Coordinated COVID-19 Research Activities and Initiatives across BC

BC’s health research community is collaborating to provide a coordinated, strategic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that supports decision makers, patients, public and others.

This page serves as a resource identifying research efforts underway and planned, and supports participating organizations in communicating their work in the context of a coordinated provincial health research response.

If you are a researcher or researcher leader, you can help support BC’s coordinated research approach.

Help support BC’s coordinated health research response

Research activities and existing coordination efforts are led by a range of individuals and organizations, and serve as valuable components of BC’s coordinated research response. Leaders of initiatives are encouraged to review and add to the list, and further connect themselves to the provincial response through the following means:

Select COVID-19 research activities and initiatives in Canada

  • McMaster University
    • The COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) provides resources to support decision-makers and researchers to find and use the best evidence that is already out there and to help reduce duplication in and better coordinate the evidence syntheses, technology assessment and guidelines being produced.
  • Government of Canada
    • CanCOVID is an expert network of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creatin of CanCOVID to expedite communication and collaboration between the scientific, healthcare and policy communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian COVID-19 Human Host Genome Sequencing (HostSeq) Program (CGEn)
    • The Canadian federal government announced $20 million in funding to CGEn for a COVID-19 Host Genome Sequencing Program (see Press Release here). This announcement was part of a larger Canadian network, CanCOGeN, that also include sequencing the SAR-CoV-2 viral sequencing. This is a 2-year program that will requires swift and smart decisions to be delivered on time and with maximum impact
    • CGEn has been specifically tasked to sequence the genomes of 10,000 Canadians to help understand the genomic architecture of the host response to COVID-19, with data linked to clinical and medical information and build a Canadian genomic data resource that is accessible to Canadian researchers and will aid in studying genetic risk factors associated with the response to and severity of COVID-19. 
    • CGEn will provide free sequencing to eligible studies enrolled in the HostSeq project and ensure that samples entering the HostSeq initiative are sourced from a broad network of researchers/clinicians across Canada, working on a range of COVID-19 related research. The HostSeq SR sub-committee is currently chaired by Dr. Stuart Turvey. 
  • COVID-19 Mental Health Research
    • To support the mental health of all Canadians and address the increase in needs during this unprecedented time, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) developed a COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative, which includes a searchable database of knowledge syntheses and lay summaries of current evidence on mental health services' needs, delivery and guidelines, practice and related issues in the COVID-19 context for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and all Canadians.
    • The site features preliminary COVID-19 mental health knowledge syntheses and lay summaries. It's dedicated to the rapid dissemination of crucial mental health and substance use knowledge in the COVID-19 context.