Professor Mimi Tang MBBS, PhD
Professor Tang is a Paediatric immunologist allergist with the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Group Leader of Allergy and Immune Disorders Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and a lecturer in the University Undergraduate Science and Biomedical Science degrees. She has an international reputation in research, clinical care and policy aspects of Allergy and Immunology.
Prof Tang has received >$27M in peer reviewed grant funding including $4.8M from prestigious international (NIH, Gates Foundation) and >$19M from national funding agencies (NHMRC, ARC).
Professor Tang has authored more than 250 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as a book on childhood food allergies; 135 of these were published in the last 5 years.
Professor Tang is an inventor on 2 patents. The most recent describes a novel approach to treatment of food allergy - A method of inducing tolerance to an allergen (ID 2008900463; Filed MCRI #22 priority 1st Feb 2008), which has attracted $15M investment for commercialisation.
Professor Tang has contributed to development of national and international guidelines. Key achievements include: development of national ASCIA guidelines on ‘Prevention of Allergic Disease’ and ‘Infant Feeding Advice’ which were widely adopted; development of Anaphylaxis Guidelines and Policy for Schools which are now legislated in Victoria.
Professor Tang sits on national and international expert committees of the lead professional societies in the field, including the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) Board of Directors and various committees for World Allergy Organisation, American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, International Union of Immunological Societies, and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. She is a member of Journal Editorial Boards for Paediatric Allergy Immunology (the leading Paediatric allergy), the Asia Pacific Allergy Journal, and the WAO Journal.
She is committed to developing the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the field of allergy and immunology. In the past 5 years, she has supervised 20 Honours students (15 achieving H1), 7 PhD students (2 recommended for University Honours), 5 postdoctoral fellows and 17 Allergy Immunology advanced trainees, with the majority continuing in research or academia.
She maintains an active role in peer review nationally and internationally, for journals and funding bodies. She has sat on the Australian NHMRC Academy and on NHMRC grant review panels.
Professor Tang was a Director on the National Asthma Council and the Asthma Foundation of Victoria which works to support people with asthma and allergic disease. She is a current member of the Medical Advisory Board of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia, a patient support organisation for people with food allergy. She provides expert content advice to the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and is a member of the Victorian Department of Health Allergy and Anaphylaxis Working Party.