Dr. Dobson is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and the current Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at BC’s Children’s Hospital. His main research focus is in the prevention of infections in the adolescent age group and includes vaccines to prevent hepatitis B, meningococcal infections and human papilloma virus (HPV). Dr. Dobson also heads an immunization clinic for children that have had a previous reaction to a vaccine or have allergies that may require special immunization procedures.
A 10-year study of reducing the number of doses of Human Papillomavirus vaccines from three to two. HPV vaccines are a boon to womens' health offering primary prevention of cervical cancer. However, the vaccine is expensive in a three dose schedule and this limits the extent of its use in even affluent societies, let alone in the developing world. The provinces of BC, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia have combined their resources to fund a study looking to evaluate if a 2 dose regimen of Q-HPV is non-inferior to a 3 dose schedule in the prevention of HPV infection in young women at 19 years of age.