National food policy plan overlooks food allergy—commentary

Why are 50% of Canadian households—those affected by food allergy, either directly or indirectly—ignored in a national food policy plan to address healthy living and safe food? The question is raised in a new Canadian Food Studies commentary by AllerGen

AllerGen’s Scientific Director receives CSACI’s Jerry Dolovich Award

“Dr. Judah Denburg is an amazing colleague, clinician, researcher and, to a large degree, visionary, and it is extremely fitting that he is being honoured with the Jerry Dolovich Award,” observed Dr. Allan Becker, as he announced the honour at

Breastfeeding may protect against obesity in early life

New CHILD Study research has found that infants who are breastfed have a reduced risk of being overweight in the first year of life—and that the protective association is stronger with longer and more exclusive breastfeeding. “We found that the

Study sheds light on how the immune system “remembers” food allergens

An AllerGen-supported research team at McMaster University is studying why the body’s immune system responds inappropriately to certain foods and why some food allergies are lifelong. A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to a food. The immune system

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children

Killing germs around the house may have an impact on young childrens’ waistlines. The connection? The infant gut microbiome, according to a study led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj (University of Alberta). “Infants living in households where disinfectants are

CHILD Co-Director honoured for “outstanding career in child health”

Dr. Stuart Turvey has distinguished himself not only as an international research leader, but also as a dedicated and compassionate clinician and as a highly valued colleague and mentor. So begins an inspiring tribute to AllerGen investigator Dr. Turvey by

AllerGen researchers launch food allergy app for youth

Kung Food, a food allergy app for youth and teens that was developed with AllerGen support, is now available in the Mac App Store and on Google Play. The mobile application aims to improve the knowledge and skills of youth

Epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital

“It’s a disappointing reality that epinephrine is seriously underused during an anaphylactic reaction, even when it is carried,” says AllerGen investigator Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan (Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre). A new study, led

Breastfeeding and social media: catalyzed by AllerGen

AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba) met AllerGen Highly Qualified Personnel Alessandro Marcon (University of Alberta) at AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference in Vancouver, BC. Their encounter catalyzed a unique research project that explored the question of whether or

CHILD Study: Maternal depression higher among certain ethnic minorities

Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years, according to new CHILD Study research. It was already known that mothers

CHILD research finds Lung Clearance Index effective at detecting infant lung problems

Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI), a measure of ventilation distribution, can detect lung problems in children as young as four months old. “Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and detecting

AllerGen HQP receive Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

AllerGen HQP Drs Christopher Pascoe and Sarah Svenningsen are among a select group of researchers to be named 2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows. Dr. Pascoe (Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) researches the role of early life environmental exposures, including gestational

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