Director

Dr. Manish Sadarangani

Dr. Manish Sadarangani

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Sauder Family Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sadarangani has been Director of the VEC since 2016. 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 meningococcal vaccines, 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 bacterial vaccines, understanding vaccine-induced immunity, maternal immunization, antibiotic resistance and CNS infections.

Investigators

Dr. David Scheifele

Dr. David Scheifele

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Professor Emeritus, Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Scheifele is one of the original founders of the VEC and was the VEC Director from 1988-2016. In 2012, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the prevention of infections in children. Dr. Scheifele is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and his many interests include the prevention of influenza, haemophilus influenzae type b infections (which cause meningitis), pneumococcal infections, and vaccine safety.

Dr. Hana Mitchell

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Mitchell is an infectious disease pediatrician with focus on immune compromised patients.
She completed her fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital and joined VEC in 2018. Her research interests include optimizing vaccination in solid organ transplant recipients and identifying effective knowledge translation strategies for communicating scientific research findings to frontline care providers, patients and their families.  

 

Dr. Julie Bettinger

Dr. Julie Bettinger

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Bettinger is a Professor at the VEC in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include vaccine safety and vaccine preventable diseases as well as attitudes and beliefs around immunization uptake and use. She is the data center director for the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT), an active surveillance network for vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine adverse events in 12 tertiary care pediatric hospitals across Canada and the lead investigator for CANVAS.

Dr. Laura Sauvé

Dr. Laura Sauvé

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sauvé joined the VEC in 2007. She is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who has a special interest in Pediatric HIV. Her main research interests include vaccine preventable disease, global child health and pediatric HIV. She is the BC site investigator 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. She also is the co-primary investigator of the Canadian Perinatal HIV Surveillance Program, which studies vertical transmission of HIV across Canada.

Dr. Ali Harandi

Dr. Ali Harandi

Guest Associate Professor

Dr. Harandi is an Associate Professor in Clinical Immunology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a visiting Associate Professor at the VEC, Department of Peadiatrics, BCCHR, The University of British Columbia. He serves in the leadership of several EU/international projects on vaccine R&D, and also serves as an advisor to several non-profit research organizations. His main research goal is to characterize protective immune responses induced by vaccines and mucosal infections in humans.

Research Associates

Dr. James Zlosnik

Dr. James Zlosnik

Research Associate, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Co-director, Canadian Burkholderia cepacia complex research and referral repository.

Dr. Zlosnik joined UBC in 2006 and is an infectious disease microbiologist.   He is co-director, along with Dr. Sadarangani and Dr. Mark Chilvers (Director of the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic), of the Canadian Burkholderia cepacia complex research and referral repository - which is a national resource for hospitals and CF clinics to obtain accurate bacterial identifications.  Dr Zlosnik's research ranges from the molecular level (DNA sequencing, molecular genetics, proteomics and application of bioinformatics) to phenotype based laboratory studies through to population biology (epidemiology and clinical research).  His goals are to better understand the microbial component of infectious diseases such that continued improvements can be made to treatment and the lives of people affected.

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