The ESPID Podcast
Episode 4: Manish Sadarangani and Ron Dagan
Manish Sadarangani and Ron Dagan in Conversation on Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Dr. Manish Sadarangani talks to Prof. Ron Dagan about his experiences in PID across his career (including only getting one vaccine when he was a child), the greatest achievements from the field, the pneumococcal vaccines, and the ongoing paradigm shift in intervention.
A podcast by ESPID, the European Society for Infectious Diseases.
Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC Department of Pediatrics
Dr Manish Sadarangani completed his undergraduate medical training and pediatric residency in Cambridge, Oxford and London in the UK. He then completed his DPhil with the Oxford Vaccine Group in the UK, developing novel vaccine candidates for protection against capsular group B meningococcal disease, and completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Vancouver in 2013 before returning to Oxford to work as a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician. He has worked in pediatrics throughout the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. His research links clinical trials with basic microbiology, immunology and epidemiology to address clinically relevant problems related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. Specific research interests include meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccines, bacterial conjugate vaccines, understanding vaccine-induced immunity using systems biology approaches, meningitis and encephalitis, maternal immunization, the microbiota and antibiotic resistance.
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva.
Ron Dagan founded the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit at the Department of Pediatrics, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and served as its director from 1987 to June 2014. He is a Founding Member of the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infectious Disease (ISID) (2010-2016) and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He served as President of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) from 2004 to 2006 and as President of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) from 2006 through 2009. He has chaired the board of the International Symposia on Pneumococcus and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD) from 2010 to 2016.
Prof. Dagan has contributed over 500 original articles, reviews and book chapters, and has presented over 500 papers at national and international scientific meetings.
He has earned international recognition for his research, which has focused largely on vaccine preventable diseases, with particular emphasis on pneumococcal vaccines, the epidemiology of respiratory infections in children and pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of otitis media.