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angle-left Vivian Loo, MD, M.Sc.

Investigator, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



Clostridium difficile • healthcare-associated infections • infection control

Research Focus

My research focuses on healthcare-associated infections and I have a particular interest in Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) . My research examines the epidemiology of CDI, looking at risk factors for infection and colonization as well as different strategies for prevention of transmssion. I am also involved in the evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests for CDI.

Selected Publications

  • Loo VG. Environmental Control of Clostridium difficile. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America. 2015; 29; Issue 1: 83-91.

  • Kong L, Dendukuri N, Schiller I, Bourgault A-M, Brassard P, Poirier L, Lamothe F, Béliveau C, Michaud S, Turgeon N, Toye B, Frost E, Gilca R, Dascal A, Loo VG. Predictors of Asymptomatic Clostridium difficile Colonization on Hospital Admission. Am J Infect Control. 2015; 43: 248-53.

  • Vincent C, Mehrotra S, Loo VG, Dewar K, Manges A. Excretion of host DNA in feces is associated with risk of Clostridium difficile infection. J Immunol Res. 2015; 2015: 246203. Published online 2015 May 18.

  • René P, Frenette CP, Schiller I, Dendukuri N, Brassard P, Fenn S, Loo VG. Comparison of eight commercial enzyme immunoassays for the detection of Clostridium difficile from stool samples and effect of strain type. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012; 73:94-96.

  • Loo VG, Bourgault A-M, Poirier L, Lamothe F, Michaud S, Turgeon N, Toye B, Beaudoin A, Frost EH, Gilca R, Brassard P, Dendukuri N, Béliveau C, Oughton M, Brukner I, Dascal A. Host and pathogen factors for Clostridium difficile infection and colonization. N Engl J Med. 2011; 365:1693-703.