The Division of Infectious Diseases IDeas Research Unit (IDeas RU) runs a cohesive and strategic research program with the support of the CHEO Research Institute. The unit conducts studies emphasizing knowledge generation and translation focusing on, but not limited to, pediatric infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, perinatal HIV infection, novel diagnostic tests, immunizations and respiratory infections in children.

Specific IDeas RU Themes:

  • Vaccination/immunizations
  • Primary and acquired immunodeficiencies/HIV
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Health care-associated infections
  • New Canadians (immigrants, refugees, internationally adopted)
  • Evidence-based health advocacy

Specific areas of research focus by division members include:

  • Long-term effects of exposure to HIV and antiretrovirals in utero as well as the long-term management and outcomes of children living with perinatally acquired HIV infection from the biological, psychological and sociological perspectives, including functional “cure”
  • Epidemiology and clinical care of pediatric HIV in Canada and globally, as well as the investigation of long-term toxicities associated with antiretroviral therapy and HIV
  • Primary immunodeficiencies, infections in the immunocompromised host and immunization safety and practices
  • Prevention of respiratory syncytial virus infection
  • Vaccine preventable disease
  • Rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases using molecular technologies
  • Antimicrobial resistance and health systems 

Infectious Diseases research at the CHEO Research Institute:

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