CHILD Study: Seeking greater understanding of the causes of asthma and allergies

A national study is recruiting 5000 pregnant women across the country and will follow their children as they grow up in an effort to understand what causes asthma and allergies. Dr. Stuart Turvey, Senior Clinical Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute and pediatric immunologist and rheumatologist at BC Children’s Hospital, is leading the Vancouver portion of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study where researchers are seeking 1500 pregnant women. The women will be recruited through BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and their children will be followed at BC Children’s Hospital.

“It’s only through a long-term study like this one where we follow the kids from pregnancy that we’ll be able to answer fundamental questions about how genes and the environment interact,” says Dr. Turvey. “Asthma, food allergies, eczema, and hay fever share a common biology and affect different organ systems. If we know more about the causes, then we can figure out the right interventions to protect the kids.”

More information on the CHILD Study can be found at