We caught up with five of the COVID-19 Research Response Fund award recipients to gain insight on where their research programs are at, one year later.
Dr. Danuta Skowronski’s research, funded by MSFHR, directly informed the COVID-19 vaccine dosage recommendation that likely prevented thousands of hospitalizations across Canada during the third wave.
With an MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund award, Dr. Julian Somers is investigating practices to support some of BC’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic.
With MSFHR funding, Dr. Bala Nikku and his team are mapping the experiences of health-care workers in home-care and long-term care facilities across British Columbia during the pandemic.
Launched by Dr. Chris Carlsten, a new patient registry will track the health of every person who recovered from COVID-19, discharged from the major hospitals in Vancouver, and agreed to participate in the registry.
Led by Dr. Patricia Spittal, her team of Indigenous and allied researchers focus on how Indigenous people have been impacted by the pandemic, concentrating on a cohort of 800 young people who use drugs in Vancouver and Prince George.
British Columbian researcher Dr. Manish Sadarangani hopes to provide further clues to this question in coming months with funding from the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund.
Dr. Laura Cowen, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria, is leading a team in developing a model that estimates rates of unreported COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island and forecasts the likelihood of transmission in high-risk groups, like the elderly and people experiencing homelessness.
Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on newcomers to BC, urban Indigenous people, frontline health-care workers, and those in prisons or precarious housing is the focus of many of the funded researchers from the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund, announced today. Other research teams will investigate testing the body’s response to COVID-19, detecting future waves of COVID-19 in BC, and understanding the virus’s transmission.
How has COVID-19 affected long-term care delivery in BC? What do COVID-19 mutations mean in a pandemic response? Are physical distancing measures effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? These are some of the questions the first 10 MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund teams are tackling to further BC’s understanding and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects will have results available in time to inform public health responses by the fall and winter of 2020/21.