Since microbiome and DNA sequencing has come to light it has been found that microbiome plays an important role in immune function. Microbiome imbalance in the neonatal period is an indicator of a higher risk of allergic disease susceptibility. The microbiome (and thus the immune system) is directly modulated by diet.
We are trying to determine how the microbiome and immune cells are influenced by nutrition during pregnancy and the neonatal period. Our focus is the mechanisms of immune education that either increase susceptibility to allergy or prevent it.
Our ultimate goal is to provide pregnant women a microbiome and immune – tailored dietary recommendation to decrease their child’s risk of developing allergy.