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Robert Slinger, MD, FRCPC photo of Robert Slinger
Clinical Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, CHEO
Medical Microbiology, Division of Bacteriology, CHEO
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Ottawa

slinger@cheo.on.ca
613-737-7600 Ext. 2651
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
Dr. Slinger’s research projects are the development and evaluation of multiple-target real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) panels for the diagnosis of respiratory tract infections, including the bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia, sinusitis and otitis media; gastrointestinal tract infections, including the bacterial, viral, and parasitic causes of diarrhea; and sepsis, which is a severe, life-threatening blood-stream infection. The aim of the research is to develop sensitive and specific tests capable of detecting the cause of these infections in less than one hour, so that patients can be given appropriate treatment immediately – for example, while still being seen in the Emergency Department – rather than waiting several days for test results.
Research Team:
  • Francis Chan
  • Loana Moldovan
Biography:
Dr. Slinger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a specialist in three fields: Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, and Pediatrics. He is the program director for the University of Ottawa Medical Microbiology residency program. His research focus is rapid infectious molecular diagnostics.
Sample Publications:
Slinger R, Duval M, Langill J, Bromwich M, MacCormick J, Chan F, Vaccani JP. Direct molecular detection of a broad range of bacterial and viral organisms and Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine serotypes in children with otitis media with effusion. BMC Res Notes 2016; 9:247.

Slinger R, Moldovan I, Bowes J, Chan F. Polymerase chain reaction detection of Kingella kingae in children with culture-negative septic arthritis in eastern Ontario. Paediatr Child Health 2016; 21(2):79-82.

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