New research from the CHILD Cohort Study sheds some light on the importance of the infant’s mouth as a source of breastmilk bacteria. The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome—a community of bacteria living within it—is relatively new and has …

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In a knowledge translation video prepared for AllerGen’s HQP Video Competition, AllerGen trainees Laura Feldman and Natasha Gray, in collaboration with their colleague Dresden Glockler-Lauf, provide an introduction to public health surveillance and describe how it is being used by …

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A study led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in September 2018, is the journal’s top article for 2018 in terms of media coverage. The study used data from CHILD Study …

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A new C-CARE study is shedding light on “anaphylaxis due to an unknown trigger” (AUT), a medical condition about which surprisingly little is known. The study, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, followed nearly 4,000 …

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The Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) has chosen AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Jean Marshall to receive its top honour—the Bernhard Cinader Award for “distinguished scientific leadership and accomplishments in immunology.” The CSI bestows the award annually upon a Canadian immunologist …

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AllerGen trainee Dr. Kozeta Miliku, MD, PhD, has been offered two postdoctoral fellowships to support her CHILD-based research into the relationship between breastfeeding and lung health. Dr. Miliku has accepted a one-year Breathing as One Research Fellowship from the Canadian …

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Dr. Frances Silverman, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and world-renowned expert on the health effects of air pollutants and the role they play in the development of inflammation, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at her home …

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On December 6, 2018, the federal government of Canada announced that the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program—the program that has supported AllerGen since 2005—will be phased-out over the next several years. “The NCE has been a ground-breaking program …

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Asthma Canada and AllerGen are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Asthma Canada / AllerGen Graduate Student Research Award recipients within Asthma Canada’s National Research Program. L to R: Xiaoshu Cao (University of Toronto), Ryan Huff (The University of British Columbia), …

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Artwork: Sean Caulfield In the Canadian legal context, food allergy is considered a disability that must be accommodated by schools. However, food bans are not legally required, according to the conclusions of a new AllerGen study published in Allergy, Asthma …

Is food allergy a legal disability and how does this affect Canadian schools? Read More »

New AllerGen-supported research suggests that people allergic to fish and shellfish do not usually outgrow these allergies. Published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, the study used data collected by survey and by accessing medical records …

Few outgrow seafood allergies Read More »

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 …

National food policy plan overlooks food allergy—commentary Read More »