A pilot study has shown that an experimental vaccine for cat allergy can reduce the systemic immune response and symptoms of allergic rhinitis in individuals allergic to cats, including nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching and runny nose. The vaccine, called Cat-PAD …

Peripheral blood analysis shows benefit of peptide immunotherapy for cat allergy Read more »

Walter and Maria Schroeder The CHILD Cohort Study and McMaster-based AllerGen investigators studying food allergy will be beneficiaries of a generous donation made to McMaster University in support of allergy research. Part of the donation of $10M made by Walter …

CHILD, AllerGen researchers receive generous boost from private donation Read more »

A new study led by CHILD Cohort Study (CHILD) researchers has found that eating peanuts while breastfeeding, combined with introducing peanuts to babies in their first year, may reduce a child’s risk of peanut allergy by age five. The study, …

“Triple exposure:” Mom eating peanut, breastfeeding & introducing peanut early could help protect against peanut allergy in children Read more »

There is a significant increase in the incidence of peanut and unknown nut anaphylaxis among children at Halloween and Easter, according to a new Canadian study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The study evaluated the average daily …

Nut anaphylaxis risk increases among kids at Halloween and Easter Read more »

A new approach to harmonizing food allergy phenotypes could improve genetic research in food allergy, according to an international consortium of experts convened by AllerGen researchers. The authors published their recommendations as a Letter to the Editor in Allergy, the …

Food allergy researchers propose diagnostic ‘tiers’ to improve food allergy genetics studies Read more »

Anaphylaxis to peanut has significantly decreased in children over the past six years, according to a new Canadian study that measured anaphylaxis rates for the nine most common food allergens. “Our study showed a significant decline in the number of …

Peanut anaphylaxis declining in children, overall food-related anaphylaxis still a concern: C-CARE Read more »

Dr. Derek Chu has been awarded the prestigious CAAIF-CSACI-AllerGen Emerging Clinician-Scientist Research Fellowship. This $250,000 award enables a newly trained Canadian allergist and immunologist to pursue advanced research and establish a combined career as a clinician and an academic researcher. …

Fellowship award advances Canadian food allergy research Read more »

A new Canadian study concludes that the procedure known as an oral food challenge (OFC), considered the “gold standard” of food allergy testing, faces several barriers preventing its widespread implementation. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical …

“Gold standard” food allergy test faces implementation barriers that targeted educational strategies may address Read more »

A new study led by AllerGen researcher Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan suggests that treatment guidelines for managing anaphylaxis in children should be reassessed, and shows that pre-hospital treatment with epinephrine has the greatest protective effect against uncontrolled allergic reactions. The research, …

Guidelines for managing anaphylaxis in children need an update Read more »