Allergies, Author Interviews, OBGYNE / 20.09.2018 Interview with: “Pollen” by John S. Quarterman is licensed under CC BY 2.0Bircan Erbas, Associate Professor Reader/Associate Professor, Department of Public Health School of Psychology & Public Health La Trobe University What is the background for this study? Response: Around the world allergic respiratory diseases especially in children is a major problem. Studies have already shown that cord blood IgE can be used to identify children at risk for allergic diseases. Our previous research showed that exposure to high levels of outdoor pollen, especially grass, in the first couple of months after birth increased risk of allergic respiratory diseases. Based on this, we suspected that exposure to high grass pollen during pregnancy could be also important. (more…)