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McMaster University to lead the way in infectious disease research

Charu Kaushic, scientific director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity at McMaster University, spoke during Friday's official opening.
Charu Kaushic, scientific director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity at McMaster University, spoke during Friday's official opening. Ken Mann

McMaster University is home to a new infectious disease research centre.

University officials were joined by the president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on Friday afternoon, cutting a ribbon to officially open the Institute of Infection and Immunity.

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Charu Kaushic is the scientific director of the institute which oversees national research worth $35 million annually.

Ensuring that research dollars are “used to inform evidence-based policies which make the health of Canadians better,” she says, is “really what we are about.”

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The institute is involved in a variety of research initiatives including antimicrobial resistance, Lyme disease, hepatitis-C, HIV/AIDS and sepsis and pandemic preparedness.

CIHR President Michael Strong says research institutes, like the one at McMaster, are “the lifeblood of CIHR’s strategic initiatives.”

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