141.
Polymorphisms affecting vitamin D-binding protein modify the relationship between serum vitamin D (25[OH]D3) and food allergy. Koplin JJ, Suaini NH, Vuillermin P, Ellis JA, Panjari M, Ponsonby AL, Peters RL, Matheson MC, Martino D, Dang T, Osborne NJ, Martin P, Lowe A, Gurrin LC, Tang ML, Wake M, Dwyer T, Hopper J, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ; HealthNuts Study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 ;137(2):500-506.
Koplin JJ and Allen KJ. Optimal timing for solids introduction – why are the guidelines always changing? Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 2013: 43: 826-834
Allen KJ and Koplin JJ, Ponsonby AL, Gurrin LC, Wake M, Vuillermin P et al. Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with challenge-proven food allergy in infants, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology April 131(4): 1109-1116, 2013
Koplin JJ, Dharmage SC, Ponsonby A-L,Tang MLK. Lowe AJ, Gurrin LC, Osborne NJ, Martin PE, Robinson MN, Wake M, Hill DJ, KJ. Allen. Environmental and demographic risk factors for egg allergy in a population-based study of infants. Allergy Nov;67(11) 1415-22,2012 PubMed
Koplin JJ, Osborne NJ, Wake M, Martin PE, Gurrin LC, Robinson MN, Tey D, Slaa M, Thiele L, Miles L, Anderson D, Tan T, Dang TD, Hill DJ, Lowe AJ, Matheson MC, Ponsonby AL, Tang ML, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. Can early introduction of egg prevent egg allergy in infants? A population based study. J Allergy Clin Immunol Oct;126(4):807-13. 2010
Koplin JJ, Allen KJ, Gurrin LC, Peters RL, Lowe AJ, Tang ML, Dharmage SC. The impact of family history of allergy on risk of food allergy: a population-based study of infants. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Oct 25;10(11):5364-77
Osborne NJ, Koplin JJ, Martin PE, Gurrin LC, Lowe AJ, Matheson MC, Ponsonby AL, Wake M, Tang ML, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. Prevalence of challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy using population-based sampling and predetermined challenge criteria in infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Mar;127(3):668-76
Martin PE, Koplin JJ, Eckert JK, Lowe AJ, Ponsonby AL, Osborne NJ, Gurrin LC, Robinson MN, Hill DJ, Tang ML, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. The prevalence and socio-demographic risk factors of clinical eczema in infancy: a population-based observational study. Clin Exp Allergy. 2013 Jun;43(6):642-51
Tey D, Allen KJ, Peters RL, Koplin JJ, Tang ML, Gurrin LC, Ponsonby AL, Lowe AJ, Wake M, Dharmage SC. Population response to change in infant feeding guidelines for allergy prevention. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb;133(2):476-84