Professor Sheryl van Nunen OAM FRSN

National Allergy Centre of Excellence Insect Allergy Stream Co-chair

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  • Visiting Medical Officer, Northern Beaches Hospital, Sydney
  • Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
  • Senior Advisor, Division of Respiratory, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, VINMEC International Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Convenor, TiARA (Tick-induced Allergies Research & Awareness)

Dr Sheryl van Nunen OAM FRSN is a Clinical Professor at both The University of Sydney and Macquarie University, a Consultant Physician in allergic diseases and a Visiting Medical Officer at Northern Beaches and Convenor of TiARA (Tick-induced Allergies Research & Awareness).

She was Head of the Department of Allergy at Royal North Shore Hospital for more than 26 years (1985-2011) and a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital (1988-2020).

Prof van Nunen is a clinician and medical educator who, in 2007, first described the association between mammalian meat anaphylaxis and prior tick bites. She has more than 175 publications to her credit, and is an award-winning teacher at the University of Sydney. She has been the Principal Investigator in clinical trials of over 70 per cent of all new therapies introduced to Australia for allergic rhinitis during her 40-year career in allergy.

Her research interests include mammalian meat allergy and tick anaphylaxis and their implications. Prof van Nunen is particularly interested in the increased burden of coronary artery disease in alpha gal sensitised individuals and in pharmacogenetic risk factors in severe cutaneous drug reactions in the Vietnamese people.


5-grass-pollen SLIT effectiveness in seasonal allergic rhinitis: Impact of sensitization to subtropical grass pollenWorld Allergy Organization Journal, Feb 2022

Managing Mammalian Meat Allergy and Tick AnaphylaxisMedicine Today. Mar 2021

Tick-induced Allergies: Mammalian Meat Allergy and Tick AnaphylaxisAustralian Doctor: How to Treat. Sept 2020

Human leukocyte antigen-associated severe cutaneous adverse drug reactions: from bedside to bench and beyond. Asia Pac Allergy. Jul 2019

Developing pharmacogenetic screening methods for an emergent country: VietnamWorld Allergy Organization Journal. Jun 2019


  • Tick anaphylaxis, mammalian meat allergy, tick advice TA/MMA), progress in TA research projects, Northern Beaches Hospital
  • Tick endemicity and cancer prevalence, Kirby Institute University of New South Wales
  • Pharmacogenomics of Severe Cutaneous Adverse drug Reactions, Vietnam


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