Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society (PIPPS)
The Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society is a new provincial research institute based at Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Burnaby campus. The Institute focuses on understanding the emergence and spread of new pathogens and responding to infectious disease events with pandemic potential that pose potentially severe risks to the health and well-being of populations.

Our vision

To convene, generate and share critical knowledge that strengthens British Columbia’s capacities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from and be resilient to major infectious disease events that threaten to severely disrupt health and well-being in the province.

Our mission

  • Generate interdisciplinary knowledge for evidence-informed decision making
  • Support improved preparedness and response to major infectious disease threats
  • Support robust multi-sectoral responses, learning from current/previous pandemics
  • Offer rapid response analytical services for policy and practice

PIPPS is a research and training platform that brings together B.C. scientists, educators, trainees and public health institutions with leading national and international experts. The Institute’s interdisciplinary and population-level focus provides the opportunity to support whole-of-society and planetary health understandings of the wide-ranging determinants and impacts of major infectious disease events, and the multi-sectoral responses needed to enhance and maintain societal resilience.

Research themes include: the evolving nature of pathogens and the potential for future infectious disease threats; estimating risk of future pandemics from emerging pathogens and other infectious disease threats; the health and social inequities arising from pandemic events and responses to them; and effective health and risk communication during major infectious disease events.

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Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society (PIPPS)
Simon Fraser University »Simon Fraser University
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Caroline Colijn »Caroline Colijn
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