The Cause: Solve Humanity’s Deadliest Puzzles

Le Bal Rouge 2022 will honour the work of the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) and its Founding Director, Dr. Donald Sheppard. The importance of infectious disease research could not be more evident than it is today. With your support, MI4 can ensure we are prepared for the next global health crisis.

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MI4 Is Changing the World

Dr. Don Sheppard

Dr. Sheppard is Founding Director of MI4, a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC, and Founding Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the MUHC. He is also Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Professor of Molecular Mycology at McGill University.

Dr. Sheppard played an instrumental role in Montreal, Quebec and Canada’s COVID-19 response. As reports of the coronavirus emerged, he mobilized over 100 experts to launch more than 50 COVID-19-related research projects spanning everything from treatment to transmission to vaccines. He appeared on television and radio, providing expert advice to the general public. And he sat on the COVID-19 Therapeutics Task Force, a Government of Canada initiative that convened Canada’s top experts to support the country’s COVID-19 response. In 2021, he won the McGill Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media for his role in sharing COVID-19 information with the public.

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The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) was created in 2017 to address the global threat of infection. It brings together over 250 researchers and 5,000 staff from a wide range of fields to find solutions to humanity’s deadliest puzzles: tuberculosis, COVID-19, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated across Canada, MI4 worked to address the greatest and growing needs: clinical care, launching community education initiatives, developing new approaches for diagnosing and managing COVID-19, and advising provincial and national health ministries. MI4 continues to lead the MUHC’s response to this global health challenge. With over 50 projects underway, the team is working relentlessly to uncover new solutions to stop COVID-19, as well as answers for a post-COVID world.

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Press Highlights

MI4 and Dr. Sheppard have been prominent in the media since the COVID-19 pandemic began, providing accurate and up-to-date information to the public.

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