Joanne LangleyMD

Division Head Infectious Diseases, Professor

Phone: 902-470-8141
Fax: 902-470-7232
Mailing Address: 
Canadian Center for Vaccinology
IWK Health Centre
Goldbloom RCC Pavilion, 4th Floor
5850/5980 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Research Topics:
  • Vaccines, vaccine preventable infectious diseases
  • Child health, infections in children
  • Evidence-based immunization policy
  • Respiratory infections, communicable disease control


  • Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health & Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine; Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research – GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Pediatric Vaccinology, Dalhousie University
  • Active Staff, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, IWK Health Centre


BA, Queen’s University at Kingston
MD, Dalhousie University
MSc (Clinical Epidemiology), McMaster University
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases), University of Toronto

Research interests

Dr. Langley is a pediatric infectious disease physician in the Department of Pediatrics and is cross-appointed in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine. She is based at the IWK Health Centre and the Canadian Center for Vaccinology. She conducts studies on the prevention of infectious diseases using vaccines, from phase 1 (first in humans) through to efficacy trials (phase 3) and post-marketing studies of how well vaccines work when they are used in immunization programs (phase 4). These studies are done with collaborators in public health, industry, universities, and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Langley has a particular interest in prevention of respiratory infections such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus and influenza. Her work also focuses on vaccine policy and evidence-based decision making in immunization programs. She is a member of the COVID-19 Science Expert Panel, and of the Expert Group on Health Systems of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, and a former member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care and Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (Chair, 2007-2011), and serves as an advisor on several immunization decision making expert groups. She is an active investigator in the Canadian Immunization Research Network and leads its Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

Selected publications