A big part of our mission is to support research studies to help advance the effective treatment and management of severe allergies.
With every new piece of research, we come closer to one day knowing how best to prevent severe allergies and maybe even find a cure altogether.
Click on the links below to learn more about the different research projects we are currently involved in and to find out how you can support us in this:
- Allergy Research Small Grant Scheme — for MSc, MA or PhD students/early career researchers
- New: Jointly funded small grants for research into allergy and dietetics with the BDA
- Anaesthetic Anaphylaxis – the Molecular Genetics of Adverse Drug Reactions study
- Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management
- TRACE Peanut Study
- Food Preferences Study
Funding for MSc, MA, PhD students or early career researchers
Applications for 2016 are now closed. We regret that we are not accepting any further applications for 2017 as our funds are committed elsewhere.
Previous grants went to:
- £600 was awarded to an investigation into whether AAIs are capable of intramuscular adrenaline injection even when the needle tip does not reach the muscle. To also investigate whether injection into ballistic gelatin is an accurate reflection of what happens in muscle tissue.
- £2,100 was awarded to research into new technology for auto-injector training to help provide a formal evaluation of a Smartphone system, AllergiSense, for auto-injector training.
- £824 was awarded to a Prospective Study of Markers for Pollen Food Syndrome Among Children Attending Allergy Clinic in London to help fund information sheets & questionnaires for the children, parents/guardians and other materials for skin prick testing
- £2,200 was awarded to a study on elucidating the role of fungal protease allergen induced TSLP production in promoting allergy, anaphylaxis and airway wall remodelling
- £4,450 towards the cost of video production for a project surrounding the development of novel educational videos for parents of children with food allergies (milk, egg, nuts)
- £2,245 for a study into why young people with severe allergies join support groups, exploring how and why young people interact with support groups and what they perceive as the helpful aspects in managing their condition. The study is now looking for participants — find out more here, www.asg-study.co.uk Allergy Support Group (ASG) Study
We don’t award
- Grants towards service provision or audit studies
- Grants purely for higher education, we do not pay course fees for degrees or subsistence costs
- Grants for non-UK based students or for work undertaken wholly outside the U.K
- Any indirect costs such as administrative or other overheads imposed by the university or other institution
- Costs associated with advertising and recruitment of staff
- ‘Top up’ funding for work supported by other funding bodies
- Costs to attend conferences.
Send your application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are now closed for our new initiative between the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Trustees of the British Dietetic Association General and Education Trust Fund, a research fund has been jointly made available to advance the science and practice of dietetics in relation to allergic conditions. The grant programme is open to researchers with innovative ideas for new research in this field, which can be completed within 18 months of the grant award. The fund has £5,000 to be awarded to a successful applicant or applicants. The deadline for applications was 26th of August, for approval in September 2016. The approval of grants will be made jointly by trustees of both organisations. Terms and conditions from the BDA GET Trust Fund will apply.
Further details of grants awarded under this programme will be announced shortly.
Anaphylactic reactions are a rare but potentially fatal adverse effect of anaesthesia given before surgery. At The University of Liverpool, researchers are currently investigating the potential genetic factors behind why some people have these reactions.
The team, led by Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed, hope to develop a simple blood test that can be used to identify at-risk patients before they are given an anaesthetic. This work can only be done with the help of people who have suffered an allergic reaction to anaesthetic medications in the past. After giving a small sample of their blood or saliva, the DNA of around 200 such people will be analysed in order to identify the potential genetic reasons for their adverse reactions.
If you have had an anaphylactic reaction as a result of an anaesthetic and would like to help inform a more personalised approach to anaesthesia, please see the study team’s recruitment poster for details on how to get involved.
Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management, Pan-European project
The iFAAM project is the world’s biggest ever study of food allergies. It is being spearheaded by the University of Manchester, but is worldwide in scope and involves the world’s leading experts in the UK, Europe, Australia and US.
We are actively involved in delivering the patient’s perspective on the issues involved in this project and organising focus grops and contributing to papers on incidence and severity of food allergies.
For more information on this project, please contact us.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
Addenbrokes Hospital, Cambridge
The TRACE Peanut Study is taking place at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Addenbooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and aims to find out exactly how much peanut is safe for the population so that food labelling can ultimately be improved.
Food manufacturers generally use precautionary ‘may contain nuts/peanuts’ warnings because they can’t be sure whether products may, by accident, contain peanut. The TRACE Peanut Study aims to find out exactly how much peanut will cause an allergic reaction in those with a peanut allergy by conducting food challenge testing on around 100 people. The focus area of the study is on two ‘extrinsic’ factors known to influence allergic thresholds (exercise and tiredness).
The Food Standards Agency, who commissioned the trial, will be able to use this information to improve the clarity of food labelling for peanut-allergic consumers in the UK, something we as an organisation are keen to develop as one of the best lines of defence against anaphylaxis.
The Campaign helped with recruitment of subjects to the study and we are on the Trial Steering Committee(TSC). Our role is to help protect patient safety throughout the study and to ensure the patient’s voice is heard.
Conducted by the University of Bath, University College Cork and the University of Southampton on behalf of the Food Standards Agency.
Following implementation of allergen rules in the Food information Regulations in December 2014, this research aims to understand the impact of this legislation on food allergic and food intolerant consumers’ reported eating out behaviours and experiences, and to compare these with the experiences of allergic and intolerant consumers prior to the legislation.
Firstly there will be a report on the early results of the qualitative work conducted with 57 participants that explored the change in their eating out experiences following their first interviews before the 2014 legislation. The researchers will note both continuity and change in the strategies and preferences that they report when eating out. Secondly, the researchers will outline the areas that will be explored in the survey that will be launched in November 2016 to 200 participants that are new to the survey. Eight hundred and seventy four participants completed Part 1 and 632 consented to be re-contacted and so will be invited to return to complete Part 2. This survey has a particular focus on changing profiles of quality of life as well as characterising any changes in eating out practices and preferences between the two time points. Finally the researchers will report on the associated PhD project exploring on the ways in which people utilise social media in both seeking and providing allergy relevant information and how they attribute credibility to this.