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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

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

Winning HQP videos “clever” and “relatable,” say judges

An animated musical about the harmful chemicals contained in plastic consumer products took first place in AllerGen’s 2016 HQP Video Competition. “The Phthalates Song,” created by Evelyn Gunawan, Min Hyung Ryu and Agnes Yuen, received top ranking from an expert

Trainee John-Paul Oliveria wins McMaster, EAACI awards

AllerGen HQP John-Paul Oliveria has been recognized by McMaster University and by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) for his performance as a graduate student and for his contributions to the 2016 EAACI Congress. At the May

The epigenetics of allergen and diesel exhaust: new insights

How does exposure to diesel exhaust (DE) and inhaled allergens provoke molecular changes in the lung tissue of allergy-prone individuals? The UBC-based lab of AllerGen investigator Dr. Christopher Carlsten is helping to answer this question. Two recent studies bring us

Two AllerGen trainees awarded ATS Abstract Scholarships

AllerGen trainees Maxwell Tran and Dr. Leila Mostaço-Guidolin were recognized for the outstanding quality of their abstracts at the 2016 conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), held May 13–18, 2016, in San Francisco. Tran, a BHSc student at McMaster

Microbiome seeding begins in the womb

When is a baby’s microbiome first established? Is it at birth when an infant is exposed to its mother’s microbes and the environment? Or is it even earlier? A review paper by AllerGen researchers summarizes the growing evidence that human

New C-CARE findings on anaphylaxis recurrence

The annual incidence of recurrent anaphylaxis in children is 29%, according to new findings from AllerGen’s Cross-Canada Anaphylaxis REgistry (C-CARE) project. Dr. Andrew O’Keefe, an allergist from St. John’s, Newfoundland, presented the results at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma

Uric acid plays a role in peanut allergy

Allergy researchers at McMaster University have shown, for the first time, that uric acid is a critical signal for the induction of peanut allergy. The research team included AllerGen investigators Drs Manel Jordana, Susan Waserman and Mark Larché, as well

Better estimates of food allergy prevalence

For years, experts have relied upon telephone surveys to estimate the number of Canadians with food allergies. But how do you accurately measure the prevalence of food allergies when people do not answer the phone or refuse to be surveyed?

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AllerGen trainee interviews Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall in Nature

Dr. Meghan Azad recently interviewed the scientist who risked his health to prove his theory about the link between stomach ulcers and the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Read the interview here.