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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She is the co-director of the McGill University Health Center Vaccine Study Center, is the Associate Infection Control Physician for Child and Adolescent Services of the McGill University Health Centre, and chairs the Montreal Children’s Hospital Infection Control Committee. She also works as a pediatric infectious diseases consultant and a medical microbiologist at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. 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. She currently serves on the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ), the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and chairs the provincial central-line associated bloodstream infections surveillance program at the INSPQ. She is a member of the steering committee of the Pediatric Leadership Council (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) and a council member of AMMI-Canada.


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



Nurse coordinators (all RN):
Monical Makarewicz
Janice Couture, BSc(N)
Giuliana Alfonso


Research assistants:
Madeleine Hollingdrake
Cathy Clarke
Alice Weir
Martha Wickware, RN
Allison Couture, BEd
Caroline Parsons
Mila Gonzales, MSc
Kathleen Peladeau, BSN
Suzanne DeRome, BSc(N)


Research Nurses (all RN):
Tamara Kuzik
Cynthia Roberton
Sandra Safulko, BSc(N)
Annick Audet, BSc(N)
Jeannette Perignon, BSc(N)
Teena Marie Johns, BSc(N)
Sandra Di Iullo, BSc(N)
Patricia Brown
Jodi Miller
Carina Mazloumian, BSN
Stacy Baker
Patti Bowers


Infectious diseases specialists:

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

Montreal Children’s Hospital Investigators:
Caroline Quach, MD MSc
Jane McDonald, MD
Earl Rubin, MD
Francisco Noya, MD
Dorothy Moore, MD PhD
Chris Karatzios, MD
Jesse Papenburg, MD MSc