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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AllerGen authors on 2016 Science Book Awards shortlist

Let Them Eat Dirt, a book based on research into how the microbes in our body contribute to our lifelong health, is on the shortlist for the 2016 Science in Society General Book Award. AllerGen investigator Dr. B. Brett Finlay

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Molecular “fingerprinting” finds altered levels of sensor proteins in asthmatics

AllerGen researchers at McMaster University have found that people with mild allergic asthma have altered levels of “sensor” proteins that defend against infection and disease. Toll-like like receptors (TLRs) are proteins that play a key role in detecting and responding

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Why are some food allergies lifelong?

New research by AllerGen investigators Drs Manel Jordana and Susan Waserman and their team at McMaster University helps to explain why allergies to some foods, such as peanut, may persist for a lifetime. The study, published in the Journal of

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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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Diabetes in pregnancy associated with impaired lung function and childhood asthma

Diabetes in pregnancy may lead to impaired lung development and poor respiratory health among infants, according to a new review paper by researchers at the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION) in Manitoba. The article, “Diabetes in

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ASNPN Vice-President attends high-profile International Day of Women and Girls in Science event

On February 11, 2017, AllerGen HQP Laura Feldman joined an exclusive audience of more than 100 women and girls to celebrate the 2017 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, held at Facebook Canada’s headquarters in Toronto, ON. As

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Study finds GO train riders exposed to high level of diesel exhaust

A study co-authored by AllerGen investigator Dr. Greg Evans, a University of Toronto professor of chemical engineering and director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR), has found that passengers travelling in diesel-powered commuter GO trains risk

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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

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Food Allergy Canada takes lead in McDonald’s menu controversy

Changes at one of the country’s oldest fast-food franchises have sparked controversy around food allergens and restaurant policies. McDonald’s Canada recently announced that all food products sold in its restaurants “may contain peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens” as the

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