We help public health practitioners find, understand, and use infectious disease research and evidence.

The field of infectious diseases is constantly changing, so it’s critical that public health professionals have access to the best, most current expertise and evidence. At the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, we specialize in forging connections between those who generate and those who use infectious disease public health knowledge. Working across disciplines, sectors and jurisdictions, NCCID is uniquely situated to facilitate the creation and operation of networks and partnerships. From policy to practice, we’re able to build bridges between those with infectious disease questions, those with answers, and those in a position to act on the evidence.

NCCID is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, each focusing on a different area of public health. Our host organization is the University of Manitoba.

Truth and Reconciliation

NCCID is committed as an organization to work internally and with partners towards Truth and Reconciliation.

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) is hosted at the University of Manitoba, situated on the ancestral lands of the Anishnabeeg, Anishniniwak, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowak/Inninwak Nations. It is also in the heart of the homeland of the Métis Nation.

At NCCID, we strive to honour the lands and their original caretakers in our work. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty One land. We recognize that this and other treaties, have been implemented as part of the process of colonization intended to benefit some while harming others. We are committed to working with our partners towards reconciliation.

Nation Language 
Anishnabeeg Anishinaabemowin or Ojibwe 
Anishniniwak Anishinaabemowin or Ojibwe-Cree 
Dakota Oyate Dakota Oyate or Mississippi Valley Siouan or Lakota 
Denesuline Chipewyan or Denesuline or Dene 
Nehethowak/Inninwak Nehethowuk / Ininewak or Cree 
Métis Mitchif 


Please direct all NCCID-related media requests to NCCID (nccid@umanitoba.ca) or call 204-318-2591.

Student opportunities at NCCID

At NCCID, students gain the opportunity to learn hands-on skills and enhance their understanding of infectious diseases, public health systems and knowledge translation (KT). Learn more.

Mission Statement

To protect the health of Canadians by facilitating the use of evidence and emerging research on infectious diseases to inform public health programs and policy.

NCCID aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Encourage the integration of evidence on infectious diseases into public health programs, policies, and practices.
  • Encourage collaborative responses by relevant stakeholders, including public health policy makers, practitioners, and researchers, to public health issues and needs in the area of infectious diseases.

Current areas of focus

NCCID focuses on practice and policy interventions for Canadian populations, particularly the underserved, in the following areas:


The NCCs primary audience includes, but is not limited to, public health practitioners, researchers and policy makers.  More specifically, NCCID stakeholders include:

  • Chief Medical Officers of Health
  • Medical Officers of Health
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Provincial Epidemiologists
  • Communicable Disease Control Unit Directors
  • Public Health Inspectors
  • Public Health Program Managers
  • Public Health Policy Advisors
  • AIDS Service Organizations
  • Public Health Agency
  • NCCs
  • Students
  • Researchers

NCCID Advisory Board

Dr. David Patrick (Chair),
Director and Professor, UBC, School of Population and Public Health

Dr. Sevgi Aral,
Associate Director, CDC, Science Division of STD Prevention

Dr. Eilish Cleary,
Public Health Physician

Dr. Matthew Gilmour
Scientific Director General, National Public Health Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory

Dr. Margo Greenwood,
Academic Lead, NCC for Aboriginal Health

Dr. Amy Greer
Associate Professor, Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Dr. Michael Isaac
A/Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Province of Manitoba

Dr. James Irvine,
Medical Health Officer, Northern Saskatchewan

Dr. Digvir S. Jayas
Vice-President (Research and International), University of Manitoba

Dr Noémie Savard
Medical advisor, Direction des risques biologiques, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Dr. Noni MacDonald,
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University

Ms. Kathy MacLeod,
Home Community Care Nurse Manager, Pauingassi Little Grand Rapids First Nations

Dr. Cheryl Robbins
Family Nurse Practitioner, Maskwacis Health Services

Dr. Craig Stephen,
Director and President, Centre for Coastal Health


Dr. Yoav Keynan, Scientific Lead
204.318.2591 | email

Margaret Haworth-Brockman, M.Sc., Senior Program Manager
204.318.2584 | email

Harpa Isfeld-Kiely, M.A., Senior Project Manager
204.318.2580 | email

Zeeshan Qadar, M.Sc., BPharm, KT Project Manager
204.318.2582 | email

Susie Taylor, M.A., KT Project Manager
204.318.2590 | email

Claudyne Chevrier, PhD, KT Project Manager
204.318.2581 | email

Wendy Xie, M.Sc., PhD., KT Project Manager

204-789-3356 | email

Nancy Bedingfield, PhD, Tuberculosis KT Project Manager


Heather Long, M.Sc., BPE, KT Knowledge Broker


Wing Huen, B.Sc., Office Manager
204.318.2591 | email

Christopher Davis, B.A., Communications Manager
204.318.2585 | email

Mariana Echeverri Alvarez, Communications Coordinator

431.277.6489 | email