Welcome from the Division Head:
What is Allergy and Immunology? Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances in the environment called “allergens”. Exposure to an apparently harmless substance, such as pollen causes the immune system of an allergy sufferer to react as if the substance is harmful. Allergies can be of various types: indoor and outdoor allergies (also known as hay fever, seasonal, perennial or nasal allergies), food and drug allergies, latex allergies, insect allergies, skin allergies and eye allergies. Here is a vital, reassuring piece of allergy information: people that have allergies can live healthy and active lives like everyone else. We the members of the UBC Division of Allergy and Immunology strive to advance the knowledge, research, advocacy, continuing professional development and education in order to practice the best of allergy and clinical immunology to optimize patient care, and improve the quality of life for our patients
My name is Dr. Robert Schellenberg. I am an Internist and Allergist / Immunologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Head of the UBC Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Welcome to our web site, we hope you find this site informative and the links helpful.