Daily Media Digest March 30, 2020

I study viruses: How our team isolated the new coronavirus to fight the global pandemic
Brighter World – McMaster University
“Ultimately two teams in Canada would isolate the virus for study: one at the University of Saskatchewan and one that featured researchers from McMaster University, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto.”
TAGS: innovative research, COVID-19, public health

Hospital approved to analyze COVID-19 tests

“Dr. Stewart Kennedy, head of Thunder Bay Regional’s COVID-19 response team, says the hospital will soon be able to analyze coronavirus tests …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

How a lab in Sask. that focuses on animals became Canada’s $23M hope for a COVID-19 vaccine

“Darryl Falzarano, a research scientist at VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon, is working on developing a vaccine for COVID-19.”
TAGS: innovative research, COVID-19, public health

Coronavirus: McMaster researchers donate supplies to keep front-line hopsital workers safe
“McMaster University researchers who have been forced to close their labs during the new coronavirus pandemic are supporting local hospitals in their …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

University of Calgary medical students quadruple province’s COVID-19 contact-tracing capacity

“University of Calgary medical students and residents are helping fight the spread of COVID-19 on the front lines, and with their help the province has …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

Here’s how AI can help, and is already helping, Canada fight COVID-19
The Hill Times
“The federal government has already announced nearly $2-million in artificial intelligence funding to fight COVID-19.”
TAGS: artificial intelligence, COVID-19, public health

Can immunosuppressive therapies save lives? London, Ont., researchers launch study

“Researchers out of Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University in London, Ont., are trying to better understand the immune system’s …”
TAGS: innovative research, COVID-19, public health

The COVID-19 crisis: At war with a virus

McGill Reporter (blog)
“An overview of research activities underway at McGill and in partnership with other institutions to find vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tools for COVID-19.”
TAGS: innovative research, COVID-19, public health

St. Paul’s high-volume COVID-19 testing system a first in Canada
The B.C. Catholic (press release)
“Providence Health Care, which operates St. Paul’s Hospital, made headlines last week when it partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to offer …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health

Manitoba’s first clinical trial to stop COVID-19 spread begins

CTV News
“The trial, which is done with researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, the University of Alberta and the University of …”
TAGS: innovative research, COVID-19, public health

Firm led by U of T alumnus joins fight against COVID-19 with portable test kit
University of Toronto
“A University of Toronto alumnus is behind a biotech firm that could soon be bringing portable COVID-19 tests to communities across the country — and ultimately around the world.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health