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Research Fellow
Department of Medicine (Wellington)
Research summary
Asthma and allergy


Phillipa Barnes is a Research Fellow with the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her main research interests are in respiratory and allergic disease health in children. Phillipa has worked on a considerable number of projects within this arena looking at: identifying childhood risk factors of asthma and allergies; probiotics in the prevention of eczema; associations between bedroom environment and the incidence of rhinovirus infections; housing factors associated with new onset wheeze; probiotic use in the prevention of ear infections and colds in young children; the microbiota of NZ Homes and any influences on health.?

As well as undertaking field work, Phillipa also takes the role of data manager for these projects.? She has extensive experience in designing and maintaining study databases using MS Access, REDCAP and Qualtrics.


Shorter, C., Crane, J., Barnes, P., Kang, J., Honeywill, C., Robertson, O., O'Sullivan, K., Telfar-Barnard, L., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). The cost of achieving healthy temperatures in children's bedrooms: Evidence from New Zealand. Energy Policy, 164, 112861. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112861 Journal - Research Article

Walker, G. J., Stelzer-Braid, S., Shorter, C., Honeywill, C., Wynn, M., Willenborg, C., Barnes, P., Kang, J., Pierse, N., Crane, J., Howden-Chapman, P., & Rawlinson, W. (2022). Viruses associated with acute respiratory infection in a community-based cohort of healthy NZ children. Journal of Medical Virology, 94, 454-460. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25493 Journal - Research Article

Karvonen, A. M., Täubel, M., Shorter, C., Pierse, N., Douwes, J., Pekkanen, J., … Howden-Chapman, P., Stanley, T., Barnes, P., & Crane, J. (2019). Moisture damage related fungal microbiota and new-onset wheezing in children. Allergy, 74(Suppl. 106), (pp. 225-226). doi: 10.1111/all.13959 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Crane, J., Barthow, C., Mitchell, E. A., Stanley, T. V., Purdie, G., Rowden, J., Kang, J., Hood, F., Barnes, P., … Wickens, K. (2018). Is yoghurt an acceptable alternative to raw milk for reducing eczema and allergy in infancy? Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 48(5), 604-606. doi: 10.1111/cea.13121 Journal - Research Other

Wickens, K., Barthow, C., Mitchell, E. A., Stanley, T. V., Purdie, G., Rowden, J., Kang, J., Hood, F., … Franklin, I., Barnes, P., … Abels, P., … Crane, J. (2018). Maternal supplementation alone with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 during pregnancy and breastfeeding does not reduce infant eczema. Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, 29(3), 296-302. doi: 10.1111/pai.12874 Journal - Research Article

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