2012 CCS Public Lecture

Research Nurse Karen Symons doing a skin prick test

Allergy and Anaphylaxis - the facts and your questions answered

You are invited to Central Clinical School's 2012 public lecture, on the pervasive health problem of allergies. Allergic diseases are among the most common chronic disorders, affecting nearly one third of adults in developed countries, and the problem is increasing.

Professor Robyn O'Hehir (pictured, below) is an internationally renowned expert in the field. She will present on a potpourri of common allergic diseases including asthma, hayfever, food allergy and venom allergy.  She will describe the exciting research leading to prospective new treatments which is being conducted here and internationally.

See lecture details below or download flier.


  • Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2012
  • Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start. Lecture for 45 minutes followed by Q&A session.
  • Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the BakerIDI Institute at 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main Alfred Hospital entrance. See map.
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: CLICK HERE. Please RSVP by Friday 30 November for catering purposes
  • Enquiries: Julia.Veitch@monash.edu ph +61 3 9903 0026; Dearnne.Halliwell@monash.edu ph +61 3 9076 2251

About our speaker

Prof Robyn O'Hehir

Professor Robyn O'Hehir is Head of the Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed) in the Central Clinical School and The Alfred. Professor O’Hehir’s basic research investigates the molecular characterisation of allergens and regulators of the inflammatory response to allergens.  She has clinical and research interests in grass pollen, peanut and seafood allergy to enable the development of safe and effective diagnostics and immunotherapy for these allergic diseases.   She also has an active translational research program advancing research and clinical trials into the role of follistatin as a therapeutic for inflammatory lung disorders including cystic fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She is Co-Editor of the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy.

About our MC

Tony Charlton

Tony Charlton is Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Tony has been a much admired media personality and broadcaster since he first commentated on the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Tony has been an active campaigner and patron for many charities, and in particular for The Alfred for the last twenty years. He is a Life Governor of the hospital and is a current Board Member of the Alfred Foundation.

About respiratory allergies

Allergies result from the inherited tendency to produce allergy antibodies (IgE) in response to common environmental allergens.  Most commonly these include allergens from house dust mites, grass pollens, domestic pets and moulds.  The most common allergic disorders are asthma and rhinitis. Less frequent but of increasing clinical importance in the community are IgE mediated allergies to foods such as peanuts and shellfish which may cause anaphylaxis or, rarely, death.

The diagnosis and management of allergies will be discussed with emphasis on the emergency management of anaphylaxis including Anaphylaxis Action Plans.  Illustrative cases will be presented with questions and discussions encouraged for any aspect of diagnosis and management of allergic disorders including current recommendations for hayfever, stinging insect allergy and the role of allergen desensitisation including exciting prospects of novel, safe and effective immunotherapy for peanut allergy.

Research in AIRMed is dissecting the fundamental mechanisms of allergy and using experimental and clinical research to develop novel therapies.

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