The IWK is home to a large and productive group of immunology and infectious diseases researchers. They seek to understand and alleviate autoimmune and allergic diseases, and to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
Robert Anderson, pioneering vaccines against dengue and RSV
Bob Bortolussi, fostering the next generation of clinical vaccinology researchers
Scott Halperin, leader of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology
Brent Johnston, immune response in cancer, infections and autoimmune disease
Joanne Langley, testing new vaccines/strategies for children
Tong-Jun Lin, new approaches to cystic fibrosis and asthma
Shelly McNeil, applying scientific knowledge to vaccine policy
Chris Richardson, engineering a multi-purpose vaccine against HIV, malaria, avian flu and other lethal pathogens
Jun Wang, targeted immunity to Chlyamydia
IWK infectious diseases research is concentrated in the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, where more than 20 investigators study the biology of infectious diseases, develop and evaluate new vaccines, and explore vaccine-related health policy, ethics and law in order to inform health care providers, administrators, and policymakers.
The Canadian Center for Vaccinology also manages the Clinical Research Unit and Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Challenge Unit. This 10-bed, 5,400-square-foot unit can host any study that requires a secure, comfortable, well-equipped, professionally staffed facility where research participants can stay for hours or even weeks for interventions, tests and monitoring.