Improving health and patient outcomes Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity

The immune system fights infection (microbes) through special organs, cells and chemicals.  The immunology of infectious disease studies how the immune system responds to infectious agents and how infectious agents interact with, modify or elude the immune system. More recent developments have shown that immunology may play an important role in the treatment of some cancers. Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn't cause a reaction in most people.

Doctor and patient Researchers

Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity

  1. 1910

  2. 1920

  3. 1930

  4. 1938

    Quebec’s First Medical Research Institute

  5. 1940

  6. 1943

    The Canadian Government re-established its Venereal Disease Control Division

  7. 1947

    A polio virus research program was launched

  8. 1950

  9. 1950

    During the poliomyelitis epidemic of the 1950s, Dr. Armand Frappier pioneered virology and introduced the Salk vaccine to Canada

  10. 1960

  11. 1970

  12. 1980

  13. 1980

    Dr. Allan Ronald travelled to Kenya to establish a research program for sexually transmitted infections in collaboration with the University of Nairobi

  14. 1984

    Along with Dr. Frank Plummer, Dr. Ronald established an AIDS clinic in Nairobi

  15. 1988

    Dr. Bergeron became the Director of the Clinical Research Unit for the treatment of AIDS in Quebec city and the eastern part of the province

  16. 1990

  17. 1995

    Dr. Bergeron facilitated the production of diagnostic inventions when he created Infectio Diagnostics Inc.

  18. 1996

    HAART became the new standard of care for HIV in North America and Europe

  19. 1998

    Lamivudine was licensed in Canada as Heptovir

  20. 2000

  21. 2001

    The Ugandan-based Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa was established

  22. 2007

    Dr. Bergeron established GenePOC

  23. 2009

    Estelle Simons' observations laid the groundwork for improved treatment plans for anaphylaxis

  24. 2010

  25. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.