Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Professor Noni E MacDONALD

Professor Paediatrics, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Canada

Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Disease) at Dalhousie University and at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is a former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University (1999-2004); the first woman in Canada to become a Dean of Medicine.

Dr MacDonald received a Hon BSc in Microbiology (Queen’s University, 1970); an MSc in Microbiology (University of Ottawa, 1971) and an MD (University of Ottawa, 1975); paediatric residency training (University of Ottawa) ( Fellow Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-1978); subspecialty training in infectious diseases at McGill University (1978-9) and at University of Rochester (NY), (1979-81). Upon completion she returned to the University of Ottawa to start their infectious diseases clinical, teaching and research program. She was the first paediatrician in Canada to receive RCPSC subspecialty certification in infectious diseases, Dr MacDonald worked for 18 years at the University of Ottawa and its teaching hospitals as a professor, teacher, clinician and researcher in paediatrics and infectious diseases before being recruited to Dalhousie University where she continues as an active clinician, teacher and researcher post deanship and was a founding member of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology in 2004 and the Associate Director for Health Policy and Knowledge Translation 2005-2012.

Dr. MacDonald has two major current research interests; 1) Vaccines, and 2) MicroResearch, building capacity in community focused research in developing countries ( to enable teams of local health care workers or find local solutions for local maternal child health problems. She has published over 370 peer reviewed articles, editorials and commentaries. Dr MacDonald was also the founding Editor in Chief of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1996 and Editor in Chief for 20 years (1996-2016) helping it become one of the most read Canadian speciality journals. She has served on many national and international medical advisory boards in Canada and in the USA and received many awards.

Dr MacDonald has had made roles with the WHO, including as a founding member of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (1999-2004); helping to develop the first advanced AEFI causality assessment teaching modules (2004/5); as a member SIVAC External Technical Advisory Panel of Experts convened to help support NITAG development in GAVI eligible developing countries (2009-2011); as a member of the SAGE Technical Advisory Committee on Pneumococcal Vaccine in Africa (2011-2012); as a member of the SAGE Working Group on Vaccine Hesitancy; as a member of the SAGE Technical Group on Pain Mitigation at the Time of Immunization (2015) and as a core member on the UNICEF/WHO working group in vaccine demand as well as being regularly consulted for technical support on vaccine safety by and hesitancy the regional WHO offices.

Last updated: 10 January 2017