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Infectious Diseases

Protecting our communities

From clinical activities and research, to teaching and education, Dalhousie’s pediatric Division of Infectious Diseases is focused on aiding children with complex acute and chronic infections.

Clinical activities

We provide inpatient and outpatient consultative services for a range of infants, children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic infections.

Our Infectious Diseases Clinic provides:

  • coordinated follow-up of Maritime children with meningitis
  • a clinic for the prevention of RSV infection in high-risk infants
  • an immunization clinic for re-immunization of high-risk patients
  • a referral clinic for children with complex infectious disease problems or immunodeficiencies

We also oversee and direct the IWK Health Centre’s Infection Control Service, the primary medical service involved in the coordinated care of children with HIV infection.

Teaching activities

We make a big contribution to the teaching of microbiology and clinical epidemiology in the medical school. Not only do our members participate in the clinical teaching of all pediatric and infectious disease-focused medical students, we also assist in the training of honours, master’s, and PhD students in Microbiology and Immunology and Community Health and Epidemiology.

Our members also:

  • conduct seminars for the clinical clerks during each pediatric rotation and participate in resident training through:
    • subspeciality seminars
    • Clinical Case Rounds
    • the PGY1 academic skills course
    • the infectious diseases elective
  • accept one medical student each year for a clinical elective in the ambulatory clinic

  • contribute to both Halifax and community-based continuing medical education programs for family physicians and pediatricians in the Maritimes

Residency training program

Our postgraduate residency program in pediatric infectious diseases is accredited by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The program, which takes two to three years to complete, will prepare you for a research-oriented academic career in pediatric infectious disease.

The program offers training opportunities in epidemiology, clinical research and laboratory research. The laboratory-based research examines the host response to various pathogens, including:

  • bordetella pertussis
  • listeria monocytogenes
  • escherichia coli
  • trichinella spiralis
  • parainfluenza viruses
  • RSV
  • endotoxin

Research interests

Our research focuses on three major themes: host response and neonatal infections, vaccinology and nosocomial infections.

We regularly collaborate the Department of Microbiology and Immunology to study the mechanisms of inflammation, leukocyte migration, the role of cytokines, and adhesion molecules in animal models of autoimmune diseases and asthma. Our clinical research includes:

  • multicentre vaccine trials
  • studies of pertussis treatment and prevention
  • hospital infection control projects

Our people

Contact info

Email: ying.watt@iwk.nshealth.ca
Phone: 902-470-7479
Fax: 902-470-7232

Division of Infectious Diseases

Department of Pediatrics

Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

IWK Health Centre

5850/5980 University Avenue

PO Box 9700

Halifax, NS  B3K 6R8