Ji Liang, UNSW, receives Allergen Bureau FAMS2017 travel grant for postgraduate or early career researcher

Travel Grant

The Allergen Bureau were pleased to award the Allergen Bureau travel grant for postgraduate or early career researchers to Ji Liang, ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technology in Food Manufacture, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, for her poster on ‘Development of a sensitive ELISA for detection of fish allergens from the southern hemisphere fish species’. The award was presented to Ms Liang at the FAMS2017 conference dinner on 23 May 2017.

The $1,500 award was selected based on the oral or poster abstract deemed by the award selection panel to best address globally consistent, science-based, food allergen risk assessment and labelling. The award is to be used for intra- or international travel and associated costs to present at FAMS2017 – with any remaining funds may be used to support additional travel associated with their research.

Fish is one of the major food allergens that cause the IgE-mediated food allergy. Due to the cross-reactivity between fish species, strict avoidance of all fish species is recommended to fish allergic patients to prevent recurrence. The current commercial test kits for fish protein detection are largely developed for northern hemisphere fish. This study will fill the gap of sensitive immunoassay available for detection of southern hemisphere fish species.

The selection panel of Lisa Clark (Simplot Australia), Dr Simon Brooke Taylor (VSEP and Allergen Bureau) and Ray Murphy (Allergen Bureau) congratulated all of the students and researchers on their posters and presentations.

Development of a sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detection of fish allergens from the southern hemisphere fish species

Ji Liang1 ,Shi Liu1, Steve L. Taylor2, Joseph Baumert2, N. Alice Lee1

 1ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia

2Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Photo left to right: Kirsten Grinter, Allergen Bureau President and Nestle Australia; Rob Sherlock, Allergen Bureau Vice-President and DTS Food Assurance; and Ji Liang, UNSW