News and Events


Dr. Piush Mandhane, associate professor of pediatrics, was featured in the Edmonton Journal (10/09/2020) for his research on children and COVID-19. He is leading a two-year study to evaluate how COVID impacts children, with 3 key questions:

 1) how many children have been exposed to the virus

2) how long their antibodies lasted

3) what the antibody levels look like in comparison to adults.

Read the full article here.


Dr. Allison Carroll, pediatric respirologist, provided valuable expertise for a article about helping to support kids in the pandemic. She gives great advice to help kids want to put on a mask.

Check out the article here! 





Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj and the CHILD study have released some interesting findings that were highlighted on Research2Reality (03/09/2020)

Ultimately “fed is best” when it comes to infant nutrition, but breastfeeding still seems to provide certain benefits. These benefits, such as a reduction in obesoty, allergies and asthma, are thought to be linked to gut bacteria. The current study that spending time in nature can shift a formula-fed baby’s gut microbiota towards that of breastfed peers. Read the article here.


Adverse birth outcomes and related maternal risk factors happen more frequently in the province’s poorest rural regions, new research out of the University of Alberta shows.

Dr. Maria-Beatriz Ospina, a perinatal epidemiologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and medicine at the University of Alberta, who led the study.

The study was highlighted in the Edmonton Journal (13/09/2020). Read the article here.



The September 10 edtion of Folio highlights the work of Dr. Piush Mandhane, who is leading a study to evaluate COVID-19 antibodies in the blood of children returning to school in Alberta.The project, funded by a grant of nearly $700,000 from the Government of Alberta, will use serology testing to detect the presence of antibodies in the participants' blood, which indicates they have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus in the past. Data from the study will be shared with Alberta Health, providing valuable information to the province as it continues to shape and revise its response to the virus. See the full article here!

mandane-article-arc.jpg - Dr. Moitra Discusses his findings about teenagers, sleep, and asthma and allergies.

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Folio - Asthma and allergies more common in "night owl" teens: study

Distruptions to melatonin may be the link, researchers suggest

folio-image-asthma-teens.jpgSubrahrabrata Moitra a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and a member of the Alberta Respiratory Centre at the University of Alberta found that teenagers who prefer to stay up late at night and sleep in late the next day are more likely to develop asthma and allergies than their “early bird” counterparts." Compared to the morning type, those who go to bed late have approximately three times higher risk of developing asthma". This is the first study of its kind. Read the full Folio Article Here!

Congratulations to Dr. David Marchant, Assistant Professor in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and member of ARC, in publishing a paper in Nature, one of the world's top journals. The paper examines a novel entry receptor for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a major respiratory virus responsible for the deaths of many children around the world. This discovery will help us devise new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of RSV infections.



In the News:

Dr. David Marchant, Associate Professor. Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology


Folio Article (June 19, 2020). Dr. Marchant discusses COVID-19. Click Here to read the article