2016 / 2017

AllerGen Annual Report

AllerGen NCE Inc. is hosted at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. AllerGen NCE Inc. is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. Created in 1989, the NCE program is a joint initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada).

Corporate Profile

AllerGen NCE Inc. (AllerGen), the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, is a national research network whose mission is to help Canadians address the challenges of living with asthma, allergies, anaphylaxis and related immune diseases.

AllerGen was established in 2004 by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program.

For more than a decade, AllerGen research teams have generated new knowledge; advanced drug development; built a solid foundation for significant health discoveries; forged a strong national and international research and knowledge-sharing network in allergy, asthma, and anaphylaxis; and expanded related research and clinical training opportunities to nurture a new generation of leaders in the field.

In 2016-2017, AllerGen received $5,216,500 in funding from the NCE program. Through strong partnerships and investments in research and innovative capacity-building programming relevant to partners and stakeholders, AllerGen secured additional non-NCE funding at the ratio of $1.84 to every NCE dollar received.

2016-2017 Network Performance

Message from the Board Chair & Scientific Director

AllerGen is pleased to present its 2016-2017 Annual Report, which highlights the Network’s accomplishments and impacts over the past year.

2016-17 was a year of considerable progress towards the achievement of performance milestones across AllerGen’s investment portfolios—research, commercialization, knowledge mobilization and capacity building. These Network accomplishments are the result of an extraordinary degree of collaboration, and level of commitment and expertise, among Network participants from across disciplines and sectors.

Working with 3,500 Canadian children and their families, CHILD Study researchers published important findings this year, including:

  • babies breastfed longer are less likely to wheeze, lowering their risk for developing asthma;
  • exposure to furry pets in early life may protect against childhood allergies and obesity; and
  • delayed introduction of allergenic foods may increase the risk of allergic sensitization.

Such findings, among many others published by AllerGen researchers, help us to understand the links between early-life exposures and long-term health and wellbeing.

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Dr. Howard Bergman receives a plaque of recognition
A change in AllerGen’s leadership in 2016-17
Retiring Board Chair Dr. Howard Bergman (centre) receives a plaque of recognition from Scientific Director Dr. Judah Denburg and Managing Director Dr. Diana Royce.

2016-2017 Impacts

AllerGen’s Integrated Research Program

AllerGen has been transforming the Canadian allergy and asthma research, training and innovation landscape since 2005.

Led by internationally recognized Canadian researchers with transdisciplinary expertise, the Network’s 34 active research projects and strategic initiatives aim to generate new knowledge; advance diagnostics, treatments and prevention strategies; and lay the groundwork for significant future discoveries to improve the quality of life of Canadians living with allergic disease.

Integrated Research Strategy: Legacy Projects & Enabling Platforms

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The Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study


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The Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC)


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The Canadian Food Allergy Strategic Team (CanFAST)


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Gene-Environment Interactions

Enabling Platform

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Biomarkers and Bioinformatics

Enabling Platform

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Patients, Policy and Public Health

Enabling Platform

Research Highlights

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Furry friends help fight allergies and obesity

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Why some food allergies are lifelong

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“Alternative facts” abound in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma

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Tweaking immune cells to tackle food allergy

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Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing—and asthma later on?

Network Partners, Collaborators and Knowledge Users

As a national research network, AllerGen research teams work with industry and community partners, and research receptor organizations across academia, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors. Together, they ensure that the Network’s scientific findings bridge the gap between the research lab and real life, to benefit Canadians living with allergic disease.

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Partnership with CANUE links environmental data with CHILD Study

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Stanford-AllerGen partnership supports HQP specialized training

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AllerGen and provincial partners support early career professionals

In 2016-2017, AllerGen worked with 142 partners, engaging an average of 4.18 partners per research project.

Knowledge & Technology Exchange and Exploitation (KTEE)


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AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference: Connect‒Collaborate‒Innovate

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AllerGen Success Stories

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ResearchSKETCHES keep research simple

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Going Public: CHILD Study engages stakeholders


NCEs focus on impact

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AllerGen mobilizes knowledge at 2016 Canadian Forum

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CHILD Study video: link between air pollution and kids’ allergy risk

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2016-17 webinar series supports achieving research impact

Knowledge & Technology Exchange and Exploitation (KTEE)


Clinical trials leadership brings international investment

AllerGen’s Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC) was founded in 2005 to advance the development of new therapies to treat asthma.

From innovation to commercialization

AllerGen helps its Network investigators to maximize the impact of their projects and to fill the gap between conducting research and developing a product or tool that can improve the lives of Canadians. In 2016-17, AllerGen supported six Network projects with their intellectual property (IP) and commercialization activities.

Tomorrow’s Leaders: AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)


Training the next generation of leaders and researchers in allergic disease is one of AllerGen’s most impactful achievements.

AllerGen’s HQP training program has increased Canada’s research capacity, launched the careers of talented young investigators and clinician-scientists, and produced highly employable graduates working in diverse sectors.

Since 2005, AllerGen has provided education, training and capacity-building opportunities to 1,493 trainees, research staff and early career professionals. The Network invests $500,000 annually in capacity-building programs that provide skill acquisition and development opportunities beyond the traditional training and mentorship provided within research projects.

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AllerGen’s Students and New Professionals Network (ASNPN)

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Women in Science

Students winning awards


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AllerGen awards fourth Emerging Clinican-Scientist Fellowship

In December 2016, Dr. Catherine Biggs received the prestigious AllerGen Emerging Clinician-Scientist Research Fellowship.

Research Skills Awards boost HQP skills

AllerGen Research Skills Awards help the Network’s HQP develop strategically important and advanced research skills through individualized training experiences.

Making the most of summer: AllerGen Summer Studentships

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AllerGen trainees present winning posters at CSACI 2016 Conference

Six AllerGen trainees took top honours across three categories of the 2016 AllerGen/Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) Poster Competition.

Travel awards enrich research experience and opportunities

AllerGen Travel Awards continue to be highly sought after by Network investigators and HQP. These awards, matched 1:1 with partnered funding, provide trainees with unique opportunities for public speaking, networking, research collaboration, knowledge exchange, and skill acquisition and development.

HQP video competition showcases allergic disease research

An animated musical about the harmful chemicals contained in plastic consumer products took first place in AllerGen’s 2016 HQP Video Competition.

A Snapshot of AllerGen HQP 2016-2017


Research Type (n=347)

Gender (n=347)

Nationality (n=347)

Research Program (n=267)

Province (n=347)

University (n=347)

Trainees, New Professionals, Research Associates, and Technicians (including ASNPN) by Province and University (n=347)

Financial Overview

AllerGen NCE Inc. Financial Summary 2016-2017 NCE and Non-NCE

Revenues (cash) 2016-2017 (Year 12) Percentage 2015-2016 (Year 11) Percentage
NCE Award 5,216,500 87.91% 4,216,500 94.19%
Non-NCE Funds 717,294 12.09% 259,859 5.81%
Total 5,933,794 100.00% 4,476,359 100.00%
Expenditures (cash) 2016-2017 (Year 12) Percentage 2015-2016 (Year 11) Percentage
Research Programs 3,399,303 68.21% 3,239,328 70.88%
Networking 136,249 2.73% 59,619 1.30%
Training 377,300 7.57% 296,350 6.48%
Communications 68,189 1.37% 60,531 1.32%
Administration 1,002,660 20.12% 914,436 20.01%
Total 4,983,701 100.00% 4,570,263 100.00%
Committed Amounts for Future Research 1,851,294 1,230,919

All Revenue Sources (Cash and In-Kind) 2016/2017 NCE and Non-NCE

Source Cash In-Kind Total Percentage
NCE 5,216,500 5,216,500 35.15%
University 985,729 2,035,103 3,020,832 20.36%
Industry 4,202,743 221,141 4,423,884 29.81%
Provincial 222,842 516,850 739,692 4.98%
Federal 44,421 111,000 155,421 1.05%
Hospital 1,950 433,410 435,360 2.93%
Not-for-Profit 122,300 196,192 318,492 2.15%
Other Sources 175,770 353,636 529,406 3.57%
Total 10,972,255 3,867,332 14,839,587 100.00%

All Revenue Sources (Cash and In-Kind) 2016-2017 NCE and Non-NCE (n=$14,839,587)

Network Participants

Investigators (n=98)

Name Affiliation
Edmond Chan BC Children’s Hospital
Jean Marshall Dalhousie University
Jeff Brook Environment Canada/University of Toronto
Wade Watson IWK Health Centre
Celia Greenwood McGill University
Lawrence Joseph McGill University
James Martin McGill University
Bruce Mazer McGill University
Ciriaco Piccirillo McGill University
Moshe Ben-Shoshan McGill University Health Centre
Sonia Anand McMaster University
Michael Cyr McMaster University
Russell de Souza McMaster University
Judah Denburg McMaster University
Gail Gauvreau McMaster University
Jeremy Hirota McMaster University
Manel Jordana McMaster University
Paul Keith McMaster University
Mark Larché McMaster University
Joseph Macri McMaster University
Parameswaran Nair McMaster University
Helen Neighbour McMaster University
Paul O’Byrne McMaster University
Malcolm Sears McMaster University
Roma Sehmi McMaster University
Susan Waserman McMaster University
Carlo Marra Memorial University
Yuka Asai Queen’s University
Qingling Duan Queen’s University
Anne Ellis Queen’s University
Ryan Allen Simon Fraser University
Fiona Brinkman Simon Fraser University
Timothy Takaro Simon Fraser University
Name Affiliation
D. Linn Holness St. Michael’s Hospital
Sharon Dell The Hospital for Sick Children
Thomas Eiwegger The Hospital for Sick Children
Hartmut Grasemann The Hospital for Sick Children
Theo Moraes The Hospital for Sick Children
Felix Ratjen The Hospital for Sick Children
Sanja Stanojevic The Hospital for Sick Children
Padmaja Subbarao The Hospital for Sick Children
Teresa To The Hospital for Sick Children
Wendy Ungar The Hospital for Sick Children
Michael Brauer The University of British Columbia
Chris Carlsten The University of British Columbia
Denise Daley The University of British Columbia
Del Dorscheid The University of British Columbia
Brett Finlay The University of British Columbia
Mark FitzGerald The University of British Columbia
Michael Kobor The University of British Columbia
Tobias Kollmann The University of British Columbia
Larry Lynd The University of British Columbia
Kelly McNagny The University of British Columbia
Peter Paré The University of British Columbia
Mohsen Sadatsafavi The University of British Columbia
Andrew Sandford The University of British Columbia
Scott Tebbutt The University of British Columbia
Stuart Turvey The University of British Columbia
Elie Haddad Université de Montréal
Catherine Lemière Université de Montréal
Catherine Laprise Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Jamila Chakir Université Laval
Samuel Godefroy Université Laval
Louis-Philippe Boulet Université Laval - IUCPQ
Dean Befus University of Alberta
Stuart Carr University of Alberta
Name Affiliation
Timothy Caulfield University of Alberta
Catherine Field University of Alberta
Anita Kozyrskyj University of Alberta
Piush Mandhane University of Alberta
Irvin Mayers University of Alberta
Dilini Vethanayagam University of Alberta
Harissios Vliagoftis University of Alberta
Tavis Campbell University of Calgary
Ann Clarke University of Calgary
Gerry Giesbrecht University of Calgary
Richard Leigh University of Calgary
Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary
Patrick Mitchell University of Calgary
Meghan Azad University of Manitoba
Allan Becker University of Manitoba
Marni Brownell University of Manitoba
Mariette Chartier University of Manitoba
Kent HayGlass University of Manitoba
Elinor Simons University of Manitoba
Darryl Adamko University of Saskatchewan
Don Cockcroft University of Saskatchewan
John Gordon University of Saskatchewan
Peter Hull University of Saskatchewan
Miriam Diamond University of Toronto
Greg Evans University of Toronto
Richard Hegele University of Toronto
Wendy Lou University of Toronto
James Scott University of Toronto
Jeremy Scott University of Toronto
Frances Silverman University of Toronto
Peter Vadas University of Toronto
Susan Elliott University of Waterloo

Participating NCE Standard Agreement Signatories (n=23)

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine
Dalhousie University
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
Laval University
Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ)
Lakehead University
McGill University
McGill University Health Centre
McMaster University
Queen’s University
Simon Fraser University
St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
The University of British Columbia
Université de Montréal
University du Québec à Chicoutimi
University Health Network
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
University of Manitoba
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

HQP and Research Staff (n=347)

  • Shelley Abercromby
  • Daniel Adams
  • Adil Adatia
  • Omid Aghamirian
  • Asif Ahmed
  • Loubna Akhabir
  • Sarah Almas
  • Dhaifallah Alotaibi
  • Mustafa Al-Saiedy
  • Dhuha Al-Sajee
  • Khadija Alzahrani
  • Lubna Anis
  • Jason Arnason
  • Marie-Claire Arrieta
  • Muhammad Asaduzzaman
  • Yuka Asai
  • Susan Attridge
  • Séverine Audusseau
  • Ernie Avilla
  • Michael Aw
  • Hanan Awad
  • Jane Awawias
  • Meghan Azad
  • Dunia Azzara
  • Salma Bahreinian
  • Tieghan Baird
  • Jyoti Balhara
  • Susan Balkovec
  • Lianne Beaudette
  • Sue Beaudin
  • Daniel Beaurivage
  • Philippe Bégin
  • Emilie Bernatchez
  • Mylène Bertrand
  • Jean-Christophe Bérubé
  • Catherine Biggs
  • Cai Bing
  • Litsa Blanis
  • Matthew Boroditsky
  • Anne-Marie Boucher-Lafleur
  • Marie-Ève Boulay
  • Rozlyn Boutin
  • Miranda Bowen
  • Ayanna Boyce
  • Julyanne Brassard
  • Nathaniel Brenneis
  • Sarah Bridgman
  • Jordan Brubacher
  • Andrea Burke
  • Lynsey Burnett
  • Maureen Campbell
  • Francesca Cardwell
  • Sylvie Carette
  • Shannon Casey
  • Deborah Chan
  • Stephanie Chan
  • Rehma Charania
  • Yaminee Charavanapavan
  • Michael Chen
  • Raymond Chen
  • Virginia Chen
  • Wenjai Chen
  • Olivia Cheng
  • Stephen Cheuk
  • Joyce Chikuma
  • Rick Chin
  • Rishma Chooniedass
  • Derek K. Chu
  • Timothy Chung
  • Victoria Cook
  • Nela Cosic
  • Andréanne Côté
  • Marie-Ève Côté
  • Melanie Cowley
  • Rowena Cua
  • David Dai
  • Nadia Daniel
  • Beth Davis
  • Wojciech Dawicki
  • Bassel Dawod
  • Sarah De Schryver
  • Stephanie Delorenzo
  • Phillip Deng
  • Alizeé Déry
  • Francine Deschesnes
  • Audrey Desjardins
  • Marylin Desjardins
  • Jenna Dixon
  • Aimee Dubeau
  • Curtis Dumonaceaux
  • Rachel Edgar
  • Tempest Emery
  • Melanie Emmerson
  • Aida Eslami
  • Laura Feldman
  • Elena Fiadzinu
  • Mike Filia
  • Jennifer Fitzpatrick
  • Emily Fogarty
  • Rachel Foong
  • Elaine Fuertes
  • Cathy Fugère
  • Sofianne Gabrielli
  • Mallory Gallant
  • Vivek Gandhi
  • Tresa George
  • Leah Graystone
  • Emma Griffiths
  • Qingdong Guan
  • Pampa Guha
  • Annahita Hadioonzadeh
  • Mona Hamada
  • Mariam Hanna
  • Raphael Hanna
  • Martha J. Hart
  • Mark Hayes
  • Daniel Herod
  • Kris Herod
  • Delia Heroux
  • Angela Hillaby
  • Jeremy Hirota
  • Barnaby Hobsbawn
  • Ali Hosseini
  • Doug Houlbrook
  • Karen Howie
  • Chynna Huang
  • Henry Huang
  • Michael Hughes
  • Linda Hui
  • Saiful Huq
  • Robyn Hyde-Lay
  • Ingrid Ikomiak
  • Sumaiya Islam
  • Kyla Jamieson
  • Aruni Jha
  • Yayuk Joffres
  • Sara Johnson
  • Meaghan Jones
  • Cynthia Kanagaratham
  • Lianne Kang
  • Michael Kariwo
  • Watanabe Keisuke
  • Tosha Kells
  • Will Kennedy
  • Machida Kentaro
  • Amir Khakban
  • Shawn Khan
  • Young Woong Kim
  • Miranda Kirby
  • Abirami Kirubarajan
  • Melanie Kjarsgaard
  • Annika Klopp
  • Linda Knox
  • Sarah Koch
  • Jordan Koe
  • Tedd Konya
  • Krzystof Kowalik
  • Marabeth Kramer
  • Joyce Kum
  • Manjeet Kumari
  • Erika Ladouceur
  • Josée Laflamme
  • Austin Laing
  • Salma Lalji
  • Chynace Lambalgen
  • Anick Langlois
  • Hannah Lank
  • Miriam Larouche
  • Lynda Lazosky
  • Andrew Lee
  • Diana Lefebvre
  • Claudie Legault
  • Stephanie Legere
  • Duncan Lejtenyi
  • Johane Lepage
  • Claire Lepine
  • Kathy Li
  • Zack Liang
  • Evelyn Liu
  • Bernard Lo
  • Ingrid Loewen
  • Keely Loewen
  • Jemma Loki-Vuzi
  • Cristina Longo
  • Katherine Lortie
  • Eric Lu
  • Zihang Lu
  • Fiona Luke
  • Zdravko Lukic
  • Alexandra Lyttle
  • Lisette Machado
  • Julie MacIsaac
  • Danay Maestre-Batlle
  • Catherine Maheux
  • Thomas Mahood
  • Steven Maltby
  • Robby Mamonluk
  • Alessandro Marcon
  • Andrea Marrin
  • Mary Ann Mauro
  • Suzanne McCollum
  • Lisa McEwen
  • Christopher Mill
  • Jennifer Mill
  • Joanne Milot
  • Hein Min Tun
  • Danielle Minor
  • Daniel Moldaver
  • Takeshi Morimoto
  • Andréanne Morin
  • Leila Mostaço-Guidolin
  • Mahmoud Mostafa
  • Gregory Moullec
  • Manali Mukherjee
  • Caroline Munoz
  • Blake Murdoch
  • Natalia Mykhaylova
  • Drew Nahirney
  • Stephanie Nairn
  • Garthika Navaranjan
  • Kurtis Ng
  • David Ngan
  • Linh Nguyen
  • Michelle North
  • Dominik Nowak
  • Henry Ntanda
  • Ma'en Obeidat
  • Caitlin Obminski
  • Megan O'Connor
  • Jennifer O'Hara
  • Joseph Okeme
  • Chris Olesovsky
  • John Paul Oliveria
  • Emmanuel Osei
  • Hailey Oster
  • Arthur Owora
  • Jaclyn Parks
  • Faye Pedersen
  • Olga Pena
  • Oliver Perel-Winkler
  • Keegan Phillips
  • Hadeesha Piyadasa
  • Samantha Pollard
  • Marta Ponce
  • Emma Price
  • Phaedra Propp
  • Jennifer Protudjer
  • Francoise Proust
  • Katherine Radford
  • Javeria Raheem
  • Matthew Rawls
  • Eduardo Reyes-Serratos
  • Lisa Reynolds
  • Christopher Rider
  • Andrea Rishworth
  • Lana Rosenfeld
  • Christopher Rudulier
  • Min Hyung Ryu
  • Scarlet Salas
  • Hind Sbihi
  • Mirjam Scaap
  • Abbey Schlatman
  • Oliver Schneider
  • Tara Scime
  • Suharsh Shah
  • Shahjereen Shahidullah
  • Kerolyn Shairsingh
  • Greg Shand
  • Namit Sharma
  • Pawan Sharma
  • Julie Shay
  • Winnie Shen
  • Nami Shrestha
  • Noreen Sibanda
  • Elizabeth Simms
  • Elinor Simons
  • Tarandeep Singh
  • Amrit Singh
  • Gurpreet K. Singhera
  • Hasantha Sinnock
  • Sherri Smith
  • Lisa Smithson
  • Muriel Solignon
  • Lianne Soller
  • Mary Speck
  • Lisa Steacy
  • Whitney Steber
  • Tonje Steensen
  • Leah Stiemsma
  • Yvan St-Pierre
  • Oleyna Strigul
  • Darren Sutherland
  • Sarah Svenningsen
  • Catherine Sweeney
  • Veronica Swystun
  • Marc Sze
  • Herman Tam
  • Keith Tam
  • Shao Tao
  • Hamid Tavakoli
  • Mark Tenn
  • Stephanie The
  • Jenny Thiele
  • Sruthi Thomas
  • Maeghan Toews
  • Bahar Torabi
  • Abbey Torek
  • Maxwell Tran
  • Suzanne Traves
  • Rosaele Tremblay
  • Nicole Tsao
  • Mon Tun
  • Julie Turmel
  • Elizabeth Turnbull
  • Damian Tworek
  • Bruce Urch
  • Sandra VanderKaay
  • Lorena Vehling
  • Jing Venevongsa
  • Hélène Villeneuve
  • Heather Waldhauser
  • Brandie Walker
  • Terry Walker
  • Tina Walker
  • Alethea Wallace
  • Peipei Wang
  • Linda Warner
  • Stephanie Warner
  • Brittany Watson
  • Rick Watson
  • Jennifer Wattie
  • Beth Whalen
  • Geoff Winsor
  • Lara Witt
  • Denise Wooding
  • Azadeh Yadollahi
  • Dong Yan
  • Chen Xi (Yolanda) Yang
  • Jasemine Yang
  • Elizabeth Yeboah
  • Michelle Yee
  • Henry Yu
  • Agnes Yuen
  • Zafar Zafari
  • Xiaobei Zhang
  • Zhaoyun (Jack) Zhang
  • Jin Sheng (Jason) Zhou

Board & Committees

Board of Directors


Pieter Cullis PhD, FRSC

(Chair) Director, Life Sciences Institute; Director, NanoMedicines Research Group; Chair, Personalized Medicine Initiative; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of British Columbia (from June 2016)

Howard Bergman, MD, FCFP, FRCP(C)

(Chair), Department of Family Medicine; Professor, Departments of Family Medicine, Medicine and Oncology; McGill University (Chair to May 2016; Board Member to October 2016)

Donald Green

(Vice-Chair) Chair and CEO, Greenfleet Ltd. (from October 2016)

Mark Bisby, DPhil

(Vice-Chair) Consultant (to October 2016)

Christopher Carlsten, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, AstraZeneca Chair and Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, The University of British Columbia (to December 2016)

Deborah Danoff, MD, FRCP(C), FACP

Adjunct Faculty, University of Ottawa and McGill University (to October 2016)

Patrick Deane, PhD

President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C)

Scientific Director and CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.

Charles Frankish, MD, FRCP(C)

Allergist and Clinical Immunologist, Kanata Allergy Services; Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Christine Hampson, PhD

President and CEO, The Sandbox Project

Jean-François Leprince

Managing Partner, CTI Life Sciences Fund

Piush Mandhane, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor and Divisional Director, Pediatrics, Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta (from January 2017)

Daniel Nixon, MBA

Director and Chief Financial Officer, Molecular You Corporation (from June 2016)

Donald Stark, MD, FRCP(C)

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia

D. Lorne Tyrrell, OC, AOE, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FRSC, FCAHS

Distinguished University Professor and Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta

Russell Williams

Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, Diabetes Canada (from January 2017)

Tia Moffat, PhD, observer

Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat (from May 2016)

Diana Royce, EdD, observer

Managing Director and COO, AllerGen NCE Inc.

Amrit Singh, PhD, observer

President, ASNPN; The University of British Columbia

Committees & Staff

Board of Directors

Research Management Committee (RMC) Membership

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) (Chair) Scientific Director and CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.
Allan Becker MD, FRCP(C) Professor and Head, Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba
Dean Befus, PhD Professor, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Jeff Brook, PhD Senior Scientist, Air Quality Research Branch, Environment Canada; Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Tim Caulfield, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy; Trudeau Fellow and Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health; Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Ann Clarke, MD, M.Sc. FRCP(C) Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary; The Arthritis Society Chair in Rheumatic Diseases
Susan Elliott, PhD Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
Gail Gauvreau, PhD Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University (from June 2016)
John Gordon, PhD Professor, Division of Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Michael Kobor, PhD Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, Department of Medical Genetics; Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, The University of British Columbia (from July 2016)
Jean Marshall, PhD Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology, and Pathology, Dalhousie University
Kelly McNagny, PhD Associate Scientific Director, AllerGen NCE Inc.; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, The University of British Columbia
Paul O'Byrne, MB, FRCP(C), FRSC Dean and Vice President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University (to June 2016)
Mark Raizenne, ScD Associate Director, Public Health, McLaughlin Centre for Population Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa
Andrew Sandford, PhD Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia (to June 2016)
Malcolm Sears, MB, ChB, FRACP, FRCP(C), FAAAAI Professor, Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
David Shindler, PhD President and CEO, Pro-Bio Associates
Padmaja Subbarao, MD, FRCPC, M.Sc. (Epid) Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Clinician-Scientist, Respirologist, Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto (from June 2016)
Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil, FRCP(C) Director of Clinical Research, Child & Family Research Institute; Professor, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, The University of British Columbia
Randall Yatscoff, PhD Executive Vice-President, TEC Edmonton
Laura Feldman, MPH, observer Vice President, ASNPN, University of Toronto
Tia Moffat, PhD, observer Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat (from May 2016)
Diana Royce, EdD, observer Managing Director and COO, AllerGen NCE Inc.

Network-Supported Intellectual Property (NSIP) Advisory Committee Membership

Diana Royce, EdD (Chair) Managing Director and COO, AllerGen NCE Inc.
Dean Befus, PhD Professor, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Thierry Bourgeois, MScA Adjoint au vice-recteur à la recherche et à la création and vice-rectorat à la création, Pavillon des Sciences de l'éducation, Université Laval
Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) Scientific Director and CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.
Sylviane Duval Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Neal Lemon, PhD, MBA Technology Transfer Officer (Health Sciences), Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan
Luc Marengère, PhD Managing Partner, TVM Life Sciences Management Inc.
Daniel Nixon, MBA Director & Chief Financial Officer, Molecular You Corporation (from January 2017)
Kevin O'Brien Fehr, PhD Consultant
Brian Underdown, PhD Managing Director, Lumira Capital
Randall Yatscoff, PhD Executive Vice-President, TEC Edmonton

Advanced Education and Training Opportunities Advisory Committee (AETOAC) Membership

Richard Hegele, MD, FRCP(C), PhD (Chair) Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, Professor Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto
Fiona Brinkman, PhD Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
Thomas Issekutz, MD Professor and Head, Division of Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
Oxana Latycheva, PhD Director, Primary Health Care, Parkdale Community Health Centre
Danuta Radzioch, PhD Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University; Medical Scientist, Clinical Immunology, Montreal General Hospital
Diana Royce, EdD Managing Director and COO, AllerGen NCE Inc.
Amrit Singh, PhD President, ASNPN; The University of British Columbia
Harissios Vliagoftis, MD, PhD Associate Professor & Director, División of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta (from January 2017)
Richard Warrington, PhD, FRCP(C), FAAAAI Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Susan Waserman, MD, FRCP(C) Professor, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

AllerGen Students and New Professionals Network (ASNPN) Executive

Amrit Singh, PhD President (The University of British Columbia)
Laura Feldman, MPH Vice-President (University of Toronto)
Leah Graystone, M.Sc. Events Director (University of Waterloo)
Mena Soliman, M.Sc. Communications Director (Queen’s University)
Vivek Gandhi, PhD (c) Regional Director: West-Central (The University of British Columbia)
Jasemine Yang, PhD (c) Regional Director: Pacific (The University of British Columbia)
Elizabeth Simms, MD/PhD (c) Regional Director: Ontario (McMaster University)
Cynthia Kanagaratham, PhD Regional Director: Quebec/Atlantic (McGill University)
Kyla Jamieson, PhD (c) Member-at-Large (University of Calgary)
Erika Ladouceur Member-at-Large (University of Alberta) (to July 2016)
Mark Tenn Member-at-Large (Queen’s University) (from August 2016)

AllerGen’s Administrative Centre Team

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) Scientific Director and CEO
Diana Royce, EdD Managing Director and COO
Marshall Beck Administrative Coordinator, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Michelle Harkness Manager, HQP Training Program and Events
Graziella Infanti Executive Assistant
Cathy Jiang Senior Accountant
April O'Connell Manager, Research Programs
Kim Wright Director, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization

AllerGen FAST FACTS 2016-2017

Partnerships (n=142)

Research Investments (n=34)

  • 1Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study
  • 3Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC)
  • 6Canadian Food Allergy Strategic Team (CanFAST)
  • 3Biomarkers & Bioinformatics (B&B)
  • 4Gene-Environment Interactions (GxE)
  • 2Patients, Policy and Public Health (PPP)
  • 15Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) & Commercialization (C'N)

Leveraging Ratio




publications (including refereed, specialized and other)


total Highly Qualified Personnel