Michael Hawkes


The goal of my research program is to translate state-of-the-art scientific findings to clinically relevant strategies for the improvement of outcomes in global pediatric infections. Malaria, pneumonia, and tuberculosis are examples of globally important childhood diseases that are current areas of investigation. My program of research includes basic science disease models, clinical trials in resource-limited settings and social determinants of infectious diseases (e.g., human conflict in the Congo). This work aims to accelerate discovery to impact in terms of patient outcomes, applying principles of infectious disease pathogenesis to identify innovative diagnostic strategies and potential therapeutic targets. This program of research is grounded within a global ethical framework, which sees the world as increasingly interconnected and implicated in the concerns of vulnerable pediatric populations worldwide.

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November 30, 2022

Ebola may hit children harder and longer than adults, study suggests

Analysis of lab data from previous outbreak in Congo provides critical information that will help doctors treat future pediatric patients.

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October 27, 2021

Infections from respiratory viruses follow a predictable seasonal pattern, researchers find

Viral infections peak in January and bottom out in June, with worse seasons every second year — an ebb and flow that could help the health-care system plan ahead.

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May 20, 2021

Canadian-led project saves lives in Somalia through innovative solar-powered oxygen system

U of A researchers team with Grand Challenges Canada and World Health Organization to bring a healthcare necessity to a Somalian conflict zone.

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November 7, 2018

Medical student goes the extra mile with his Summer Studentship project

Second-year med student Jack Underschultz used his WCHRI Summer Studentship to research the link between biomarkers in the blood and pediatric pneumonia.

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