Welcome to MI4
Infectious and immune diseases remain one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st century. Clinicians, researchers and educators at McGill University and its affiliated hospital research institutes have long been at the forefront of the fight against these conditions. As clinician-scientists working both at the university and in the hospital setting, we have had the opportunity to work with many of these groups, and to learn that their efforts have often been compartmentalized by disease, by research approach, or by administrative geography. To bring these different groups together, we held a number of consultations and brainstorming events, culminating in the first McGill-wide Infection and Immunity forum in November 2017. The take-home messages from these events were clear. First, there is a wealth of underappreciated talent in this research space with over 200 principal investigators focused on infectious or immune diseases, of which nearly 100 are clinician-scientists / clinician-investigators. Second, while there are incredible opportunities for synergistic interactions between groups with complementary expertise, investigators need support to connect and build interdisciplinary research teams that span the larger McGill community. The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, or MI4, has been conceived to bring together these many talented scientists, with the goal of developing new solutions for infectious and immune diseases and delivering these solutions to the patients and populations who need them most.
We are excited to have embarked on this new journey, and hope you will join us in as we work to shape this new initiative to best support our community.