Daily Media Digest February 24, 2021

‘Writing on the wall’ that a third COVID-19 wave is coming
Ottawa Citizen
““The writing is on the wall,” said Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and professor at uOttawa’s School of …”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, public health, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

University of Toronto and Danish drug company set up $40-million Type 2 diabetes research network
“… to high rates of diabetes, said Baiju Shah, an associate professor at U of T and head of endocrinology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.”
TAGS: diabetes, innovative research, chronic health condition, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Novo Nordisk

Using predictive biomarkers could improve success rate of new cancer drugs: U of T study
“The new research compared drug approval success rates in biomarker-based clinical trials to outcomes in trials without biomarkers for four types of …”
TAGS: biomarkers, cancer, innovative treatment, University of Toronto

U of T researchers uncover equity gap in diabetes-related AI
“… eHealth Innovation at University Health Network (UHN). “People who are associated with academic centres tend to get enrolled in research trials.”
TAGS: diabetes research, chronic health condition, artificial intelligence, University Health Network

Trudeau and Big Pharma: Not a love story
“Why doesn’t Canada have a robust pharmaceutical industry? Until the COVID crisis hit, Ottawa spent years putting up ‘don’t bother’ signs.”
TAGS: pharmaceutical industry, COVID-19, Canadian innovation

Pregnant health-care workers weigh COVID-19 vaccine risks given lack of research
“Clinical trials for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — the two types of vaccine available to Canadians — didn’t include pregnant or breastfeeding people.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, pregnancy, maternal health, women’s health