Infectious Diseases
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Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases provides inpatient consultation and ambulatory interdisciplinary family centered care to patients requiring secondary/tertiary/quaternary Paediatric services. The Division and its affiliated programs provide care to the children of Metropolitan Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area and indeed the provinceof Ontario. The Division works closely with the Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Service. The Division has two in-patient consultation services that address infections in previously healthy children and immunocompromised children, respectively.

Ambulatory services include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. General Infectious Diseases
  2. Congenital Infectious Diseases
  3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  4. Tuberculosis

The division is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a training program in paediatric infectious diseases and is one of the oldest and largest training programs in North America. The members of the Division are actively involved in teaching at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels at the Universityof Toronto.

Our research initiatives are structured around themes that include host susceptibility and related factors and innovative antimicrobial and associated therapies. Specific research initiatives include multicentred paediatric HIV studies related to maternal-to-child transmission and studies on new antiretrovirals, vaccine studies and research into the mechanisms of host susceptibility to infections. These infections include viral myocarditis, HIV and EBV-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) and encephalitis. Multi-centered trials related to the diagnosis and prevention of infections in transplant patients are ongoing, as well as participation in national surveillance studies and national collaborative paediatric studies through the Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Our research in pediatric infection control includes the clinical and molecular epidemiology of paediatric nosocomial infections.

Other sites:

Go to the Department of Paediatrics Web site.

Who we are

Find out more about the staff.

What we do

There are two clinical inpatient services, general infectious disease and immunocompromised, that are staffed by separate teams of fellows and ID consultants.

Education and learning

The division is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is one of the oldest and largest training programs in Canada.