Number of partners
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Scientific Director and CEO
Judah A. Denburg
Director, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia
Conditions like asthma, hay fever, food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis are sweeping the industrialized world, and Canada is near the top of the list of nations facing a growing problem. Allergic disease affects one in three Canadians and costs our healthcare system and society billions of dollars annually. The launch of the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen) provided a unique opportunity for researchers from across the country and from different disciplines to work in national and international teams, with public and private sector partners, to improve public health and move solutions to market faster. This collaborative effort is also helping Canada address a critical shortage of allergists, immunologists, clinician-scientists and allergy-related health professionals and educators.
AllerGen has mobilized a national network of more than 200 researchers, 1,434 active and former students, and nearly 200 partners and collaborators (including universities, hospitals, industry organizations, government agencies, charities, school boards and professional organizations) to map a coordinated response aimed at reducing the occurrence, mortality and socio-economic costs of allergic disease. Together, these network participants represent a critical mass of the resources and expertise needed to generate new preventive strategies, diagnostic tests, therapeutic approaches, medications, public policies and patient education.