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Peanut allergies are the most widely known allergy associated with anaphylaxis. While children tend to grow out of most food allergies, nut allergies often extend into adulthood. With advances in research coming out of Melbourne, is there a new secret weapon in preventing long-term peanut allergies? This session highlights an exciting and rapidly-advancing area of allergy health.
Dr Paxton Loke is a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Melbourne Allergy Centre and Children’s Specialists Medical Group and a locum Consultant with the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children’s Hospital. As a clinician-scientist, he is the current Principal Investigator of the multi-centre Probiotic and Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (PPOIT) study which aims to induce long lasting tolerance to peanut, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He has also published over 27 international journal publications including a book chapter and an international patent. A key project examined the state-wide prevalence of Victorian government school children at risk of anaphylaxis. Outside of work, Paxton enjoys spending quality time with his young family, in addition to serving the community in volunteer positions, and various outdoor activities. See Educator Profile