Personal details

Name
Professor Janet Davies
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Immunology, Medical Biotechnology, Other Environmental Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 3751
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy - Biological Sciences (Murdoch University)

Professional memberships
and associations

World Health Organisation, International Union of Immunological Societies; Allergen Nomenclature Committee.
Associate Editor, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, British Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
EAACI, Task Force on Component Resolved Diagnostics.
World Allergy Organization, Aeroallergen Committee.
EAACI, Special Interest Group on Aerobiology and Air Pollution.
ASCIA Immunotherapy Working Party.
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).
Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI).
Women in Technology (WIT).

Keywords

allergy, aerobiology, IgE, grass pollen, allergic rhinitis, immunodiagnostics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Prof Davies completed her PhD in Biotechnology at Murdoch University and undertook postdoctoral training at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital.  She is the Assistant Director of Research for Australia’s largest hospital network, Metro North Hospital and Health Service where she develops research strategy, policy and chairs the clinical research education program. The underlying theme of her research is antigen-antibody interactions. Her current work focuses on applied allergy research to improve diagnosis, treatment and understanding of the immunological mechanism underlying allergic respiratory diseases.  This extends to leading the multidisciplinary AusPollen aerobiology partnership that is establishing the standardized national pollen monitoring network.  She is an inventor on a patent granted in Australia and three patent applications under examination that underpin development towards more specific immunodiagnosis and treatment for subtropical grass pollen allergy.  The NHMRC, The National Foundation For Medical Research Innovation and The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia support her research.  Prof Davies is engaged in collaborative research with the global leaders in allergy diagnosis (ThermoScientific, Sweden), Abionic Switzerland and treatment (Stallergenes, France), the national pathology service provider Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology and Abacus ALS.

This information has been contributed by Professor Janet Davies.

Experience

As an internationally renowned thought leader in pollen allergy research Prof Davies  was appointed to the position of Vice Chair of the WHO IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Committee.  In this role, she provides oversight to the revision of criteria for designation of substances as allergens with a key opinion article now in press.  By invitation to a select expert international Task Force on Component Resolved Diagnosis in 2015, she contributed multiple chapters for the world’s first guidelines on use of allergen components for clinical diagnosis; Molecular Allergology User’s Guide (2016).

In 2013, Prof Davies initiated Australia’s first Australian Aerobiology Working Group with 19 members from 5 countries who were leading experts in multiple fields from clinical, physical, and earth sciences through to the arts.  This now included the NHMRC AusPollen Partnership (2016-2020) and the wider AusPollen Aeroallergen Collaboration Network.

Prof Davies leads inter-sector partnerships with government stakeholders in health sector at national level. She has fostered key national partnerships with industry and government exemplified by the NHMRC AusPollen Partnership and the commissioned report for Victorian Department of Health and Human Services that underpins the $15.6M public health response program including the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Pollen Surveillance project managed by the Bureau of Meteorology, for which QUT contributes and she serves on the oversight committee.  These initiatives are achieving breakthroughs with immediate real-world impact upon clinical and public health management of hayfever and asthma for patients in our community.

This information has been contributed by Professor Janet Davies.

Publications


Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2017
Details
Project Steering Committee for interagency Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and Bureau of Meteorology Thunderstorm Asthma Pollen Forecasting Service
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
EAACI Task Force on Component Resolved Diagnostics, invited appointee of expert Task Force to attend fully funded workshop in Berlin April 2015. Through this Task Force I led the chapter on grass pollen allergen and contributed to another on weed pollen allergens to the first international guidelines and clinical algorithms for component resolved allergy diagnosis "EAACI Molecular Allergology User¿s Guide" published as supplement in Pediatric Allergy Immunology and as a book launched by EAACI in 2016.
Type
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2015
Details
EAACI Handbook of Molecular Allergology; invited co-author of two chapters- Grass Pollen Allergens and Weed Pollen Allergens
Type
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2014
Details
Global Atlas of Allergy, Contributing author

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
AusPollen: Implementation of a Standardized National Pollen Alert System for Better Management of Allergic Respiratory Health
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1116107
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Cause and Effect: New Mechanisms of Particles Formation in Thunderstorms
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP190100376
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
Satellite tracking of emerging health threats from grass pollen exposure
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP170101630
Start year
2017
Keywords
Title
Development of an Allergen-Specific Blood Test for Bahia Grass Pollen Allergy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1017441
Start year
2011
Keywords
Allergy testing; Antibody; Allergen; Diagnosis; Asthma prevalence; Allergy; Allergic rhinitis; Asthma
Title
A New and Effective Approach to Reversing Allergic Airways Inflammation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1043311
Start year
2013
Keywords
Asthma therapy; Gene therapy; Allergic Airways disease; Allergy prevention; Anaphylaxis

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL VARIABILITY OF GRASS POLLEN EXPOSURE AND ITS IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Darren Wraith
  • The synergistic interaction between respiratory virus and grass pollen allergy on the immune response in asthmatic and grass pollen allergic teenagers
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kirsten Spann
  • Evaluation of risks associated with grass pollen induced, thunderstorm asthma in Queensland STAR-Q
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Justin Boyle, Professor Philip Baker