Neonatal Research Study Findings May Help Predict a Child’s Allergy Risk A study authored by Connecticut Children’s neonatal research team demonstrates for the first time that maternal immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are capable of passing through the placental barrier and enter the fetal circulation. IgE antibodies are typically associated with allergic reactions. This means an analysis of maternal or cord blood levels could more accurately predict a child’s allergic risk. The study was led by Adam Matson, MD, MS, a neonatologist at Connecticut Children’s and assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The study was published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy in May 2015. An editorial summarizing the findings appears in the same journal.