School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research (CAIR)

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The Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research (CAIR) group is focused on investigating the factors that could influence the development of allergies in childhood. We look at the supplementation of natural products, such as egg, vitamin D and fish oil, in the prevention of allergic disease.

The allergy epidemic began over 50 years ago with a rapid rise in respiratory diseases, like asthma, in the 1980’s. In recent years there has been a huge increase in other forms of allergic diseases such as eczema and food allergies. Children can now develop allergies from the first few weeks of life. To date, there is no cure for asthma, eczema or food allergies. We believe that pregnancy is the ultimate window of opportunity for preventing and reversing allergies in children. We are unsure what has truly caused this rise in food allergy but we know family history plays a major part. We are researching possible reasons such as environmental exposures (e. .g smoking, pets), maternal food intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and living in a ‘too clean’ environment. 

In collaboration with international researchers, we are a part of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Consortium. This focuses on the early life origins of health, in alignment with the global agenda to combat the devastation of chronic diseases including allergies, obesity and diabetes. Our common goal is to reduce the burden of these conditions through collaborative preventive strategies.

Study participants play a crucial role in our attempts to understand this worldwide problem. Appointments are conducted at Princess Margaret Hospital by clinically trained research staff, where allergy testing is performed and expert advice offered.


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