One of my proudest accomplishments was the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, in the late 80s. And subsequently, we developed blood tests to protect the blood supply around the world, and the discovery led to the development of new drugs and vaccines.
The goal of my research here is to advance the development of a vaccine to protect people against hepatitis C, which is a very common virus, causing various forms of liver disease. Secondly, we want to try to develop a vaccine to actually help in treating patients, who already have the infection and have disease. And then thirdly, I’d like to contribute existing efforts here at the university, to try to identify a cause of other diseases by viral pathogens, by new viruses.
I’m very pleased to be at the University of Alberta, because they have excellent researchers, experimental researchers, and excellent clinical researchers in the diseases that I’m very interested in. For example, viral hepatitis and inflammatory bowel disease.