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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
613-737-7600 Ext. 2651
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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
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, Moldovan I, Hyde L, Chan F. Rapid detection of Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis in clinical and molecular proficiency panel specimens with a novel intercalating dye-based PCR assay. Scand J Infect Dis.2011 Sep 15.

Slinger R, Goldfarb D, Rajakumar D, Moldovan I, Barrowman N, Tam R, Chan F. Rapid PCR detection of group A streptococcus from flocked throat swabs: a retrospective clinical study. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2011 Sep 2;10(1):33.

Slinger R, Desjardins M, Moldovan I, Harvey SB, Chan F. A rapid,high-resolution melting (HRM) multiplex PCR assay to detect macrolide resistance determinants in group A streptococcus. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2011 Aug;38(2):183-5.

Book Chapters

Liying Yan, Robert Slinger. Detection Methodology: Pyrosequencing. Chapter 17, Molecular Microbiology : Diagnostic Principles and Practice,. ASM Press, edited by David H. Persing et al. 2nd edition, 2011.

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