Dr. Michael Kobor appointed to BC Leadership Chair

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Michael Kobor, a Professor of Medical Genetics and Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics at The University of British Columbia, has been appointed to the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development. The Chair provides

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NIAID issues new peanut introduction guidelines

On January 5, 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), released new clinical guidelines recommending the introduction of peanut-containing foods during infancy to reduce the risk of developing

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New CHILD video: Link between traffic pollution and allergy risk

A new CHILD Study video shows how breathing in traffic fumes during infancy can increase the risk of allergies later on. CHILD is following 3,500 Canadian children from pre-birth to school age and beyond to help us understand the causes

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National study examines relationship between immigration status and the prevalence of non-food allergies

A study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health has found that immigrants to Canada have fewer non-food allergies than the non-immigrant population, but that the difference diminishes with longer duration of residence in Canada. The study, which is

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Canadian alternative medicine clinics: over half make unproven allergy/asthma claims

The majority of Canadian chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic and acupuncture clinics claim that they can diagnose or treat allergy/sensitivity and asthma, according to an AllerGen study of nearly 400 clinic websites. The research, published December 17, 2016, in BMJ Open, analyzed

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AllerGen awards fourth Emerging Clinician-Scientist Research Fellowship

AllerGen is pleased to announce that Dr. Catherine Biggs has been awarded the prestigious AllerGen Emerging Clinician-Scientist Research Fellowship. During the two-year Fellowship, Dr. Biggs will train under the supervision of AllerGen investigator Dr. Stuart Turvey, pediatric immunologist and director

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New Food Allergy Report from the US National Academies

On November 30, 2016, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Health & Medicine Division) released a major report on food allergies: Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management,

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Randy Yatscoff wins lifetime achievement award for Canadian entrepreneurship

Dr. Randy Yatscoff, a key member of the AllerGen network since 2010, has been awarded the Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an “outstanding impact and enduring legacy” in

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CIC researchers find new drug more effective than Xolair

A new study by researchers in AllerGen’s Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC) has shown that a developmental drug, QGE031 (ligelizumab), is three times more effective than Xolair (omalizumab) in reducing symptoms of mild allergic asthma. The research, led by Dr. Gail

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AllerGen trainee receives prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

An early career researcher and former AllerGen Network trainee has been named a 2016 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship, valued at $70,000 per year for two years, is Canada’s most prestigious award for postdoctoral research. Dr. Matthew Gold, a Postdoctoral

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Immunotherapy technique holds promise for curing food allergies

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. John Gordon and his team at the University of Saskatchewan have developed a new immunotherapy technique that reverses food allergies in mice. Their research was co-funded by AllerGen and CIHR. The findings, published in the Journal

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Anaphylaxis recurrence in kids: New C-CARE findings

A new study by AllerGen researchers suggests that nearly 18% of children who are treated medically for an anaphylactic reaction will experience another episode of anaphylaxis within a year. The study also found that children with food-induced anaphylaxis and children

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