Community Conversation - Have your say about exciting research on kids' immune development

Community Conversation - Have your say about exciting research on kids' immune development

From October 17, 2018 18:45 until October 17, 2018 21:00

At 15 Hospital Ave, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia

Rates of non-infectious diseases have skyrocketed in recent decades, reaching epidemic levels in much of the world. The major non-infectious diseases affecting Australian children and youth are allergic diseases (e.g. asthma), obesity and metabolic diseases (e.g. type 2 diabetes), neurodevelopmental issues (e.g. autism), and mental health issues (e.g. anxiety).

Changes caused to immune development early in life can possibly lead to asthma and allergic disease. Exciting new research shows that as well as fighting off infections, the immune system also appears to control the nervous and metabolic body systems in ways that are still not very clear.

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute want to create a 'map' to understand what type of things affect the development of the immune system. This 'map' will help them to work out how they can promote healthy immune development and develop new personalised preventions and treatments to reduce the levels of disease.

The research team want to hear your thoughts and invite you to join us to discuss this exciting new research with them! Come along to have your say!

You can read more about the research by clicking here.