CHILD Study researchers uncover immune status “shift” during healthy pregnancy

11 July 2017

A recent CHILD Study publication sheds new light on an old question: What changes occur in a woman’s immune system during a healthy pregnancy?


CHILD Study data to support new research into child lung health

28 June 2017

A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, ON, has been awarded $75,000 to use CHILD Study data to develop tools that will predict and monitor lung disease in young children.


CHILD Study team to study how prenatal artificial sweetener intake affects infant weight

28 June 2017

A multi-institutional CHILD Study research team involving the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary has been awarded $75,000 by CIHR to investigate how consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy influences infant weight gain.


Study finds delayed food introduction increases risk of sensitization

8 June 2017

Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby’s first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the CHILD Study.


Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing?

2 May 2017

A study of over 2,700 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that babies who are breastfed longer are less likely to wheeze, putting them at lower risk for asthma later on. For babies born to mothers with asthma, the protective effect of breastfeeding is even more pronounced.


Pet exposure during early life affects infant gut microbiota

7 April 2017

Owning a cat or dog might be a good thing when it comes to reducing the risk of childhood allergies and obesity, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.


UAlberta study shows infants do better on developmental tests when their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy

25 May 2016

Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples—eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But now a new study is showing the benefits of fruit can begin as early as in the womb.


Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages in pregnancy influences infant BMI

9 May 2016

A study of over 3,000 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy may place infants at an increased risk of obesity.


CHILD Study researchers to study environment’s impact on chronic diseases

2 May 2016

Three research teams using data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study are receiving $2 million each, for a total of nearly $6 million over five years, to investigate how early life environmental factors can impact long-term health and the development of chronic diseases.


Antibiotic use during birth affects infant gut microbiota

13 October 2015

Infants of Canadian women who received antibiotics during labour or delivery were more likely to have an altered gut microbiome, according to new research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.


Four gut bacteria decrease asthma risk in first 100 days of life

30 September 2015

Four types of gut bacteria play a critical role in the first 100 days of life in protecting children against asthma, according to new research from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children’s Hospital that involved the participation of more than 300 families from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.


Asthma Society of Canada announces “Clearing the Air” award for leadership in health research

12 May 2015

Dr. Malcolm Sears, a professor in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University and Director of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, has been awarded the Asthma Society of Canada’s “Clearing the Air” award recognizing outstanding leadership in asthma research.


Environmental-exposures study tracks more than 3,200 Canadian babies

5 May 2015

An SFU health scientist has co-authored a study that is the first report on research tracking the health impact of environmental exposures for thousands of Canadian babies.


Exposure to air pollution in the first year of life increases risk for allergies

4 May 2015

New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study shows that exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.


Infant gut bacteria and food sensitization: associations in the first year of life

4 March 2015

A new study from Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba is shedding new light on changes in intestinal bacteria of infants that can predict future development of food allergies or asthma.


AllerGen researchers find infant gut bacteria is influenced by delivery and feeding methods and may have long-term health effects

11 February 2013

In an article published February 11, 2013 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), AllerGen trainee and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Meghan Azad, and AllerGen researcher Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, University of Alberta, found that infant gut microbiota was influenced by method of delivery (vaginal vs. cesarean) and feeding method (breastfeeding vs. formula).