Dr Gladymar Perez Chacon
I believe the outcomes from this study will not only be relevant for Australia as it searches for feasible interventions to counter its ‘tsunami’ of food allergy in young children, but will be of particular significance to my own country and other low and middle income countries as they consider how to optimise their own vaccine strategies – in particular whether they should invest scarce resources into replacing whole cell with acellular pertussis vaccines.

Gladymar’s research focussed on the allergy protective benefits of the addition of an early single dose of the whole-cell whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine into the immunisation schedule, and the reduction of the burden of food allergy and eczema in Australian children. This innovative strategy is also expected to provide a better protection against pertussis.

ResearchingPublic health
AffiliatedCurtin University|
Focus areaHealth