New genetic clue to peanut allergy

AllerGen researchers have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy. The gene, c11orf30/EMSY, is already known to play a role in other allergy-related conditions, such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. This study is the first to associate the

Posted in Food allergy, Publications/Research updates

Dr. Brett Finlay inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

AllerGen investigator Dr. Brett Finlay (The University of British Columbia) is one of six 2018 inductees to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Laureates of this honour are individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to

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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

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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

Posted in CHILD Study, Investigator news, Media coverage

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

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Breastmilk hormones may help prevent obesity in infants

For years, scientists have attempted to understand the complexities of human milk—what it’s made of, how it’s produced, and how its unique composition affects an infant’s growth and development. In a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity,

Posted in CHILD Study, Publications/Research updates

Protecting against peanut allergy in children: new findings

Eating peanut while breastfeeding and early peanut introduction may help protect against peanut allergy in children, according to a new study led by researchers at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba and published in

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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

Posted in Announcements, In Memoriam

Canadian allergists/immunologists comment on recent Australian oral immunotherapy study

AllerGen investigators Drs Manel Jordana and Susan Waserman and AllerGen HQP Dr. Derek Chu have prepared a statement in response to a recent Australian study being heralded as a “breakthrough” and a “cure” for peanut allergy. The paper, published in

Posted in Food allergy, Investigator news

Natalia Mykhaylova a Visionaries Prize finalist

AllerGen trainee Dr. Natalia Mykhaylova has been selected as one of six finalists in the Scientific and Technology Innovation category for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize. The prize was created to give Ontario’s most creative thinkers a platform for tackling

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Omni Awards for AllergyAware.ca

AllergyAware.ca has won two Gold Omni Awards for website excellence in the categories of Education and Health & Fitness. AllergyAware.ca provides free access to online courses regarding anaphylaxis and allergy within the school environment, community and child care. The medically

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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

Posted in Announcements, Food allergy, Partner news
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