Speaker Profile

Dr. Noni MacDonaldBiography
Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Canada. She is a former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University as was the first woman in Canada to be a Dean of Medicine. Her two current major areas of interest involve global health. The first is Vaccines including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy especially through her work with the World Health Organization(WHO). She has been a member of SAGE (the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for WHO)since 2017. This committee provides advice to WHO on all aspect of vaccinology. She also chairs the WHO Decade of Vaccine assessment committee that has been charged with reviewing the progress (or not) on the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals as a precursor for development of the next Decade of vaccines plan. The second area is MicroResearch, building capacity in community focused research in developing countries and now also in Canada (www.microresearch-international.ca) to help interdisciplinary health professionals find local solutions for community health problems that fit the context, culture and resources. She is a Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for MicroResearch International. Dr MacDonald has published over 400 papers; was the founding Editor- in- Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health for over 20 years, and a former Editor- in- Chief of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). She is the Editor for Child Health for new Oxford University Press publication Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health . Dr. MacDonald has long been recognized in Canada and internationally, as an advocate for children and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health.