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.
Transplant Infectious Diseases
EBV and related herpes viruses
Infections in Cancer Patients
Herpes group infections
Paediatric Emerging Infections
Acute respiratory infections
Acute brain infections and related syndromes
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).
Collaborations: Collaborative relationships with other divisions are based on the above themes.
ID Research Forum: Our division has a bi-weekly 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.