About Us

The bilingual MUHC Vaccine Study Centre (clinical research only) has been in existence since 1991, has conducted over 75 studies (over 5000 participants), and has a proven track record in enrolling and conducting quality vaccine & epidemiological research.

We have a bilingual, cohesive research team whose members work in collaboration with participants and sponsors in a dignified and respectful environment. We collect precise data to enhance knowledge where the ultimate goal is improvement of infants’, children’s and adults’ health.



 Our Team:

Medical Directors:

Dr Brian Ward completed his MDCM at McGill University in 1980 with subsequent training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1985-1991) and in microbiology at McGill (1992). He also holds a MSc from Oxford University (1980) and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of London (1985). Dr Ward is a Rhodes Scholar (Corpus Christi 1977) and is a recent recipient of the US Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award (2004). Dr Ward is currently chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at McGill University, associate director of the Tropical Diseases Center and director of the Canadian Reference Center for Parasitology.

He has served or continues to serve on a number of Canadian and international advisory committees in the areas of vaccine use, vaccine safety, tropical medicine and international health: among others the Canadian Advisory Committees on Immunization (1991-2001) and Causality Assessment (1993-2002: chair 1998-2002) as well as the US Anthrax Vaccine Evaluation Committee (1998-2003) and National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Review (2000- present). Since 1999, Dr Ward has chaired the Canadian Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel.

Dr Ward, has active research interests in measles, vaccine development and evaluation, parasitology and international health. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 14 reviews/book chapters. His principle contribution to the literature to date has been in the area of measles immunization and post-vaccination immunity.


Caroline QuachDr Caroline Quach
is the current president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease – Canada’s (AMMI). She currently chairs the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ) as well as the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). She is a member of the Quebec Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance Program (SPIN) steering committee. Dr. Quach is a fellow of SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) and a member of the SHEA External Affairs Committee and of the SHEA pediatric leadership council.

Dr. Quach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Université de Montréal and the physician in charge of the Infection Prevention & Control Unit at the CHU Sainte-Justine. She works as a pediatric infectious diseases consultant and a medical microbiologist.  She is the Chair of the Infection Control Committee and the pediatric medical co-director of Optilab Montreal-CHUM (clinical laboratories). She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University and is the co-director of the McGill University Health Center Vaccine Study Center.  She holds a cross-appointment at the Quebec Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) where she works in the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Immunization branches.

Dr. Quach graduated from the Université de Montréal Medical School, completed her pediatric residency training at the CHU Sainte-Justine, and her post-graduate Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology training at McGill University where she also obtained a Masters of Sciences in Epidemiology. She is a clinician scientist and holds a salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). Her research interests are focused on the prevention of infections – both healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases.


Clinical Research Manager:
Deirdre McCormack, BSc(N), RN, CCRC

Nurse coordinators (all RN):
Monical Makarewicz
Janice Couture
Giuliana Alfonso
Patricia Brown

Research assistants:
Cathy Clarke
Alice Weir
Allison Couture, BEd
Mila Gonzales, MSc
Joanne Richardson
Sazini Nzula, PhD

Research Nurses (all RN):
Tamara Kuzik
Sandra Safulko, BSc(N)
Annick Audet, BSc(N)
Lorraine Piché
Jodi Miller
Carina Mazloumian, BSN
Diane Delli Colli, BSc(N)
Sylvie Nicholson

Infectious diseases specialists:

Montreal General Hospital Investigators:
Brian Ward, MD
Michael Libman, MD

CHU Sainte-Justine Investigator:
Caroline Quach, MD MSc

Montreal Children’s Hospital Investigators:
Earl Rubin, MD
Francisco Noya, MD
Jesse Papenburg, MD MSc
Marie-Astrid Lefebvre, MD MSc

Critical care specialists:

Montreal Children’s Hospital Investigators:
Patricia Fontela, MD PhD