Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
Medical Microbiologist & Head, Division of Microbiology, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
Early and accurate diagnosis of respiratory and central nervous system infections can lead to improved outcomes and earlier discharges, yet identification methods for such diseases are commonly available for only a limited number of infectious agents. Next generation sequencing (NGS) technology has shown promise for detection of a huge range of human pathogens from biological samples. I have been involved as a co-investigator in a pilot study examining a new lab process for NGS for the comprehensive detection of bacterial and viral pathogens in pediatric respiratory and cerebrospinal fluid samples.