Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Dr. Laura Norton

Laura Norton, MD, MS, Assistant Professor & Fellowship Program Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology

The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology provides expert clinical care and generates new knowledge about pediatric infectious diseases.

Education & Training

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota prepares physician graduates of pediatric residency programs for board eligibility and academic careers in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. It also trains post-doctoral PhD scientists in microbial pathogenesis and developmental immunology.

Physician trainees pursue patient-oriented or laboratory research, develop medical education skills, and provide clinical subspecialty care to patients. Clinical rotations include two children's hospitals, and emphasize training in diagnosis and management of common childhood infections, infections in the immunocompromised host and pediatric HIV in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Trainees wishing to pursue training in epidemiology or clinical trials may obtain a concurrent MPH degree in the School of Public Health.

Collaborating Departments

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship training is carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. Shared training responsibilities and opportunities include research seminars and journal clubs.

Patient Care

What causes ear infections? Can I prevent my child's ear infections? Is there a special clinic for children with ear problems? We provide a full range of services for a variety of infectious diseases. From routine vaccinations to complex diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of infectious disease, we work as a multidiscplinary team. For children who have serious infections or unusual susceptibility to infections, we have the experience and training to identify and treat infections caused by many different factors.

Research

Our faculty are committed to discovering new knowledge about pediatric infectious diseases. 

Some of our major areas of research include:

  • Mark R. Schleiss, MD - The Schleiss laboratory research program is described at cmv.umn.edu.
  • Patricia Ferrieri, MD - Dr. Ferrieri’s research emphasis has been in the pathogenesis of infections with group B streptococci (GBS) and host immunity to streptococcal antigens, specifically surface-localized proteins. The studies of Dr. Ferrieri and others of the surface-localized proteins have particular translational value because of the consideration of conjugating these proteins to purified GBS polysaccharides for vaccine development.
  • Edward L. Kaplan, MD - Dr. Kaplan is Professor in the Divisions of Pediatric Infectious Disease and of Pediatric Cardiology, and is an internationally recognized authority in his field. Dr. Kaplan is primarily interested in the study of group A streptococcal infections and their sequelae. Currently, the laboratory addresses the epidemiology, microbiology, immunology of group A streptococcal applied research. His laboratory is an active participant in an international network of reference laboratories focusing on group A streptococcal infections as well as their sequelae. Currently, active clinical laboratory collaborations between his laboratory and other countries include those in Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Egypt, North Africa, and South America.