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 DLSPH which receives funding from government, philanthropic, not for profit and private sector organizations. Private sector funding sources include vaccine manufacturers. A set of governance processes are in place at the DLSPH to ensure independent operation of the Centre. All funding is received under agreements that are aligned with policies of the University of Toronto and DLSPH that safeguard academic freedom of faculty and students. Decisions on private sector support are made in consultation with the Dean, relevant faculty and Advancement. In addition, the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases receives oversight from the Dean of the DLSPH and a Senior Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto.