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Food allergy • anaphylaxis • immunodeficiency • chronic urticaria
My research focuses on the prevalence and potential determinants of food allergies and anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) in children. In addition, I have established a registry aiming to assess triggers and management of different forms of chronic urticaria, or hives. I also conduct research on primary immunodeficiencies, exploring the ability of children's immune systems to fight infectious disease. In collaboration with Dr. Ann Clarke at the Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC, I conducted the first nationwide Canadian study to determine the prevalence of severe food allergies. The results indicate disparities between perceived and confirmed food allergy that might contribute to the wide range of published prevalence estimates. In recent years I have led the first Canada-wide anaphylaxis registry exploring the societal burden, triggers, management and natural history of anaphylaxis in Canadians.
Ben-Shoshan M, La Vieille S, Eisman H, Alizadehfar R, Mill C, Perkins E, Joseph L, Morris J, Clarke A.Anaphylaxis treated in a Canadian pediatric hospital: Incidence, clinical characteristics, triggers, and management. J Allergy Clin Immunol 132(3):739-741, 2013 Sep.
Ben-Shoshan M, Harrington DW, Soller L, Fragapane J, Joseph L, St. Pierre Y, Godefroy SB, Elliott SJ, Clarke AE. Demographic Predictors of Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame Allergy in Canada. J Allergy (Cairo) 2012:858306, 2012. doi: 10.1155/2012/858306. Epub 2011 Dec 1.
Ben-Shoshan M, Clarke A, Raz A. Psychosocial Factors and the Pathogenesis of Chronic Hives: A Survey of Canadian Physicians. J Aller Ther 2012, 3(1), 2012. [Letter.] doi:10.4172/2155-6121.1000113
Ben-Shoshan M, Clarke AE. Anaphylaxis: past, present and future. Allergy 66(1):1-14, 2011 Jan. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02422.x.
Ben-Shoshan M, Harrington DW, Soller L, Fragapane J, Joseph L, St. Pierre Y, Godefroy SB, Elliot SJ, Clarke AE. A population-based study on peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, and sesame allergy prevalence in Canada. J Allergy Clin Immunol 125(6), 1327-35, 2010 May 6. [Epub ahead of print.]