Category: Announcements

New faces on CHILD administrative team

Autumn has brought change to the administrative ranks of the CHILD Study. As of September 1, 2017, the Manitoba site has a new Research Coordinator, and as of September 8, 2017, CHILD Toronto has a new Site Leader. Dr. Theo

Remembering Michelle Harkness

With profound sadness, we confirm that Michelle Harkness, AllerGen’s Manager, Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Training and Events, and a longtime colleague and friend, passed away on August 22, 2017, following a brief illness. Michelle managed AllerGen’s HQP program with passion

Allergy Pals going strong

On August 11, 2017, student Benjamin Cruickshank and his mom, Allison, met with AllerGen staff to share how the Allergy Pals program for kids with food allergies has had an impact on their lives. “I love Allergy Pals,” says 11-year-old

New Director and Co-Director appointed to CHILD Study

On July 1, 2017, Dr. Padmaja Subbarao became the Director of the CHILD Study and Dr. Stuart Turvey the Study’s Co-Director. Dr. Subbarao takes over the position from the Study’s Founding Director, Dr. Malcolm Sears. “Without Malcolm, there would be

The CHILD Study announces its new “baby”

On July 31, 2017, the CHILD Study launched its new website at childstudy.ca . The new website provides easy access to a wealth of information about CHILD’s community of researchers, administrative team, research foci, current projects, and its progress and

NIAID issues new peanut introduction guidelines

On January 5, 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), released new clinical guidelines recommending the introduction of peanut-containing foods during infancy to reduce the risk of developing

New CHILD video: Link between traffic pollution and allergy risk

A new CHILD Study video shows how breathing in traffic fumes during infancy can increase the risk of allergies later on. CHILD is following 3,500 Canadian children from pre-birth to school age and beyond to help us understand the causes

New Food Allergy Report from the US National Academies

On November 30, 2016, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Health & Medicine Division) released a major report on food allergies: Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management,

Dr. Bruce Mazer named interim head of RI-MUHC

AllerGen investigator Dr. Bruce Mazer has been designated Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). His appointment will be effective from October 1, 2016, until a new Executive

New federal report on food allergies and air travel in Canada

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has issued a report on its “Ministerial Inquiry into Allergies to Peanuts, Nuts and Sesame Seeds in Commercial Air Travel” (June 2016). The Inquiry looked into the issue of passenger allergies to peanuts, nuts and

AllerGen names new Associate Scientific Director

Dr. Kelly McNagny, Professor of Medical Genetics and Co-Director of the Biomedical Research Centre at The University of British Columbia, has been named Associate Scientific Director of AllerGen, effective June 1, 2016, succeeding the inaugural incumbent, Dr. Dean Befus, Professor

AllerGen partner launches new anaphylaxis training course

Food Allergy Canada—the community-based advocacy, information, education and research organization and valued AllerGen partner—has launched a new online training course for parents and caregivers entitled: “Anaphylaxis in the Community: What Parents and Others Need to Know.” Developed with Leap Learning Technologies

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