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Immunology and Infectious Diseases

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. 

The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres. 

Learn more about our research centres by visiting one of the links below.