20 Facts About Allison McGeer


Allison Joan McGeer was born on 1953 and is a Canadian infectious disease specialist in the Sinai Health System, and a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

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Allison McGeer appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Senior Clinician Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, and is a partner of the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases.

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Allison McGeer trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Toronto.

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From 1989 to 1990, Allison McGeer was a clinical fellow in hospital epidemiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

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In 1989, Allison McGeer joined the Sinai Health System, where she specialised in microbiology.

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Allison McGeer holds a joint position as Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and of Infectious Diseases at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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Allison McGeer has studied the impact of influenza on hospital staff.

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Allison McGeer encouraged people of all ages to receive the universal flu vaccine and supported hospitals in improving their influenza testing.

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Allison McGeer contributed to a review of influenza diagnosis among older hospitalized patients on behalf of the Canadian Immunization Research Network Serious Outcomes Surveillance Network.

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Allison McGeer is the director of infection control, and works as a microbiologist and infectious disease consultant at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Allison McGeer has received research grants from Pfizer and Seqirus, as well as personal and consulting fees from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Medicago, Merck, Moderna, and Sanofi Pasteur.

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Allison McGeer led the investigations into Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto.

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Allison McGeer was based at the Ontario SARS emergency operation centre.

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Allison McGeer believes that Toronto eliminated SARS by isolating people who were infected or at risk from the virus, preventing its spread.

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Allison McGeer serves on Canada's COVID-19 Expert Panel, assembled by Chief Science Advisor of Canada Dr Mona Nemer to assist in providing advice and guidance to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government.

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In late January 2020, Allison McGeer expressed concerns over the ability to contain SARS-CoV-2, particularly the unknown incubation period, which makes it difficult to track and quarantine people who have been exposed.

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Allison McGeer started to investigate how long SARS-CoV-2 can survive in air in March 2020.

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Allison McGeer served as a principal investigator on a study examining the association between frailty and outcomes of COVID-19 infection.

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In May 2021, Allison McGeer explained that National Advisory Committee on Immunization deliberations to approve COVID-19 vaccines couldn't be made available to the public because the agency "has nothing like the budget or staff that would be needed" to do so.

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Allison McGeer was recruited as a member of the newly formed Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee, created by Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore in August 2021 to work on provincial vaccine programs.

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