Understanding the body and disease process 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.

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Infectious Disease & Immunity

  1. 1917

    Félix D’Hérelle discovered ‘bacteriophages’ and bacteriophage therapy

  2. 1920

  3. 1930

  4. 1930

    Armand Frappier became an advocate for full-scale, anti-tuberculosis vaccinations in North America using the BCG vaccine

  5. 1933

    Félix D’Hérelle founded the Laboratoires du bactériophage in Paris

  6. 1940

  7. 1950

  8. 1960

  9. 1961

    Along with Dr. Amel Menoot, Bernard Belleau established Bristol Laboratories Canada

  10. 1970

  11. 1979

    Cyclosporine was discovered

  12. 1979

    Dr. John Bienenstock was one of the first to identify the T cell-dependent mucosal mast cell as a major effector cell of parasite gut immunity

  13. 1980

  14. 1987

    Dr. Lorne Tyrrell and his team discovered a new series of anti-viral compounds that had therapeutic potential for HBV treatment

  15. 1989

    Early Lamivudine drug trials began

  16. 1989

    In collaboration with BioChem Pharma Inc., Dr. Mark Wainberg and his team identified 3TC as an anti-viral drug

  17. 1990

  18. 1992

    As the AIDS Crisis continued unabated, Dr. Montaner played a key role in the establishment of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

  19. 1994

    Dr. Michel Bergeron founded the Centre de recherché en infectiologie (CRI) de Université Laval

  20. 1996

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

  21. 1999

    Dr. Tyrrell’s hepatitis studies extended to hepatitis C, where, with two colleagues, he developed another model system, an immunodeficient mouse with a humanized liver

  22. 2000

  23. 2000

    Dr. Bergeron was published in the New England Journal of Medicine

  24. 2001

    The National Food and Water Safety Coalition was founded

  25. 2010

  26. 2020

  27. 2020

    mRNA COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use

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.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.