Author: Marshall Beck

Study sheds light on how the immune system “remembers” food allergens

An AllerGen-supported research team at McMaster University is studying why the body’s immune system responds inappropriately to certain foods and why some food allergies are lifelong. A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to a food. The immune system

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children

Killing germs around the house may have an impact on young childrens’ waistlines. The connection? The infant gut microbiome, according to a study led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj (University of Alberta). “Infants living in households where disinfectants are

CHILD Co-Director honoured for “outstanding career in child health”

Dr. Stuart Turvey has distinguished himself not only as an international research leader, but also as a dedicated and compassionate clinician and as a highly valued colleague and mentor. So begins an inspiring tribute to AllerGen investigator Dr. Turvey by

AllerGen researchers launch food allergy app for youth

Kung Food, a food allergy app for youth and teens that was developed with AllerGen support, is now available in the Mac App Store and on Google Play. The mobile application aims to improve the knowledge and skills of youth

Epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital

“It’s a disappointing reality that epinephrine is seriously underused during an anaphylactic reaction, even when it is carried,” says AllerGen investigator Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan (Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre). A new study, led

Breastfeeding and social media: catalyzed by AllerGen

AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba) met AllerGen Highly Qualified Personnel Alessandro Marcon (University of Alberta) at AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference in Vancouver, BC. Their encounter catalyzed a unique research project that explored the question of whether or

CHILD Study: Maternal depression higher among certain ethnic minorities

Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years, according to new CHILD Study research. It was already known that mothers

CHILD research finds Lung Clearance Index effective at detecting infant lung problems

Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI), a measure of ventilation distribution, can detect lung problems in children as young as four months old. “Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and detecting

AllerGen HQP receive Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

AllerGen HQP Drs Christopher Pascoe and Sarah Svenningsen are among a select group of researchers to be named 2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows. Dr. Pascoe (Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) researches the role of early life environmental exposures, including gestational

Infants who sleep less may have lower cognitive and language skills by age two

Does your child sleep less than 12 hours over a 24-hour period? Does he or she breathe through the mouth, snore or have pauses in breathing while asleep? New CHILD Study research has examined the impact of an infant’s sleep

Chris Carlsten advocates for the study of complex, real-world exposures in CHEST

Imagine if your allergy or asthma management plan took into account not only the nature of your allergic condition, but also the level of traffic pollution in your neighbourhood, the proximity of your house to an allergen-intensive green space, and

Breastmilk sugars known as HMOs may help prevent food allergies

Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study indicate that complex sugars in breastmilk, known as human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), may reduce the risk of babies later developing food allergies. “Our research has identified a ‘beneficial’ HMO profile that was associated with a

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