Provincial Collaborative Network

CIRN’s Provincial Collaborative Network (PCN) capitalizes on the extensive research capabilities in the provincial public health agencies (Public Health Ontario, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec), provincial health ministries and universities to provide a collaborative platform in which to undertake evaluative, programmatic, applied public health research.

The PCN develops common analytic methodologies to assess vaccine safety, effectiveness, and coverage, including the use of both aggregate and linkable individual-level, large, highly powered datasets (e.g., reportable disease, laboratory, immunization, health care utilization, immigration, and vital statistics data).

The first CIRN PCN studies were of rotavirus vaccine safety, led by Dr. Shelley Deeks, immunization coverage measurement, led by Dr. Sarah Wilson, and pertussis vaccine effectiveness led by Dr. Natasha Crowcroft. Subsequent studies have included the impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness in young children led by Dr. Jeff Kwong and a study of epilepsy and immunization led by Dr. Karina Top.