Daily Media Digest July 3, 2020

Inside the Saskatoon lab developing a COVID-19 vaccine
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“Research technician Michaela Nickol extracts viral RNA at VIDO-InterVac where researchers are running experiments to find a vaccine for COVID-19.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine development, innovative research

McMaster doctor expands research project to include coronavirus testing on Hamilton-area farms
“… Tim O’Shea, an infectious disease doctor at McMaster University and a physician with the Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HamSMaRT), ..”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, population research

Vancouver biotech company plays key role in developing COVID-19 vaccine
CTV News
“BioNTech and Pfizer will continue to study the new mRNA vaccine. Madden says a vaccine likely won’t be ready until 2021.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, vaccine

Contact tracers are the new front line against COVID-19
“If workplaces reopen and public activities resume, then 60 per cent of exposed contacts—known or unknown to the coronavirus-positive person—would need to be traced and isolated in order to avoid a rebound, according to a recent York University study.”
TAGS: COVID-19, contact-tracing, public health

USask researchers to develop saliva-based COVID-19 home testing kit
USask Health Sciences
“University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of two COVID-19-related projects awarded major federal funding today—one to develop a unique saliva-based test for COVID-19 detection and the other to track COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.”
TAGS: COVID-19, home testing kit, dentistry

Bone imaging scholar receives prestigious Banting CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship
“Working in the Bone Imaging Lab in the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health with advisor and institute director Dr. Steven Boyd, PhD, Knowles’s research is monitoring and measuring young patients’ bone structure and strength shortly after they sustain an ACL injury, to better predict and ultimately prevent PTOA from developing.”
TAGS: medical imaging, medical technology, arthritis, bone health