Three Canadian Experts Join Parliamentarians for a Virtual Conversation on COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

OTTAWA, August 26, 2020Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus are proud to host a virtual invitation-only conversation with Parliamentarians to learn about the important role of testing and contact tracing in the national effort to fight COVID-19.

Testing and contact tracing for COVID-19 seems to be a simple and obvious strategy that has been used extensively in the past to stop epidemics like smallpox and Ebola, but it is not as simple as it appears. At this virtual event, three Canadian experts in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing will help to educate Parliamentarians about how we build testing and contact tracing capacity in this country, what our federal, provincial and territorial governments are doing to ramp up testing capacity and the role that research can play in strengthening our country’s public health system to defeat the current pandemic and be better prepared for the next one.

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 3:30 – 4:45 PM ET

Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus

Jeannette Comeau, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP
Dalhousie University | IWK Health Centre
Doug Manuel, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute | Bruyère Research Institute
Ashleigh Tuite, PhD, MSc, MPH
University of Toronto | University Health Network

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Lloyd Longfield, MP (Guelph)
Vice-Chairs: Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia—Lambton), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman

Research Canada
Rosie Goldstein, MD, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

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Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs