Session 9: CanGoFar to CANFASt: Continued

AllerGen’s food allergy research team and collaborators will provide a survey of the accomplishments and current status of their research. Stakeholders will share their perspectives.

The science of translating the science of food allergy

Speaker: Susan Elliott

Risks associated with consuming foods with allergen precautionary labelling in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Godefroy

Dr. Godefroy will provide a review of results associated with levels of allergens found in foods sold in Canada bearing precautionary labelling, and a risk assessment for scenarios when these statements are ignored by allergic consumers.

Identifying Barriers to and Enablers of Oral Food Challenge Implementation in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Edmond Chan

Dr. Chan and colleagues investigated the primary barriers to and enablers of clinicians and families participating in Oral Food Challenges (OFCs). Physician training, formal guidelines regarding which OFCs should be done in hospital rather than in the community, and better information for families could improve OFC implementation.

Development of an interactive food allergy education program for adolescents

Speaker: Dr. Allan Becker

The absence of effective food allergy education for adolescents prompted educators from the Children’s Allergy and Asthma Education Centre to establish focus groups of adolescents and to conduct an online survey. Their findings led to the decision to develop an educational app for 10- to 15-year-olds. The result is Kung Food, a interactive app employing gamification to engage and educate adolescents about food allergy.

Stakeholder perspective: Food Allergy Canada

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gerdts

Dr. Gertz is the Executive Director of Food Allergy Canada, a not-for-profit organization that educates, supports, and advocates for the needs of individuals and families living with food allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis, and also supports and participates in research related to food allergy and anaphylaxis.

Stakeholder perspective: Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI)

Speaker: Dr. David Fischer

Dr. Fischer is an allergist and President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI).