Many vaccines are highly successful at preventing diseases. Yet hundreds of millions of people around the world are still affected by—and die from—vaccine-preventable diseases.
Dr. Nicole Basta, Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Prevention, is generating the critical evidence we need to come up with the best strategies for preventing and controlling diseases. By conducting biological, clinical and behavioural research on multiple diseases, she and her research team aim to maximize the impact of vaccines and immunization programs and increase vaccine awareness, acceptance and uptake. They also hope to advance our understanding of how infectious diseases are transmitted in order to tailor prevention strategies. Ultimately, their work will directly inform public health policy.