Professor Katrina (Katie) Allen is Theme Director Population Health and Group leader Gastro & Food Allergy at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and a member of the Raising Children Network Board.
Katie is a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergist undertaking research in the evolving field of food allergy. She is a prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow and is the principal investigator of the HealthNuts study, the largest single centre population-based study of food allergy in children ever mounted. Katie is chief investigator on a further five NHMRC-funded studies which seek to answer parts of the jigsaw with regards to the evolving allergy epidemic.
Katie is a member of the Paediatric and Education committees for Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, and of the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders committee for both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the European Society of Paedatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is also a member of the World Allergy Organisation Clinical and Scientific Affairs committee, and is on the Board of the Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation.
She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, remains an active clinician at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and lectures medical students in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and Trainee RACP candidates.