The University of Toronto (U of T) launched the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases (CVPD) in 2019 to be a hub for vaccine researchers and innovative vaccine science. Housed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), the CVPD fosters collaboration between academics, public health professionals, policymakers, and health care providers to maximize the health benefits of immunization for everyone.
Our work revolves around four pillars:
- Burden of disease trends and vaccine impact
- Immunization science and diagnostics
- Vaccine access and policy
- Vaccine confidence, practice, and communication
We aim to contribute locally and globally to healthy communities through excellence in interdisciplinary vaccine-preventable disease and immunization research and education.
The Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases is supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), which receives operational funding from the University of Toronto, as well as funding from grant and private sector sources. Private sector funding sources include support from Merck, Sanofi, and Pfizer. A set of governance processes are in place at the DLSPH to ensure that the Centre operates in accordance with University of Toronto policies, and without influence from its funders. Decisions on private sector support are made in consultation with the Dean, relevant faculty and Advancement, with oversight from a Senior Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto. The partnership between the CVPD and private sector funders supports the advancement and sharing of vaccine knowledge, research, and education to help communicate the importance of immunization as a cornerstone of public health.