Category: Media coverage

CIC-tested biologic poised to become a “game-changing, blockbuster” asthma drug

In 2014, AllerGen’s Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC) conducted an early Phase II clinical trial on the injectable biologic drug tezepelumab, developed by MedImmune (the biologics arm of AstraZeneca) and Amgen, and first identified the drug’s significant therapeutic potential. “Now, it’s

AllerGen researcher featured in CIHR breastfeeding panel

On August 2, 2017, AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba) participated in a panel discussion organized by the CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child & Youth Health (IHDCYH) on breastfeeding and children’s health. In the event, Dr. Azad

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

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

Dr. Malcolm Sears, Dunedin Study featured in documentary series

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Malcolm Sears is featured in a 2016 documentary series chronicling the lives of 1,037 people born in Dunedin, New Zealand during 1972-73. The series, Predict My Future: The Science of Us, reveals the fascinating findings from

AllerGen experts cited in Globe story about Quebec anaphylaxis incident

Commentary by AllerGen Research Leaders Drs Allan Becker (Professor and Head, Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba) and Susan Elliott (Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo) is

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

Nicole Letourneau a “change agent” for health

Dr. Nicole Letourneau, a researcher within AllerGen’s Gene-Environment Interactions, and Patients, Policy and Public Health Enabling Platforms, has been named “one of four Alberta change agents for health ” by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is featured on the cover

CIHR highlights gut bacteria research in new online feature

Research published by AllerGen investigators Drs Brett Finlay and Stuart Turvey in September 2015, demonstrated that four specific gut bacteria, present during the first 100 days of life, protect against the development of asthma. The work, which was funded by

Microbiome seeding begins in the womb

When is a baby’s microbiome first established? Is it at birth when an infant is exposed to its mother’s microbes and the environment? Or is it even earlier? A review paper by AllerGen researchers summarizes the growing evidence that human

Maclean’s magazine places CHILD Study centre stage

Maclean’s magazine featured the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study and recent scientific discoveries generated from CHILD Study data in its November 16, 2015, issue. The feature article “Gut feelings: A baby’s gut bacteria shape her health, and may

“The Allergy Fix” on CBC

“The Allergy Fix,” produced by CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, will be re-broadcast on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBC-TV. The episode, which features AllerGen researchers Dr. Susan Waserman and Dr. Stuart Turvey, travels