Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Barbara Law and Robert Pless
The PHAC team involved in the GAIA project includes: Barbara Law and Robert Pless.

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID) is part of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), an agency of the Government of Canada that is responsible for public health, emergency preparedness, and response and infectious and chronic disease control and prevention.

Dr. Barbara Law has been involved with the Brighton Collaboration for years and joined the Science Board in 2013 as advisor of Standards development. Dr. Law has been chief of vaccine safety at PHAC for 10 years where she leads the team that coordinates the Canadian Adverse Event Following Immunization Surveillance System. Dr. Law was a member of GACVS from 2005 to 2011 and the WHO-CIOMS Vaccine Pharmacovigilance Working Group.

Contribution to the consortium

PHAC will participate in WP 1, 3, 4 and 5.

In WP 1, the focus will be on developing case definitions with specific focus on their harmonization and quality according to Brighton Collaboration standards.  In WP3 PHAC will be involved in development and testing the tools developed in activity 3.1 and 3.2. In WP 4 the focus will be on stakeholder interaction of the BC network. As partner and dedicated Science Board member of the Brighton Collaboration for standard development, PHAC will be involved in the overall scientific coordination as part of WP5.