Daily Media Digest April 2, 2020

With clinical trials halted, funding drop, UHN fears layoffs among researchers working on COVID-19
“Inside Canada’s top research hospital, more than 40 COVID-19 research projects are underway. Therapeutic trials are testing the impacts of antiviral drugs on patients, as diagnostic trials look to categorize risk factors.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

COVID-19: working together on a solution
Innovtive Medicines Canada
“The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an issue of growing concern around the world. The innovative pharmaceutical industry is working around the clock to find solutions to treat those infected by the virus and to prevent it from spreading.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

York U profs develop COVID-19 prediction tool for Canada

NOW Magazine
“A new analytics dashboard from York University’s Schulich School of Business predicts that Ontario will have 5,346 confirmed COVID-19 cases by …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

Kingston medical students are 3D-printing needed protective equipment

The Kingston Whig-Standard
“What started out as a group of medical students and a few of Queen’s University’s 3D printers and laser cutters has blossomed into a full-blown …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

Western University experts band together to produce medical face shields

“By the end of the day on Tuesday, 80 medical face shields designed and produced at Western University will be in a London, Ont., hospital for testing.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

Ottawa to spend $2-billion on medical gear as Canadian industry retools to battle COVID-19
The Globe and Mail
“Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said this new type … It also has a facility in the southern U.S. that is supplying masks to Canada in the short term.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

University of Saskatchewan awarded $5M for Indigenous health research

“University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).”
TAGS: Indigenous health research, community health

Air pollution from wildfires could make COVID-19 much worse

“Professor Michael Brauer in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, Dr. Christopher Carlsten, professor of medicine and Canada Research …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health