Connecting Canadian Vaccinologists

The CAIRE membership represents over 140 researchers and stakeholders from more than 30 institutions across Canada. Membership includes most of the “translational” vaccine experts involved in vaccine and program development, evaluation and training.

Membership provides an opportunity to share, connect, and collaborate within Canada for evaluation of new vaccines, building the rationale for new public programs and optimizing public immunization programs.

Become a Member

Become a CAIRE member to be connected with other Canadian vaccinologists. Click here to register

Applications open for the 2019 Postdoctoral Program for Scholars of Excellence

The BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is now accepting applications for the 2019 Postdoctoral Program for Scholars of Excellence to support exceptional research trainees and generate innovative research under the mentorship of BCCHR investigators.  (more…)

Funding Opportunity for Young Investigators

The 2019 Michelson Prize for young investigators is now accepting applications till October 29, 2018. More information here

Register now for the CAIRE Symposium

Register here

Help make a difference for children in pain!

Various Canadian stakeholders including the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) have been working on a proposal to support a new network called “Solutions for Kids in Pain” (SKIP).  Anyone with an interest in children’s pain management is asked to please take 5 minutes to complete the following online survey.  (more…)

CAIRE Research Symposium – Monday December 3, 2018

CAIRE is holding a day-long symposium to showcase state-of-the-art Canadian vaccine and immunization research.


Félicitations à Philippe De Wals

La ‘Francqui Foundation’ est la plus prestigieuse fondation philanthropique soutenant la recherche scientifique en Belgique. (English translation follows) (more…)


The Levy Laboratory is the focal point of the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  (more…)

PLAN TO ATTEND – CAIRE Research Symposium 2018

Plan to attend a day-long research symposium celebrating state-of-the-art Canadian vaccine and immunization research. Details and registration…  (more…)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – CAIRE Research Symposium 2018

On December 3, 2018 CAIRE is hosting a day-long Vaccine and Immunization Research Symposium to be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. We invite researchers to submit abstracts for 15 minute long oral presentations on topics ranging from vaccine development through implementation, and everything in between! (more…)

CAIRE is accepting nominations for two Scientific Co-Chairs for the Canadian Immunization Conference 2018

CAIRE is accepting nominations for two Scientific Co-chairs positions for the Canadian Immunization Conference 2018 (4-6 December, 2018).

Deadline for submissions is September 26, 2017 using the nomination form below.

The CAIRE Scientific Co-chairs will join a multidisciplinary conference planning committee that includes representatives from public health, government, and other immunization stakeholders.  The planning committee is tasked with developing the content of Canada’s major biannual meeting of health care professionals working in immunization: from research to program management.  The role of Scientific Co-chairs is to promote integration of research into the conference program.  The conference secretariat is responsible for all the logistics of the conference including inviting speakers recommended by the planning committee. (more…)

Kaiser Permanente: Research Scientist Position

The Division of Research of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente Northern California) seeks a Research Scientist at any level for its Vaccine Study Center. The ideal candidate will be a highly trained clinician with experience conducting vaccine research. This individual will be expected to design, execute and lead vaccine clinical trials and observational studies, conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally, and collaborate with the director of the Vaccine Study Center, other Division of Research (DOR) investigators, and Kaiser Permanente clinicians and leadership to advance knowledge in the field of vaccine safety and effectiveness.


Infant and Child Immunizations

David Scheifele developed an online module for childhood immunization here. This initiative in online education is free and led by faculty at Queen’s, although contributors span the country. The content is at the level of medical students although others will find it useful. The format is innovative, allowing viewers to access material at 3 depth levels. Faculty anywhere are welcome to encourage students to access the site. Sign up is simple and free.

CIC2016 Workshops

CAIRE is involved in two CIC2016 Workshops. Workshops are new to CIC2016 this year:

Maternal Immunization Pertussis

Weds, Dec 7 | 11:00-12:30
In the context of recurrent pertussis outbreaks, the vaccine community in Canada needs to consider the best approaches for appropriatly incorporating maternal immunization into pertussis prevention & control options. Workshop lead: Dr. Manish Sadarangani (BC Children’s Hospital & Vaccine Evaluation Center)(link to our website)

Mumps Vaccine Effectiveness in a real world outbreak investigation:

Thurs, Dec 8 |  11:00-12:30

This Case Study is part of an online Vaccine Effectiveness course currently in development as part of Advanced Vaccinology Learning Online (AVALON). AVALON is sponsored by CAIRE, Public Health Agency of Canada, & Public Health Ontario. Workshop lead: Dr. Shelley Deeks (Public Health Ontario)
Visit CIC2016 for more info. We hope to see you there!

CAIRE is involved in two CIC2016 Workshops

Workshops are new to CIC2016 this year. Plan to participate in two CAIRE supported workshops during the conference:

Weds, Dec 7 | 11:00-12:30
Mumps Vaccine Effectiveness, outbreak investigation
Workshop lead: Dr. Shelley Deeks (Public Health Ontario)

This case study on mumps is a real world example of how to assess vaccine effectiveness (VE) during an outbreak investigation. It is an opportunity for learners to bridge their background knowledge (more…)

Student Travel Bursary Award Winners | CIC2016

11 students who submitted abstracts for the Vaccinology Student Research Program (VSRP) received a travel bursary to attend the VSRP and CIC2016.

Congratulations to:
– Ashleigh McGirr (University of Toronto)
– Joanne McNair (Dalhousie University)
– Constantina Boikos (McGill University) (more…)

18th Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) 2017

8 – 19 May 2017 | Veyrier du Lac (near Annecy), France
Call for applications | Closing date: 15 Nov 2016 

This course is organized by Fondation Mérieux and Université de Genève and aims to facilitate critical decision-making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the field, from immunology to vaccine development and clinical trials and the social, economic, political and ethical issues of vaccination.

The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity will help defray part of the transportation cost and tuition fee for a maximum of $3,500 CAD per selected Canadian participants from the academic sector, for up to three participants. The Canadian applicants need to provide information regarding the financial source to cover the total cost for tuition and travel. (more…)

3rd International Conference on Innate Immunity and Immune System Diseases

Location: Jackson Ville, USA | Date: Sept 18-19, 2017
Conference Theme: “Global Aspects in Innate Immunity: Advancing to the Frontier”

With the generous response and support received from the participants of previous annual Innate Immunity 2015 and Innate Immunity 2016 conference. Conference series LLC proudly announces “3rd International Conference on Innate Immunity and Immune System Diseases”.

Join us in Atlanta for the leading annual Innate Immunity 2017 event and find the latest developments in immunology, healthcare, and vaccines:

BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN)

BCCRIN is seeking research sites to assist with recruitment for the Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey.  The purpose of this survey is to engage and learn from patients and study volunteers about their experience with Canadian clinical trials. The Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) has partnered with BCCRIN on the national expansion of the survey.


Seeking Nominations: 2016 Canadian Immunization Conference

2016 Canadian Immunization Conference
December 6-8, 2016 | Ottawa Convention Centre

The Conference Organizing Committee is seeking nominations for two important awards: John Waters Memorial Award & Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Immunization Award.

Make your nomination by Monday 4 July 2016 at 17:00 (ET)


Public Health 2016: Preliminary Program

Public Health 2016
Sheraton Centre Toronto | Toronto, ON
June 13-16

The Canadian Public Health Association is pleased to launch the Preliminary Program for Public Health 2016.

Public Health 2016 is the national public health for
um where people come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for evidence-based public health issues and policies.

Preliminary Program
Registration Link
Conference Details

New Features Coming to CANimmunize App

CANimmunize is a mobile app launched in 2014 that helps Canadians keep track of their vaccination information.

These features include:

  • Secure access so that family members can share their vaccination records
  • Access through laptop/desktop computer
  • Integration with provincial vaccination records
  • Vaccine schedule customization
  • Catch-up vaccine schedules

More info:

Canadian Immunization Conference 2016 – Deadlines

The conference will be held December 6-8, 2016 at the Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa Ontario.

June 28, 2016 is the deadline to submit an application for a 90-minute workshop

July 15, 2016 is the deadline to submit abstracts for the 2016 Canadian Immunization Conference.

For more information, please visit:

CIC Student Vaccinology Research Program

June 1, 2016 is the deadline for students to apply for the Vaccinology Student Research Program held in conjunction with CIC 2016.

For more information, please visit:


CCfV Infectious Disease Research Day 2016

The Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) is sponsoring the 2016 Infectious Disease Research Day on April 25-26, 2016 at the IWK Health Centre and Halifax Infirmary. Faculty, researchers, trainees, and members of the community are all invited to take part in this educational event. (There is no fee to attend, but registration is required to obtain CME credits.)

Topics include:
“Why Prophylactic HPV Vaccines Work so Well: Implications for Future Vaccines.”
“New to Canada 2016 – What is Nova Scotia learning about Infectious Disease Screening and Immunization in Refugees?”
“Love in the Time of Antimicrobials”

To register, please visit the event website.

Vaccinology Research Symposium – November 2015

CAIRE was a proud collaborator in hosting the Vaccinology Research Symposium on November 5-6, 2015.  This Festschrift held in honor of Dr. David Scheifele’s research career was organized by the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.  Speakers from around the world joined us for the Symposium with all speakers either being former trainees of Dr. Scheifele and the Division of Infectious Diseases or long time research collaborators of Dr. Scheifele.

We are pleased to announce the release of the Vaccinology Research Symposium presentation recordings. Please visit and feel free to share this link among your colleagues:

New Opportunities for Collaboration

Canadian Researchers are starting to plan the creation of a Canadian Society of Virology in order to create new opportunities for collaboration. They are conducting a survey of interested individuals. To provide your input visit

Congratulations to Dr. David Scheifele

Congratulations to Dr. David Scheifele on being chosen the 2015 recipient of the Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and/or service.

Read more about the award and Dr. Scheifele’s achievements here.

D Scheifele for Weber Award Picture 2 Oct 2015

L-R: David Schiefele, recipient of the Bill & Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Vaccinology Research Symposium

Scheiffle_016 (high resolution 300 dpi)CAIRE is very pleased to be collaborating with the UBC Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Infectious Diseases, and CFRI to host a Vaccinology Research Symposium on November 5th and 6th at the Child & Family Research Institute.  This Symposium or Festschrift is in celebration of the more than 38 years that Dr. David Scheifele has dedicated to improving health through prevention of infections. View the Vaccinology Research Symposium Brochure for more details.

Participation in the Symposium is free and can be attended in person or via live web-cast.  Registration is required to attend the session and we recommend registering early as space is limited. Please download the  Symposium Registration Form (requires Adobe Reader) and email the completed form to Please do not complete the form in your internet browser.

For those of you seeking CME accreditation you will need to ensure that you log into each session from your own computer and you will be required to complete an evaluation form.  The evaluation form can be accessed online at the following URL:


Results from the 2013 childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey (cNICS) released by PHAC

Results from the 2013 National Immunization Coverage Survey have been released by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This survey is the first with a sample size large enough to estimate provincial and territorial levels of immunization coverage. The 2013 cNICS was conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Read the report highlights here.


Experts gather to discuss gaps in Maternal Immunization

Landscape Analysis of the Immunobiology of Maternal Immunization
May 25-27, 2015

Experts from around the world gathered in Vancouver, BC to discuss key knowledge gaps in pregnancy and early life immunity in relation to maternal immunization.  Results of the Maternal Immunization Workshop will guide future research directions to reduce newborn and infant morbidity and mortality. The workshop and analysis are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.



3rd International Neonatal & Maternal Immunisation Symposium (INMIS-2015)

INMISmotherGlobal Strategies for Global Impact
4th-6th November, 2015

The 2015 International Neonatal & Maternal Immunisation Symposium (INMIS) will be held in The Gabmia, West Africa from November 4-6, 2015. Over the last few years, a number of clinical trials have enrolled mothers and infants into vaccine studies, including in Africa. This next INMIS will assess the lessons learned from these and other ongoing international trials, to discuss current scientific progress in maternal and neonatal immunology, infections and immunisations, in the broader context of infectious disease epidemiology and public health.

Please visit for more information.

National Immunization Poster Contest (Grade 6 students) 2014

Imm poster contest LucasSince 2002, Immunize Canada has hosted a National Immunization Poster Contest once every two years for students in Grade 6. Here are the national winners for 2014 (each province/territory had local winners as well).

To download and print these posters to promote immunization, click here.


CIC 2014: Vaccinology Student Research Program

CIC2014 student group shotThis year 22 students applied for the Vaccinology Student Research Program (VSRP) at the Canadian Immunization Conference (CIC), almost double from previous years.  Five students received travel bursaries to attend the conference with all student applicants invited to participate in the Student Poster PresentationCAIRE and CIHR have co-funded the VSRP.

Congratulations to all students for a job well done! (pictures below)


CIC2014: Live Quotes! Follow @ #CIC2014

cicappTwitter | Facebook | #CIC2014

“CIC brings together leaders in immunization to share knowledge and expertise. Website” | @cic2014cci

Conference attendees heard how infants under 3 months of age infected with pertussis are at most risk of hospitalization and death. Immunization of the mother against pertussis in the third trimester improves the health of the baby and mom. | Dr. Halperin during Plenary I: Pregnancy – A time to vaccinate (recipient of 2014 Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Immunization Award)


CIC2014: Join by Webcast!

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The CIC is offering live streaming for plenary sessions: Join CIC2014 by webcast!

Following each plenary session, the plenary speaker will host a dedicated Q&A with webcast participants for 15 minutes. Here’s how:
Submit your question on the live stream website
Email your question to
Ask your question on Twitter using #CIC2014


18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research – Abstract Submission

Vaccine research conferenceApril 13-15, 2015 | Bethesda, MD

The abstract submission deadline for oral or poster presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR) has been extended to Friday, December 12, 2014 (11:59 PM EST)

The 2½ day conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is scheduled for April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD. The ACVR provides a forum for high-quality, current reports of scientific progress and best practices among diverse stakeholders. NFID invites individuals in the early stages of their career in any field of vaccinology to apply for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award which includes $10,000 to support future research.

Ready to submit? Visit the online abstract submission site now

CIC 2014: Award Winners

cic14-logo_b_350x200 - CopyThe Canadian Immunization Conference (CIC) Organizing Committee has announced award winners for the 2014 Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Immunization Award and 2014 John Waters Memorial Award. The award recipients will deliver a plenary lecture at the 2014 CIC taking place in Ottawa, Ontario from December 2-4.

2014 Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Immunization Award
Established in 2008, the Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Immunization Award is granted by the Awards Committee of the CIC every two years. This tribute recognizes outstanding career achievement in the field of Canadian immunization. 

2014 John Waters Memorial Award
The John Waters Memorial Award was initiated in 2002 in recognition of his outstanding leadership in support of immunization programs and policy. The purpose of the Dr. John Waters Memorial Award is to recognize other outstanding contributors to public health and immunization programs.


Should healthcare workers be required to be vaccinated against influenza to protect patients and themselves? Symposium Report

uofcfomDate: June 11, 2014
Location: University of Calgary
Title: Influenza Immunization in the Health Care Workplace (Symposium Brochure)

To discuss how best to protect Alberta patients and healthcare workers, the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine held a public policy symposium about influenza vaccination of healthcare workers on June 11, 2014 attended by approximately 150 people. Read the Report of Conference Proceedings


NACI – Canadian Immunization Committee Vaccine Statements

For recent publications on vaccine statements by National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)-Canadian Immunization Committee (CIC) see the link below

Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR)



Officer of the Order of Canada: Dr. David Scheifele

post- order of CADCongratulations to Dr. David Scheifele for his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada! As Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center and the Chair of CAIRE, Dr. Scheifele has been a leader in vaccine research since 1989. A distinguished lecturer and passionate clinician, his appointment reflects his outstanding academic achievements and his dedication to improve the health of Canadians through the prevention of infectious disease.

The Order of Canada is one of the greatest civilian honours in our country. For more information on the Order of Canada, visit


CAIRE Research Round Table: Prevention of Meningococcal Infection in Canada

Caire_text_colourLocation: VGH, Vancouver
Date: April 4th, 2014
Time: 10AM-12PM (PST)

CAIRE and the Meningococcal Research Foundation of Canada hosted a research round table to identify research priorities for Canada in the prevention of Meningococcal disease, including Meningococcal B. The web cast of the session can be viewed here. Click here to view webcast.