Dr Brian Ward | Medical Officer

Dr Brian Ward, Medical Officer, Medicago

Dr. Ward received medical training at McGill, University of London and Johns Hopkins (Internal Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Microbiology). His research training began as a Rhodes scholar (1977-1980) and continued at Johns Hopkins (1986-1990). He joined the McGill Medical faculty in 1991 where he is currently full professor. He is chair of CAIRE(Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation) and represents Canada/CIHR on the GloPID-RScientific Advisory Board (Global Infectious Diseases Preparedness Research). He also sits on the Institutional Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute for Health Promotion & Prevention. Since 2010 and 2015 respectively, he has served as Medical Officer for Medicago, a rapidly growing company using plants to make vaccines and Aviex, a smaller US company using attenuated Salmonella strains as vaccine vectors. His research interests include nanoparticle vaccines, adjuvants & immunomodulators, micronutrient-virus interactions, and parasite diagnostics. He has published >225 peer-reviewed manuscripts/chapters and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. His international work has been carried out with colleagues in Peru, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Haiti and Venezuela among other countries.


DC Co-conference Day 2 April 4 @ 2:40

Characterization of the immune response induced by plant-made influenza vaccines

Immunogenicity of a plant-derived quadrivalent VLP vaccine in adults and the elderly

·         Phase 2 clinical results on QIV seasonal VLPs in healthy adults and elderly

·         Comparison of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses induced by VLPs

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