Dr Jennifer Koplin
Dr Jennifer Koplin is a National Health and Medical Research Fellow-funded early career fellow with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She completed her PhD on the epidemiology of food allergy in childhood in 2011 at the University of Melbourne. She has recently completed a three-month visiting fellowship at the University of Bergen, Norway working on the large international research project RHINESSA, which is investigating respiratory and lung health throughout the lifespan and across generations in Northern Europe, Switzerland, Spain and Australia.
Dr Koplin has supervised six honours students in the past three years and is currently co-supervisor for two PhD students. She is a committee member for Early to Mid Career Researchers Association (EMCRA) at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Dr Koplin has published 29 peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters in the six years since commencing her PhD in 2007.
- 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 - award for best presentation in the “Epidemiology and risk factors for food allergy" section (2011)
- Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship (2011)
Dr Jennifer Koplin's research focuses on the development of allergic disease in childhood. She has played a key role in study design and analysis of a number of population-based allergy studies including the HealthNuts study - the largest single centre population-based study of food allergy in children ever undertaken and the SchoolNuts study of food allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis in Victorian school children. Dr Koplin's work over the past five years has contributed significantly to understanding of the prevalence, natural history and genetic and environmental risk factors for allergic disease in infants and children. Her work on infant diet and food allergy contributed to changing infant feeding guidelines to remove advice to delay the introduction of foods for food allergy prevention and her recent findings regarding a potential role for vitamin D in allergic disease are contributing to the development of the world's first large-scale population-based trial of vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of food allergy.
Dr Koplin currently works across multiple studies which aim to understand the progression from food allergy and eczema in childhood to asthma and allergic rhinitis in later life (the HealthNuts cohort); risk factors for anaphylaxis and adverse reactions to food in schoolchildren (SchoolNuts); the development of allergic disease in the first year of life (the Barwon Infant Study); and asthma and lung health throughout the lifespan (Respiratory Health In Northern Europe, Switzerland, Spain and Australia study – RHINESSA).
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
Tan HT, Ellis JA, Koplin JJ, Matheson MC, Gurrin LC, Lowe AJ, Martin PE, Dang TD, Wake M, Tang ML, Ponsonby AL, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. Filaggrin loss-of-function mutations do not predict food allergy over and above the risk of food sensitization among infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Nov;130(5):1211-1213
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
Peters RL, Dharmage SC, Gurrin LC, Koplin JJ, Ponsonby AL, Lowe AJ, Tang ML, Tey D, Robinson M, Hill D, Czech H, Thiele L, Osborne NJ, Allen KJ. The natural history and clinical predictors of egg allergy in the first 2 years of life: a prospective, population-based cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb;133(2):485-91