Analyze dangerous microorganisms
Intended for research on dangerous or emerging pathogens transmitted by the respiratory route, this laboratory will now be able to analyze viruses such as avian influenza and tuberculosis. Viruses such as Ebola and hemorrhagic fevers remain reserved for containment level 4, whose only laboratory in the country is in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“With a laboratory like this, we will move into the big leagues and we will be able to compete with the best researchers on the planet”, estimates Dr Boivin, also holder of the Canada Research Chair in Influenza Viruses. .
The level 3 containment laboratory will therefore allow him and his teams to take an interest in pathogens that it was previously impossible to handle. The Quebec University Hospital Center only had a level 2 containment laboratory.
In all, there are four levels of containment of microorganisms. Their classification varies in particular according to the severity of the infection in humans, their contagious potential and their dangerousness for manipulators.
A universal influenza vaccine
The research projects he intends to pursue aim to understand these infections and to develop new treatments and vaccines to treat them more effectively. Dr Boivin, who has been working at the CHU de Québec for 25 years, was already working on the development of a universal influenza vaccine.
“We are not the only ones in the race [parce que] the universal influenza vaccine everyone wants it, but it’s not easy to achieve, ”said Dr. Boivin, who hopes to be able to find the magic formula within 5 to 10 years.
The CL3 laboratory must wait for the accreditations of the Canadian authorities before getting started, “very soon”.