• Bettinger, Julie A.


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Vaccine Evaluation Center, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    PhD, MPH
    Primary Area of Research
    Healthy Starts
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
    950 West 28th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

    Affiliate Websites


    Research Areas
    • Vaccine preventable diseases: meningococcal, pneumococcal, influenza, rotavirus
    • Vaccine hesitancy
    • Vaccine safety
    • Surveillance 
    • Immunization knowledge, attitudes and beliefs 
    • Population health
    • Infectious disease epidemiology

    I am a vaccine safety scientist at the Vaccine Evaluation Center, a leading center for applied vaccine research in Canada.  My research interests include vaccine safety, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine preventable diseases, as well as attitudes and beliefs around immunization uptake and use. I am also the epidemiologist for the Immunization Monitoring Program, Active, a national surveillance system for vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine adverse events in 12 pediatric tertiary care centers across Canada and the lead investigator for the Canadian National Vaccine Safety (CANVAS) network, an active surveillance network that monitors the safety of vaccines. 

    Current Projects
    • Canada National Vaccine Safety network: monitors the safety of seasonal influenza vaccine each year
    • Population based active surveillance for meningococcal infections in adults and children across Canada
    • Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT): hospital-based active surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunization 
    • Health care provider and parental vaccine hesitancy
    Selected Publications



    CIHR Operating Grant: Improved Immunization Coverage Initiative

    Honours & Awards

    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Award - 2011-2018

    Research Group Members
    • Devon Greyson, Post-doctoral fellow

    • Clara Rubincam, Post-doctoral fellow

    • May Abdel-Hamid, MSc student

    • Emily Rousseau, research technician

    • Kim Marty, data director

    • Wenli Zhang, data manager

    • Engy Grove, research technician