AllerGen HQP shine at CSACI

Poster Competition winners at CSACI 2017

AllerGen Trainees continue to shine at the AllerGen/Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) Poster Competition, winning 11 of the 16 awards granted at the Fall 2017 event.

The Competition was held in conjunction with CSACI’s 2017 Scientific Meeting, from October 11 to 15, 2017, in Toronto, ON. This was the fifth consecutive year that AllerGen and CSACI, an AllerGen legacy partner, co-hosted the competition.

The 11 AllerGen awardees are listed below, by category.

Allergic Rhinitis/Asthma

Honourable mention
Garthika Navaranjan
University of Toronto
Supervisor: Jeffrey Brook
Title: Assessing Canadian children’s exposure to phthalates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

2nd place tie
Helen Cai
The Hospital for Sick Children
Supervisor: Padmaja Subbarao
Title: Determining if asthma risk at 5 years can be predicted in early life using infant and preschool pulmonary function tests (PFTs)

Young Woong Kim
The University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Scott Tebbutt
Title: Immune gene signatures in blood of patients with allergic rhinitis following nasal allergen challenge

1st place
Maxwell Tran
McMaster University
Supervisor: Malcolm Sears
Title: Predicting the atopic march: results from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study

Basic Science/Immunology

2nd place
Kurtis Ng
University of Alberta
Supervisors: Harissios Vliagoftis and Dean Befus
Title: Mast cells enhance resistance against influenza A in epithelial cells

1st place tie
Bassel Dawod
Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Jean Marshall
Title: Examining the impact of TLR2 and cow’s milk on oral tolerance development

John-Paul Oliveria
McMaster University
Supervisor: Gail Gauvreau
Title: FoxP3+ regulatory B cells were higher in sputum and blood, but lower in bone marrow following whole lung allergen challenge in allergic asthmatics

Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis

Honourable mention
Sara Johnson
University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Roberta Woodgate
Title: The lived experience of teens with Food-Induced Anaphylaxis (FIA): a proposed study

2nd place tie
Bahar Torabi
McGill University
Supervisor: Bruce Mazer
Title: PD-L1+ regulatory B cells increase during milk oral immunotherapy

Other Allergy/Immunology

1st place
Christopher Liwski
Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Jean Marshall
Title: The impact of IgE-mediated activation on human mast cell responses to viral infection

Case Reports

2nd place
Herman Tam
University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Tamar Rubin
Title: Meningococcal sepsis in possible complement deficiency: a case report

See the full list of poster winners.