Dr. Manish Sadarangani, MRCPCH, DPHIL, BM.BCh, MA
Dr Manish Sadarangani is Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC Department of Pediatrics. He completed his undergraduate medical training and pediatric residency in Cambridge, Oxford and London in the UK. He then completed his DPhil with the Oxford Vaccine Group in the UK, developing novel vaccine candidates for protection against capsular group B meningococcal disease, and completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Vancouver in 2013 before returning to Oxford to work as a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician.
He has worked in pediatrics throughout the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. His research links clinical trials with basic microbiology, immunology and epidemiology to address clinically relevant problems related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. Specific research interests include meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccines, bacterial conjugate vaccines, understanding vaccine-induced immunity using systems biology approaches, meningitis and encephalitis, maternal immunization, the microbiota and antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Eve Dubé, MD
Dr. Eve Dubé is a medical anthropologist. She is affiliated with Quebec National Institute of Public Health in Quebec, Canada. She is a research scientist at the Research Center of the CHU-Québec and an invited professor in the Departement of Anthropology at Laval University.
Her research program focuses on the sociocultural determinants of vaccination. She is the lead investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Network of the Canadian Immunization Research Network. She is interested in how to enhance vaccine acceptance and uptake and she is leading different projects around this issue. She sits on a number of committees as an expert on vaccine acceptance and hesitancy. She is a voting member of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). She is also an active member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS).
Dr. Jeff Kwong, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC
Dr. Jeff Kwong is an epidemiologist, a specialist in public health and preventive medicine, and a family physician. He is the Program Leader of the Populations and Public Health Program at ICES (a research institute that houses a large array of linkable health-related databases), a Scientist at Public Health Ontario, a Family Physician at Toronto Western Family Health Team, a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and the Interim Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
As a Clinician-Scientist, he practises family medicine one day per week and devotes the rest of his time to research and teaching at the interface between primary care and public health. His research interests include infectious diseases epidemiologic research using large linkable databases, vaccine and vaccination program evaluation, and assessing the health and economic burden of infectious diseases.
Dr. Scott Halperin, MD
Dr. Scott Halperin is a Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. As Director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, Co-Principal Investigator of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program–Active (IMPACT), and Nominated Principal Investigator of the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN), Dr. Halperin is at the forefront of efforts to provide Canada with a national capacity to undertake coordinated, integrated, evaluative vaccine research to inform public health policy and practice.
He leads an interdisciplinary team of more than 130 investigators in more than 56 institutions involved in collaborative research projects of priority to Canadian health. Dr. Halperin’s key area of expertise is pertussis (whooping cough). His research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pertussis and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Dr. Shannon MacDonald, PhD, RN
Shannon MacDonald is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and an adjunct in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, and an adjunct in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary.
Her program of research focuses on vaccine uptake and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage, especially in vulnerable populations. Dr. MacDonald’s clinical background is in pediatric nursing with research training in epidemiology, public health, and nursing, including a fellowship in the Alberta Ministry of Health. Her ongoing research collaborations with policy-advisors and clinicians feed her passion for answering real world policy and practice questions that impact child health.
Dr. Karina Top, MD, MS, FRCPC
Dr. Karina Top is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and clinician-scientist in vaccinology. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and is an Investigator at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at Dalhousie University followed by fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases and a Master of Science in Epidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Top is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Immunization Research Network’s Special Immunization Clinic Network which aims to standardize and improve the management of patients with adverse events following immunization. She is also an Investigator in the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT).
Her research focuses on vaccine safety surveillance, management of patients with previous adverse events following immunization, vaccine safety in pregnancy, and the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness in immunocompromised patients.
Dr. Tiffany Fitzpatrick, PhD, MPH
Dr. Tiffany Fitzpatrick is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Public Health’s Public Health Modeling Unit and, starting March 2022, will join the Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) as a Postdoctoral Associate.
She completed her MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health Policy at the University of Toronto, and was also a trainee of the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN), the Hospital for Sick Children, and ICES (formerly, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences). Her research program focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of respiratory viruses in pediatric populations, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and SARS-CoV-2, with an emphasis on health equity, public health policy, and program evaluation.