Category: CHILD Study

Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing?

New research published 2 May 2017 in the European Respiratory Journal by AllerGen trainee Lorena Vehling and AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad shows that breastfed babies have a reduced rate of wheezing, putting them at a lower risk for asthma

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Pet exposure during early life affects infant gut microbiota

Owning a cat or dog might be a good thing when it comes to reducing the risk of childhood allergies and obesity, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. The research, published in the

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New microbiome book highlights AllerGen research

A new book, describing the “seed-and-feed” process by which a baby’s gut microbiome is established, features AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj and her research using CHILD Study data. Written for the general public, Your Baby’s Microbiome: The Critical Role of

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CHILD Study in The Economist

The Economist magazine highlights the CHILD Study in its February 25, 2017, issue. The article, “Four good bugs,” profiles research led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Brett Finlay of The University of British Columbia, which looks at the relationship between gut

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Malcolm Sears: CHR Researcher of the Month

“An innate curiosity, rugged determination, keen power to intuit observations, and capacity to think and act outside the box”–these are a few qualities of AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Malcolm Sears highlighted by Canadians for Health Research (CHR) as they honour

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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

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AllerGen Research Leader heads major urban health project

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Jeffrey Brook is Scientific Director and Nominated-Principal Investigator on a new five-year, $4.16 million Operating Grant from the CIHR’s Environments and Health Signature Initiative. The project, CANadian Urban Environmental (CANUE) Health Research Consortium, aims to advance

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CHILD Study director awarded J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine

Dr. Malcolm Sears, an internationally renowned respirologist and epidemiologist, has been named joint winner of the prestigious 2016 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. The Robarts Research Institute of Western University in London, ON, awards the prize annually to

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Does thumb sucking ward off allergies?

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may have a lower risk of developing allergies, according to new findings published in the journal Pediatrics. “While we don’t recommend that these habits be encouraged, there does appear to be

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CHILD Study shows link between IgA and C. difficile bacteria

A new study from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study is the first to show an association between early gut immune development and colonization with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)—a bacteria known to be a risk factor for future

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Two AllerGen trainees awarded ATS Abstract Scholarships

AllerGen trainees Maxwell Tran and Dr. Leila Mostaço-Guidolin were recognized for the outstanding quality of their abstracts at the 2016 conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), held May 13–18, 2016, in San Francisco. Tran, a BHSc student at McMaster

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Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies’ cognitive development: CHILD Study data

New research using data from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study has found that children perform better on developmental testing at one year of age if their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy. AllerGen investigator Dr. Piush Mandhane,

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