Asthma Canada and AllerGen partner for new graduate student research award

Asthma Canada and AllerGen have established a new National Research Program to help young scientists pursue research into early-onset and late-onset asthma. The program will grant two awards to Masters-level (MSc/MScN) student researchers, and two awards to PhD-level student researchers.

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CHILD data supports new research into child lung health

A research team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto will use CHILD Study data to help develop tools to predict and monitor lung diseases in young children. CIHR announced today (28 June 2017) its support for the project,

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New CHILD research: impact of prenatal artificial sweetener consumption on infant weight

A CIHR award announced today (28 June 2017) will allow a CHILD Study team, led by Drs Meghan Azad and Marie-Claire Arrieta, to investigate how a mother’s consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy affects her infant’s microbiome and metabolism. The

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What saliva says about stress

A salivary gland protein is an effective biological marker of human stress, according to new research led by Dr. Dean Befus, an AllerGen Research Leader and a professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alberta. The research, published in

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CAAIF-AllerGen Research Fellowship supports immune research in asthmatic women

The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF) and AllerGen are pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Solomon has been awarded the 2017 CAAIF-AllerGen Research Fellowship, an award that supports the research of exceptional young scientists in the field of

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New CHILD Study paper on timing of food introduction & development of food sensitization

Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby’s first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. The research, published in

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Phase III trial shows new drug can help patients with severe asthma reduce oral steroids

An international study has shown that a new injectable drug (benralizumab) successfully targets the receptor of the immune system protein interleukin-5 (IL-5), allowing patients with hard-to-control asthma associated with blood or sputum eosinophils to reduce or discontinue oral steroids while

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A child’s unique “web of exposures” can affect lung health

Naturally, aspects of a person’s environment are connected, but until recently, scientists lacked the tools to visualize this complex web. The “exposome” concept maps environmental exposures and shows how they can affect a person’s health. In the first study to

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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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Virtual breastfeeding communities: a project inspired at AllerGen event

What do Instagram, breastfeeding, a Manitoba-based epidemiologist and an Alberta-based digital technology expert have in common? They all come together in a new research project, with the AllerGen network as the catalyst. At AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference in Vancouver, BC,

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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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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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