COVID-19 Research Response Fund Award Recipients

The COVID-19 Research Response Funding Call has been developed in the context of the current setting of a large number of rapidly deployed, global and national research funds covering the full array of pandemic research. It focuses on high quality research that evaluates BC’s response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and informs ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission.

Each successful project addresses one or more of the following research focus areas:

1. Rapid evaluation and/or modelling of public health countermeasures to support the timing of levels of their withdrawn and potential future redeployments in BC.

2. BC population-specific epidemiologic support for decision-makers, including the identification of strategies to prevent high burdens of illness among key/vulnerale groups (e.g. residents of long-term care facilities, inner city populations, Indigenous people, health care workers, etc). 

3. Human geogrpahic considerations in BC, including rurality, community, culture and population movement with a view to prevent transmission and mitigating effects

4. The identification and mitigation of the impacts of the pandemic and pandemic response, including the secondary effects on the health of the population of BC.

5. The impacts of rapid health service redesign and redeployment on health outcomes in BC. 

(Host institution)
Project Title Team Members Research Location Research Focus Area
Valorie Crooks
A Spatial Approach to Exploring Vulnerability in the Context of COVID-19 in British Columbia Nadine Schuurman    Simon Fraser University – Burnaby Campus 3
Sarka Lisonkova
All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality and Acute Morbidity Attributable to COVID-19 and Medical History Associated with Severe COVID-19 Infection in BC. Jeffrey Bone
Wee-Shian Chan
K.S. Joseph
Neda Razaz
Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia 4
Manish Sadarangani
COVID-19 in Children and Young Adults in BC – Evaluation of Public Health Measures and Epidemiologic Support for Decision-Makers Daniel Coombs
Soren Gantt
David Goldfarb
Gina Ogilvie
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute 2
Ryan Woods
BC Cancer
The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Diagnosis and Outcomes in British Columbia (BC) Carl Brown
Kim Chi
Lisa Kan
Dean Regier
BC Cancer Research Centre 4
Christopher Carlsten
Respiratory Outcomes Following COVID-19 Infection in British Columbia: A Prospective Patient Registry
Christopher Ryerson
James Johnston
Aditi Shah
Alyson Wong
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute; Providence Health Care; Vancouver Coastal Health; Centre for Heart Lung Innovation 4
Juan Avina-Zubieta
Risk and Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients Exposed to Immunosuppressive and Immunomodulatory Agents in British Columbia. A Population-Based Study. Jacek Kopec
Diane Lacaille 
Jonathan Loree
Hui Xie 
Arthritis Research Canada (ARC) 2
Yuk Joseph Ting
Study of Early Health Outcomes in Neonates Exposed to COVID-19 in British Columbia (SHiNE-BC) Sarka Lisonkova
Elodie Portales-Casamar
Ashley Roberts
Connie Yang
Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia 4
Farinaz Havaei
Evaluation of Rapid Redesign and Resource Deployment in Long-Term Care during COVID-19 David Keselman
Maura MacPhee
Alison Phinney
Alexandre Bouchard-Côté
Real Time Phylodynamic Monitoring of COVID-19 Liangliang Wang
Shijia Wang
UBC  1
Naveed Janjua
Measuring the Impact of Physical Distancing Measures and Creating Paths for Monitoring during the Relaxation Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic Daniel Coombs
Mike Irvine
Michael Otterstatter
David Roth
BC Centre for Disease Control 1