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Debbie Palmer


  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 793 Citations
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Dr Debbie Palmer (BSc, BND, PhD) is head of the Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research Team at the University of Western Australia. She is one of a few dietitians worldwide undertaking research in the area of nutritional strategies for allergy prevention. After ten years of clinical paediatric dietetic experience and specialising in the area of food allergy, Debbie commenced her research career. Her current research activities include conducting randomised controlled trials focusing on nutritional interventions for the prevention of allergic disease.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research.
Expertise in nutrition, allergic disease and clinical trials, in particular the design and conducting of intervention studies during pregnancy, lactation and infancy, including 7 randomised controlled trials specifically in the area of nutritional strategies for the prevention of allergic disease.

Future research

Extend our research scope to investigate the influence of nutrition in early life on other health outcomes.

Funding overview

Chief Investigator on 12 grants worth $4,980,788.
4 grants as Lead Chief Investigator (CIA), as well as being a Chief Investigator on 7 additional grants, including 3 NHMRC project grants (ID 626805, 1027710 and 1046036).

Previous positions

Senior Dietitian at the Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia.
Post-doctoral fellow at the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute in South Australia.

Current projects

QuEST Trial: optimal exposure of egg protein through breast milk to infants during lactation STEP Trial: optimal timing of egg introduction into the solid food diet of infants
VITAL trial: vitamin D supplementation to infants.

Teaching overview

Current supervision of 2 PhD students, who are due to complete in 2015.


1) maternal fish oil supplementation during pregnancy, 2) optimal exposure of egg protein through breast milk to infants during lactation 3) optimal timing of egg introduction into the solid food diet of infants and 4) vitamin D supplementation to infants.

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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 2008 2018

3 Citations

Taking a prebiotic approach to early immunomodulation for allergy prevention

Pretorius, R., Prescott, S. L. & Palmer, D. J. 2 Jan 2018 In : Expert Review of Clinical Immunology. 14, 1, p. 43-51 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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The ORIGINS Project

Colvin, L. J., Hagemann, E., Prescott, S. L., Silva, D., Palmer, D. J. & Miller, S. Aug 2018 Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD): From Biological Basis to Clinical Significance. Kubota, T. & Fukuoka, H. (eds.). Springer Singapore, (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; vol. 1012)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Chemiluminescent immunoassay and LC/MS-MS methodology for the determination of vitamin D status in infants at high risk for developing allergic diseases: Is there any analytical bias?

Rueter, K., Black, L., Max, B., Clarke, M., Gamez, C., Lim, E., Palmer, D., Prescott, S. & Siafarikas, A. Aug 2017 In : Allergy. 72, p. 567-567 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

2 Citations

Early introduction of food reduces food allergy – Pro and Con

Palmer, D. & Prescott, S. 1 May 2017 In : Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 28, 3, p. 214-217 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle