Deshayne Fell

Dr. Deshayne Fell is a Canadian perinatal epidemiologist based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Career and Affiliations

CHEO Research Institute

Fell is a scientist at the CHEO Research Institute.1)

University of Ottawa

Fell is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.


Fell is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

World Health Organization

Fell has been a member of two WHO Technical Advisory Groups related to maternal immunization.2)

Society for Epidemic Research

Fell is a faculty member of the Society for Epidemic Research.3)

World Vaccine Congress

Fell presented at the World Vaccine Congress in April 2022 on the subject of maternal immunity and vaccines.4) The WVC is sponsored by Baxter, BD, CanSinoBio, Codex DNA, Dynavax, Emergent BioSolutions, Eurofins, Immunomic Therapeutics, Intravacc, Janssen, Medicago, MilliporeSigma (a Merck company), Novavax, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Sanofi, Sino Biological, and VBI Vaccines, among many others.5)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Fell is a liaison representative for the Canadian Association for Immunization Research, Evaluation and Education (CAIRE) on the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), responsible for approving COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.6)


Fell's research uses large, linked population databases and registries to improve our understanding of factors affecting maternal and infant population health. Her specific focus includes infection and immunization during pregnancy and their relationship with birth outcomes and longer-term pediatric health outcomes, including safety and effectiveness of maternal immunization.


Fell has conducted research with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,7) 8) including as a Principal Investigator. At least one of these studies was also funded and/or coordinated by PATH and the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).9)

Deshayne Fell. CHEO Research Institute. Retrieved April 21, 2022, from
Methodological Challenges of Studying Perinatal Outcomes Following Immunization During Pregnancy: A Case Study on Influenza. (2019). McGill University.
Deshayne Fell. Society for Epidemiologic Research. Retrieved April 21, 2022, from
Agenda | Vaccine Congress USA. (2022, April 21). World Vaccine Congress Washington 2022.
sponsors & exhibitors | Vaccine Congress USA. (2022, April 21). World Vaccine Congress Washington 2022.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Membership and representation. (2020, December 18). Wayback Machine; Government of Canada.
Ganton, J. (2018, January 19). Newborn sepsis: Could routinely collected blood spots help with early detection? Ontario Hospital Research Institute.
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. (2015, November). Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Fell, D. B., Johnson, J., Mor, Z., Katz, M. A., Skidmore, B., Neuzil, K. M., Ortiz, J. R., & Bhat, N. (2017). Incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza disease among infants under 6 months of age: a systematic review. BMJ open, 7(9), e016526.