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angle-left Brian Ward, MD, DTM&H, MDCM

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC , Glen site

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Centre for Translational Biology

Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



Vaccines • respiratory viruses • international health • parasitology • diagnostics

Research Focus

My research focuses on: the development and evaluation of novel virus-like particle vaccines (eg: influenza, measles) in both young and elderly subjects, international health issues with a particular focus on factors that influence HIV transmission, virus-nutritional interactions, and the development of new diagnostic tests for parasitic diseases. My laboratory sits at the junction between infectious diseases clinic and the basic science laboratory. Projects can start at either end of this spectrum and move from 'bed to the bench-top' or from 'bench-top to the bed'. Most of the basic work is carried out in Montreal with satellite facilities in Peru and Zimbabwe. Human vaccine studies are conducted at the MUHC Vaccine Study Centre in Pierrefonds, QC.

Selected Publications

  • Soye KS, Trottier C, DiLenardo T, Restori K, Miller WH Jr, Ward BJ. Retinoids inhibit mumps virus replication via RIG-I signalling and up-regulation of Type I interferon. Virology J 2013 (in press)

  • Qianqian Miao1, Santamaria C, Dana Bailey D, Fu M, Jacques Genest J, Ward BJ, Ndao M. Apolipoprotein A-I truncations in Chagas Disease are caused by cruzipain, the major cysteine protease of Trypanosoma cruzi. Am J Pathol 2013 (in press)

  • Yam KK, Gupta J, Scheifele DW, Scott Halperin S, Ward BJ Unusual pattern of IgG avidity in some young children following two doses of adjuvanted pandemic H1N1(2009) influenza vaccine. Clinical Vaccine Immunol 2013 Apr;20(4):459-67

  • Defay F, De Serres G, Skowronski DM, Boulianne N, Ouakki M, Landry M, Brousseau N, Ward BJ. Measles in Children Vaccinated With 2 Doses of MMR. Pediatrics. 2013 Oct 21.

  • Landry N, Ward BJ, Trepanier S, Montomoli E, Dargis M, Lapinin G, Vezina LP. Preclinical and clinical development of plant-made virus-like particle vaccine against avian H5N1 influenza. Vaccine. 2011 Feb 24;29(10):1921-8.