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Infectious Diseases

Research activities

Our research programs are designed to fulfill the following characteristics;

  • Potential to link bench to bedside
  • Stimulate further research (clinical or basic science)
  • Main activity based in Infectious Diseases, but multidisciplinary
  • The volume of children affected is a consideration, but equally important would be less common conditions with catastrophic outcomes.
  • Potential for national and international profiles.

Priority Programs: Our division currently targets six priority areas of excellence in paediatric research that form the basis of research programs.

Research Project

Major Focus

Transplant Infectious Diseases

EBV and related herpes viruses

Infections in Cancer Patients

Herpes group infections

Fungal infections

Paediatric HIV

Perinatal HIV

Paediatric Emerging Infections

Acute respiratory infections

Acute brain infections and related syndromes

Childhood encephalitis

Childhood myocarditis

Childhood myocarditis

For descriptive purposes, the above programs may be seen as research pillars. There are unifying cross-cutting themes across these six research pillars wherever appropriate. Examples of cross-cutting themes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evaluation of factors associated with host susceptibility to specific infectious diseases.
  • Evaluation of Innovative Paediatric Antimicrobial and Associated Therapies (IPAAT). (Diagnostic issues are included under this theme).
cross cutting themes

Collaborations: Collaborative relationships with other divisions are based on the above themes.

ID Research Forum: Our division has a monthly research meeting. This is an opportunity for members of the division to share their work with others within the division as well as with others external to our division. This is intended to foster cross-fertilization and collaboration between members of our division and individuals from other disciplines.