2018 / 2019

AllerGen Annual Report
2018/2019

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 is a national research network of scientists, clinicians, stakeholders and partners in industry, government and healthcare working together to help Canadians tackle 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 to reduce the burden of allergic disease through leadership in research, knowledge translation and exchange, and trainee capacity building.

Throughout AllerGen's 14 successful years as an NCE, its research teams generated new knowledge, advanced drug development, laid the groundwork for significant future discoveries, forged a strong national research community in allergy, asthma, and anaphylaxis, and expanded related research and clinical training opportunities to nurture a new generation of leaders in the field.

AllerGen across the years: 2004-2018

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In 2018-2019, AllerGen received its final installment of $5,216,500 in NCE program funding. Through strong partnerships and partner investments in research and innovative capacity-building programs over the past year, AllerGen secured non-NCE funding in the amount of $8,225,054, representing an additional $1.58 for every NCE dollar received.

2018-2019 Network Performance
"At-a-Glance"

Message from the Board Chair & Scientific Director

AllerGen is pleased to present its 2018-2019 Annual Report , highlighting the Network’s accomplishments during its final year as a national Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).

Since 2005, AllerGen’s research teams have generated new knowledge, advanced drug development, laid the groundwork for significant future discoveries, forged a strong national community in allergy and asthma, and provided research, clinical and professional development training opportunities that have nurtured a new generation of leaders in related fields.

In 2018, the NCE program awarded AllerGen wind-down funds to facilitate commercialization, knowledge mobilization and the continuation of its support for the Network’s three high-impact Legacy Initiatives. In recommending the award, NCE reviewers observed:

“By all metrics the network has been extremely successful… AllerGen is a truly multidisciplinary network and is viewed as a strong success story that will long outlive NCE funding.”

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Jean Saint-Vil at 2019 Conference
AllerGen awarded wind-down funds by NCE
Jean Saint-Vil, Associate Vice-President of the NCE Secretariat, speaks at AllerGen's 2019 Research Conference in Toronto.

2018-2019 Impacts

AllerGen’s Integrated Research Program

Since 2005, AllerGen has coordinated a national research response to the challenges of asthma, allergy and related immune diseases.

Led by internationally recognized Canadian researchers with transdisciplinary expertise, the Network’s 39 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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CHILD Cohort Study

LEGACY PROJECT

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Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC)

LEGACY PROJECT

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Canadian Food Allergy Strategic Team (CanFAST)/National Food Allergy Strategic Team (NFAST)

LEGACY PROJECT

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Gene-Environment Interactions (GxE)

Enabling Platform

Researcher Photos

Biomarkers and Bioinformatics (B&B)

Enabling Platform

Research Highlights

child with cleansers

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children: a CMAJ  "top article" for 2018

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How much screen time is too much for young children?

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Why sleep matters: findings from the CHILD Cohort Study

kids eating lunch at school

Food allergy law and Canadian schools

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New blood test may let food allergy suspect off the hook

Network Partners, Collaborators and Knowledge Users

AllerGen’s national research teams work with industry and community partners, end-user stakeholders, and research receptor organizations across academia, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors.


Together, they ensure that the Network’s research findings bridge the gap between the research lab and real life to benefit Canadians living with allergic diseases.

In 2018-2019, AllerGen worked with 139 partners, engaging an average of 3.6 partners per research project.

MHMA winners 2019

Unique mentorship awards nurture next generation of leaders

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A Legacy of Learning: Vesting AllerGen’s HQP investments ensures long-term impact

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Partnered Graduate Student Research Awards: Exceptional students – Innovative research

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AllerGen leaders honoured by national partner organizations

Knowledge & Technology Exchange and Exploitation (KTEE)

KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION

CHILD families at conference

The science and strategy of keeping CHILD Cohort Study participants coming back

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CHILD breastfeeding research makes a SPLASH

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Bacteria RULE! in new CHILD Cohort Study KT video

Popcorn boxes

Pass the popcorn! Let Them Eat Dirt  movie premiere for CHILD Vancouver families

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AllerGen Success Stories

Research Sketches snapshot

Science in a nutshell: Sharing AllerGen research in a simple, easy-to-understand format

Knowledge & Technology Exchange and Exploitation (KTEE)

Commercialization

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AllerGen researchers launch food allergy app for youth

Kung Food, a food allergy app for youth and teens developed with AllerGen support, was launched in October 2018 on the Mac App Store and on Google Play.


Supporting Superstars: AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)

AWARDSHIGHLIGHTSSNAPSHOT

AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Program continued to be the most immediately transformational program within the Network.

With its commitment to the training and mentoring of students and new professionals, AllerGen supports the next generation of leaders in the field of asthma and allergy. AllerGen’s HQP training program has increased Canada’s research capacity, stimulated the careers of young investigators and clinician-scientists, and supported the movement of graduates into diverse sectors

Since 2005, AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) program has supported more than 1,700 young researchers in the training phase of their careers and invested $26.4 million in HQP programming, including $22.3 million in research support and $4.1 million in awards, grants and fellowships.

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AllerGen’s Students and New Professionals Network (ASNPN)

Students winning awards

Awards

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2019 HQP Highlights

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Snapshot

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Awards

HQP | HIGHLIGHTSSNAPSHOT

Becoming a global citizen through AllerGen’s International Research Visit Award

Danay Maestre-Batlle in Norway

Undergraduate Summer Studentships: Sparking a passion for research

Wayne Tse

Standing out from the crowd with Research Skills Awards

AllerGen Research Skills Awards enable HQP to develop strategically important, advanced research skills through individualized training experiences.

AllerGen trainees shine at 2018 CSACI Scientific Meeting

AllerGen trainees won 8 of the 18 poster awards granted at the annual AllerGen/CSACI Poster Competition.

Travel Awards an important component of trainee development

In 2018-2019, 37 AllerGen Travel Awards sent HQP to 22 high-profile events.

2019 HQP Highlights

HQPAWARDS | SNAPSHOT

Supporting tomorrow’s research leaders

In 2018, AllerGen hosted its 12th annual Trainee Symposium from May 2-4 in Winnipeg, MB. In January 2019, AllerGen hosted its 9th and final Research Conference in Toronto, ON, with trainee research showcased throughout. Also in 2019, a high-school student got a jump-start on her research career thanks to the CHILD Cohort Study.

HQP in Winnipeg for symposium

2018 Trainee Symposium

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Poster session at conference

2019 Research Conference

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Laura Wang recieving award

Teen launches research career using CHILD data

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A Snapshot of AllerGen HQP 2018-2019

HQPAWARDSHIGHLIGHTS

Research Type (n=428)

Nationality (n=428)

Research Program (n=347)

Province (n=428)

University (n=428)

Trainees, New Professionals, Research Associates, and Technicians (including ASNPN) by Province and University (n=428)

Financial Overview

AllerGen NCE Inc. Financial Summary 2018-2019 NCE and Non-NCE

Revenues (cash) 2018-2019 (Year 14) Percentage 2017-2018 (Year 13) Percentage
NCE Award 5,216,500 92.02% 5,216,500 86.37%
Non-NCE Funds 452,378 7.98% 823,101 13.63%
Total 5,668,878 100.00% 6,039,601 100.00%
 
Expenditures (cash) 2018-2019 (Year 14) Percentage 2017-2018 (Year 13) Percentage
Research Programs 5,737,492 76.65% 3,748,443 72.09%
Networking 219,358 2.93% 48,222 0.93%
Training 458,364 6.12% 366,234 7.04%
Communications 45,927 0.61% 51,213 0.98%
Administration 1,024,475 13.69% 985,807 18.96%
Total 7,485,616 100.00% 5,199,919 100.00%
 
Committed Amounts for
Future Research
0 1,660,194

All Revenue Sources (Cash and In-Kind) 2018-2019 NCE and Non-NCE

Source Cash In-Kind Total Percentage
NCE 5,216,500 5,216,500 38.81%
University 1,825,520 814,142 2,639,662 19.64%
Industry 3,301,888 352,885 3,654,773 27.19%
Provincial 70,000 51,875 121,875 0.91%
Federal 9,000 66,500 75,500 0.56%
Hospital 166,000 175,072 341,072 2.54%
Not-for-Profit 524,900 694,272 1,219,172 9.07%
Other Sources 140,000 33,000 173,000 1.29%
Total $11,253,808 $2,187,746 $13,441,554 100.00%

All Revenue Sources (Cash and In-Kind) 2018-2019 NCE and Non-NCE (n=$13,441,554 )

Network Participants

Investigators (n=90)

SIGNATORIESHQP & RESEARCH STAFF
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • Edmond Chan
  • Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
  • Philippe Bégin
  • Dalhousie University
  • Jean Marshall
  • McGill University
  • Lawrence Joseph
  • Bartha Knoppers
  • James Martin
  • McGill University Health Centre
  • Moshe Ben-Shoshan
  • Bruce Mazer
  • McMaster University
  • Sonia Anand
  • Michael Cyr
  • Russell de Souza
  • Judah Denburg
  • Gail Gauvreau
  • Manel Jordana
  • Paul Keith
  • Mark Larché
  • Joseph Macri
  • Parameswaran Nair
  • Paul O’Byrne
  • Guillaume Paré
  • Malcolm Sears
  • Roma Sehmi
  • Susan Waserman
  • Queen’s University
  • Yuka Asai
  • Qingling Duan
  • Anne Ellis
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Fiona Brinkman
  • Timothy Takaro
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • D. Linn Holness
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Michael Brudno
  • Sharon Dell
  • Thomas Eiwegger
  • Hartmut Grasemann
  • Theo Moraes
  • Felix Ratjen
  • Padmaja Subbarao
  • Teresa To
  • The University of British Columbia
  • Michael Brauer
  • Chris Carlsten
  • Denise Daley
  • Del Dorscheid
  • B. Brett Finlay
  • Mark FitzGerald
  • Michael Kobor
  • Tobias Kollmann
  • Kelly McNagny
  • Peter Paré
  • Mohsen Sadatsafavi
  • Andrew Sandford
  • Donald Stark
  • Scott Tebbutt
  • Stuart Turvey
  • Université de Montréal
  • Catherine Lemière
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Catherine Laprise
  • Université Laval
  • Jamila Chakir
  • Samuel Godefroy
  • Université Laval - IUCPQ
  • Louis-Philippe Boulet
  • University of Alberta
  • Dean Befus
  • Timothy Caulfield
  • Catherine Field
  • Anita Kozyrskyj
  • Piush Mandhane
  • Irvin Mayers
  • University of Calgary
  • Tavis Campbell
  • Ann Clarke
  • Gerry Giesbrecht
  • Richard Leigh
  • Nicole Letourneau
  • Patrick Mitchell
  • University of Manitoba
  • Meghan Azad
  • Allan Becker
  • Marni Brownell
  • Mariette Chartier
  • Kent HayGlass
  • Neeloffer Mookherjee
  • Jennifer Protudjer
  • Clare Ramsey
  • Elinor Simons
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Darryl Adamko
  • Don Cockcroft
  • John Gordon
  • University of Toronto
  • Jeff Brook
  • Miriam Diamond
  • Greg Evans
  • Richard Hegele
  • Wendy Lou
  • James Scott
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Frances Silverman
  • University of Waterloo
  • Susan Elliott

Participating NCE Network Agreement Signatories (n=23)

INVESTIGATORS | HQP & STAFF
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine
Dalhousie University
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
Lakehead University
Laval University
Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ)
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=428)

INVESTIGATORSSIGNATORIES
  • Shelley Abercromby
  • Daniel Adams
  • Adil Adatia
  • Priyanshi Akbari
  • Loubna Akhabir
  • Reham Alalaini
  • Romeo Alam
  • Mays Al-Dulaymi
  • Sarah Almas
  • Dhaifallah Alotaibi
  • Dhuha Al-Sajee
  • Khadija Alzahrani
  • Amirthagowri Ambalavanan
  • Lubna Anis
  • Marie-Claire Arrieta
  • Faisal Atakora
  • Susan Attridge
  • Séverine Audusseau
  • Amiirah Aujnarian
  • Ernie Avilla
  • Michael Aw
  • Hanan Awad
  • Susan Balkovec
  • Stefanie Baltasar
  • Akanksha Bansal
  • Virginie Barrère
  • Lianne Beaudette
  • Sue Beaudin
  • Mary Beckingham
  • Meliza Benabdallah
  • Sara Bernstein
  • Mylène Bertrand
  • Jean-Christophe Bérubé
  • Anurag Bhalla
  • Cai Bing
  • Christianne Blais
  • Matthew Boroditsky
  • Anne-Marie Boucher-Lafleur
  • Marie-Ève Boulay
  • Rozlyn Boutin
  • Miranda Bowen
  • Sarah Bridgman
  • Tara Brosschot
  • Jordan Brubacher
  • Kelly Bruton
  • May Brydges
  • Helen Cai
  • Natalie Campbell
  • Xiaoshu (Caren) Cao
  • Francesca Cardwell
  • Sylvie Carette
  • Shannon Casey
  • Simone Chaboillez
  • Deborah Chan
  • Le Chang
  • Yaminee Charavanapavan
  • Michael Chen
  • Virginia Chen
  • Zhuo Chen
  • Stephen Cheuk
  • Joyce Chikuma
  • Rick Chin
  • Jihoon Choi
  • Derek K. Chu
  • Amanda Ciccolini
  • Tamara Coffin
  • Casey Cohen
  • Joe Comeau
  • Melanie Conway
  • Victoria Cook
  • Marie-Ève Côté
  • Melanie Cowley
  • Anabel Crouse
  • Heather Cruickshank
  • Owen Crump
  • Carlos Cuello Garcia
  • Chelsea Cutler
  • Liying (Darlene) Dai
  • Vera Dai
  • Beth Davis
  • Wojciech Dawicki
  • Bassel Dawod
  • Kate Del Bel
  • Stephanie DeLorenzo
  • Dipika Desai
  • Audrey Desjardins
  • Christoffer Dharma
  • Jenna Dixon
  • Yong Qiu Doughman
  • Kelsea Drall
  • Aimée Dubeau
  • Elise Dufresne
  • Curtis Dumonaceux
  • Ekaterina Dunets
  • Andy Edem
  • Yosef Ellenbogen
  • George Ellis
  • Tempest Emery
  • Melanie Emmerson
  • Cath Ennis
  • Aida Eslami
  • Rutherford Exius
  • Shu Yu Fan
  • Laura Feldman
  • Claudine Ferland
  • Mike Fila
  • Jennifer Filia
  • Shauna Filuk
  • Emily Fogarty
  • Rachel Foong
  • Jessica Forbes
  • Elise Fortin
  • Cathy Fugère
  • Sofianne Gabrielli
  • Vanessa Gadoury-Levesque
  • Myriam Gagné
  • Mallory Gallant
  • Vivek Gandhi
  • Nicole Garcia
  • Mahonnad Ghrooda
  • Krystelle Godbout
  • Sara Gordon
  • Natasha Gray
  • Moneet Grewal
  • Emma Griffiths
  • Nicolas Groulx
  • Qingdong Guan
  • Pampa Guha
  • Laurence Guillaumie
  • Tony Guo
  • Janice Halabecki
  • Mona Hamada
  • Mark Hamer
  • Martha J. Hart
  • James Hatch
  • Lindsay Hawke
  • Daniel He
  • Abeer Hegazi
  • Sarah Hellewell
  • Daniel Herod
  • Delia Heroux
  • Angela Hillaby
  • Terence Ho
  • Gemma Hoad
  • Barnaby Hobsbawn
  • Evan Horby
  • Vincent Hou
  • Doug Houlbrook
  • Karen Howie
  • Jane Hsieh
  • Elaine Hsu Wardley
  • Chynna Huang
  • Henry Huang
  • Ryan Huff
  • Michael Hughes
  • Linda Hui
  • Lisa Hung
  • Saiful Huq
  • Kelsey Huus
  • Robyn Hyde-Lay
  • Sumaiya Islam
  • Baruch Jakubovic
  • Kyla Jamieson
  • Khusraw Jamil
  • Safdar Jawaid
  • Samira Jeimy
  • Aruni Jha
  • Rodrigo Jiménez-Saiz
  • Vivian Jin
  • Andy Johnson
  • Sara Johnson
  • Meaghan Jones
  • Radhika Joshi
  • Xiaotian (Tim) Ju
  • Salima Jurtha
  • Cynthia Kanagaratham
  • Liane Kang
  • Debbie Kao
  • Jumanah Karim
  • Paria Kashani
  • Ben Keating
  • Watanabe Keisuke
  • Tosha Kells
  • Shawn Khan
  • Yechan Kim
  • Young Woong Kim
  • Emily Kirby
  • Miranda Kirby
  • Abirami Kirubarajan
  • Melanie Kjarsgaard
  • Linda Knox
  • Joshua Koenig
  • Krzystof Kowalik
  • Sai Sakktee Krisna
  • Juliet Kroll
  • Joyce Kum
  • Jocelyne L’Archevêque
  • Michelle La
  • Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe
  • Austin Laing
  • Karen Lam
  • Chynace Lambalgen
  • Hannah Lank
  • Miriam Larouche
  • Kevin Lau
  • Nicola LaVigne
  • Sarah Lavoie-Bernstein
  • Lynda Lazosky
  • Angela Le
  • Michelle Le
  • Amanda Lee
  • Andrew Lee
  • Kelvin Lee
  • Diana Lefebvre
  • Duncan Lejtenyi
  • Johane Lepage
  • Claire Lepine
  • Melanie Leung
  • Hang (Hannah) Li
  • David Lin
  • Ling Ling
  • Evelyn Liu
  • Harry (Chaocheng) Liu
  • Christopher Liwski
  • Bernard Lo
  • Ingrid Loewen
  • Keely Loewen
  • Cristina Longo
  • Michelle Love
  • Eric Lu
  • Zihang Lu
  • Fiona Luke
  • Zdravko Lukic
  • Yanna Ma
  • Lisette Machado
  • Julie MacIsaac
  • Danay Maestre-Batlle
  • Sally Maguet
  • Thomas Mahood
  • Farheen Manji
  • Emilie Manny
  • Saba Manzoor
  • Brittany Matenchuk
  • Suzanne McCollum
  • Erica McDonald
  • Lisa McEwen
  • Rachel McGihon
  • Cara McLean
  • Kevin Mehta
  • Melina Messing
  • Kozeta Miliku
  • Joanne Milot
  • Sanju Mishra
  • John Molloy
  • Maureen Mooney
  • Amy Moorehead
  • Shirin Moossaavi
  • Andréanne Morin
  • Leila Mostaço-Guidolin
  • Mahmoud Mostafa
  • Manali Mukherjee
  • Caroline Munoz
  • Richard Munthali
  • Blake Murdoch
  • Peter Murphy
  • Lauren Muttucomaroe
  • Drew Nahirney
  • Stephanie Nairn
  • Nandita Natraj
  • Garthika Navaranjan
  • Sara Ness
  • Hammam Nevin
  • Kurtis Ng
  • Louis Ngai
  • David Ngan
  • Linh Nguyen
  • Charlene Nielsen
  • Hannah Nordberg
  • Henry Ntanda
  • Ma'en Obeidat
  • Chinwe (Vivien) Obiakor
  • Caitlin Obminski
  • Megan O'Connor
  • Joseph Okeme
  • Chris Olesovsky
  • Juma Orach
  • Emmanuel Osei
  • Krista Pace
  • Shoshana Parker
  • Jaclyn Parks
  • Charisse Petersen
  • Diana Pham
  • Martin Pham
  • Hadeesha Piyadasa
  • Emma Price
  • Phaedra Propp
  • Christopher Qi
  • Katherine Radford
  • Mirna Ragheb
  • Javeria Raheem
  • Katia Ramadori
  • Thomas Rawliuk
  • Matthew Rawls
  • Eduardo Reyes-Serratos
  • Lisa Reynolds
  • Jaqueline Richelle
  • Christopher Rider
  • Lyne Ringuette
  • Katherine Rosati
  • Lana Rosenfeld
  • Kharah Ross
  • Nancy Ross
  • Roxanne Rousseax
  • Juan Ruiz
  • Min Hyung Ryu
  • Scarlet Salas
  • Jumana Samara
  • Imran Satia
  • Hind Sbihi
  • Abbey Schlatman
  • Carley Schwartz
  • Tara Scime
  • Brittany Semenchuk
  • Caleb Seward
  • Waleed Shaheed
  • Greg Shand
  • Casey Shannon
  • Emily Shantz
  • Namit Sharma
  • Lin Shiming
  • Nami Shrestha
  • Cecilia Sierra Heredia
  • Elizabeth Simms
  • Gurpreet K. Singhera
  • Hasantha Sinnock
  • Leah Slater
  • Muriel Solignon
  • Lianne Soller
  • Mary Speck
  • Paul Spill
  • Melanie St. John
  • Lisa Steacy
  • Whitney Steber
  • Yvan St-Pierre
  • Oleyna Strigul
  • Mandy Suen
  • Catherine Sun
  • Sarah Svenningsen
  • Catherine Sweeney
  • Marc Sze
  • Herman Tam
  • Keith Tam
  • Sukhpreet Tamana
  • Shao Tao
  • Anne-Marie Tassé
  • Hamid Tavakoli
  • Mark Tenn
  • Anita Tewari
  • Ajitha Thanabalasuriar
  • Jeremie Theolier
  • Jenny Thiele
  • Mara Thomas
  • Sruthi Thomas
  • Carise Thompson
  • Andrew Thorne
  • Lisa Thorson
  • Abbey Torek
  • Joseph Touma
  • Maxwell Tran
  • Rosaele Tremblay
  • Ashley Tritt
  • Wayne Tse
  • Hein Min Tun
  • Mon Tun
  • Julie Turmel
  • Elizabeth Turnbull
  • Sarah Turner
  • Yaroslav (Slava) Uryumtsev
  • Aaron van der Leek
  • Erik van Tilburg Bernardes
  • Sandra VanderKaay
  • Charmaine Vaneeden
  • Emma Vanlerberghe
  • Natalia Varankovich
  • Lorena Vehling
  • Justine Veilleux
  • Jing Venevongsa
  • Hélène Villeneuve
  • Ngoc Khanh Vu
  • Heather Waldhauser
  • Terry Walker
  • Tina Walker
  • Ming Wan
  • Linda Warner
  • Brittany Watson
  • Rick Watson
  • Jennifer Wattie
  • Caroline Weisser
  • Chelsey Werchan
  • Beth Whalen
  • Michael Williams
  • Lesley Wiltshire
  • Geoff Winsor
  • Lara Witt
  • Melanie Wong
  • Denise Wooding
  • Rebecca Woodside
  • Yanqing (Alice) Xie
  • Yuanyuan Xie
  • Isabelle Xu
  • Dong Yan
  • Jasemine Yang
  • Nancy Yang
  • Michelle Yee
  • Lin Yi
  • Heidi Yin
  • Xinyuan (Chloe) You
  • Henry Yu
  • Agnes Yuen
  • Zafar Zafari
  • Xun Zhang
  • Yang Zhang
  • Zhaoyun (Jack) Zhang
  • Dianna Zhao
  • Wendy Zhao
  • Ling Zhen
  • Victoria Zotova
  • Laura Zunino

Board & Committees

Board of Directors

COMMITTEES & STAFF

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

Donald Green

(Vice-Chair) Chair & CEO, Greenfleet Ltd
(to February 2019)

Christine Hampson, PhD

(Vice-Chair) President & CEO, The Sandbox Project
(Vice-Chair from March 2019)

Patrick Deane, PhD

President & Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C)

Scientific Director & CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.; William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Vanessa Foran

President & CEO, Asthma Canada

Charles Frankish, MD, FRCP(C)

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

Jean-François Leprince

Managing Partner, CTI Life Sciences Fund

Daniel Nixon, MBA

Director & Chief Financial Officer, Molecular You Corporation

Paul O'Byrne, MB, FRCP(C), FRSC

Dean & Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Distinguished University Professor, McMaster University

Donald Stark, MD, FRCP(C)

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

Teresa To, PhD

Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Hospital for Sick Children; University of Toronto, Professor, Dalla Lana Graduate School of Public Health

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

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

Laura Feldman, MPH, H.B.Sc., observer

President, ASNPN, The Hospital for Sick Children

Pascal Marchand, observer

Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat
(from October 2018)

Tia Moffat, PhD, observer

Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat
(to October 2018)

Diana Royce, EdD, observer

Managing Director & COO, AllerGen NCE Inc.

Committees & Staff

Board of Directors

Research Management Committee (RMC) Membership

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) (Chair) Scientific Director & CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.; William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Allan Becker MD, FRCP(C) Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba
Dean Befus, PhD Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Jeff Brook, PhD Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, The 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 and Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Ann Clarke, MD, M.Sc. FRCP(C) Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, and The Arthritis Society Chair in Rheumatic Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Susan Elliott, PhD Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
Gail Gauvreau, PhD Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
John Gordon, PhD Professor, Division of Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Michael Kobor, PhD Professor & Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, Department of Medical Genetics, The University of British Columbia; Theme Lead, Healthy Starts, BCCHR; Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development
Jean Marshall, PhD Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and of Pathology, Dalhousie University
Kelly McNagny, PhD Associate Scientific Director, AllerGen NCE Inc.; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering, and Principal investigator & Professor, Biomedical Research Centre, The University of British Columbia
Mark Raizenne, ScD Adjunct Professor, School of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; Associate Director, Public Health, McLaughlin Centre for Population Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa
David Shindler, PhD President & CEO, Pro-Bio Associates
Padmaja Subbarao, MD, FRCPC, M.Sc. (Epid) Clinician-Scientist, Respirologist, The Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Toronto; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University; Director, CHILD Cohort Study
Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil, FRCP(C) Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Precision Health; Aubrey J. Tingle Professor of Pediatric Immunology; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia; Co-Director, CHILD Cohort Study
Loubna Akhabir, PhD, observer Vice President, ASNPN, McMaster University
Pascal Marchand, observer Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat (from October 2018)
Tia Moffat, PhD, observer Senior Program Manager, NCE Secretariat (to October 2018)
Diana Royce, EdD, observer Managing Director & 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 Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) Scientific Director & CEO, AllerGen NCE Inc.; William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Sylviane Duval Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Claudia Hui, M.Sc., PhD Analyst, Investment Banking, Bloom Burton & Co.
Daniel Nixon, MBA Director & Chief Financial Officer, Molecular You Corporation
Kevin O'Brien Fehr, PhD Consultant

Advanced Education and Training Opportunities Advisory Committee (AETOAC) Membership

Richard Hegele, MD, FRCP(C), PhD (Chair) Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, and Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Toronto
Fiona Brinkman, PhD, FRSC Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Department, and Associate Professor, School of Computing Science and Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Laura Feldman, MPH, H.B.Sc. President, ASNPN, The Hospital for Sick Children
Thomas Issekutz, MD Professor and Head, Division of Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
Oxana Latycheva, PhD Consultant
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.
Harissios Vliagoftis, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director, Alberta Respiratory Centre, University of Alberta
Richard Warrington MB, BS, PhD, FRCP(C), FAAAI Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Immunology, 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

Laura Feldman, MPH, H.B.Sc. President (The Hospital for Sick Children)
Loubna Akhabir, PhD Vice-President (McMaster University)
Mark Tenn M.Sc. (c) Events Director (Queen’s University)
Jasemine Yang, PhD (c) Communications Director (The University of British Columbia)
Eduardo Reyes-Serratos, M.Sc. (c) Regional Director: West-Central (University of Alberta)
Young Woong Kim, PhD (c) Regional Director: Pacific (The University of British Columbia)
Garthika Navaranjan, PhD (c) Regional Director: Ontario (The University of Toronto)
Bassel Dawod, PhD (c) Regional Director: Quebec/Atlantic (Dalhousie University)
Brittany Matenchuk, M.Sc. (c) Member-at-Large (University of Alberta)
Mahmoud Mostafa, PhD (c) Member-at-Large (University of Calgary)

AllerGen’s Administrative Centre Team

Judah Denburg, MD, FRCP(C) Scientific Director & CEO; William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Diana Royce, EdD Managing Director & COO
Marshall Beck Digital Initiatives Manager
Leah Graystone HQP and Events Coordinator
Graziella Infanti Executive Assistant
Cathy Jiang Senior Accountant
April O'Connell Manager, Research Programs
Kim Wright Director, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization

AllerGen FAST FACTS 2018-2019

Partnerships (n=139)

Research Investments (n=39)

  • 2CHILD Cohort Study
  • 2Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC)
  • 8Canadian Food Allergy Strategic Team/National Food Allergy Strategic Team (CanFAST/NFAST)
  • 3Biomarkers & Bioinformatics (B&B)
  • 4Gene-Environment Interactions (GxE)
  • 20Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) & Commercialization (C'N)

Leveraging Ratio

Researchers

2005-2019

6,097

publications (including refereed, specialized and other)

1,723

total Highly Qualified Personnel

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