Careful vigilance of population immunity, booster vaccines, masks, and social distancing required to fend off a new COVID wave

A study out in preprint in August (and therefore not yet peer-reviewed) led by CITF Scientific Advisor Dr. Jane Heffernan and which included CITF Scientific Lead, Data Management & Analysis, Dr. David Buckeridge, modelled immunity to COVID-19 across Canada. The scientists used a mathematical model to determine the distribution of immunity in the Canadian [...]

2021-09-07T14:50:22-04:00September 7, 2021|Other|

Cutting-edge technologies can be used to anticipate functional and clinical impact of new variants of SARS-CoV-2

In a recent review in Clinical Proteomics, Dr. Andrei Drabovich and his team from University of Alberta provide insights on the use of cutting-edge technologies to empower basic and clinical research on COVID-19. Most importantly, they describe how these methodologies can be used to detect existing and novel viral variants. Mass spectrometry is a [...]

2021-08-23T21:02:19-04:00August 24, 2021|Other|

Tracking and mapping new mutations of SARS-CoV-2 across the globe

Dr. Marc-André Langlois and his team at the University of Ottawa analyzed mutations in SARS-CoV-2 from December 2019 to December 2020, including the impact on virus biology, therapeutics and vaccine effectiveness. This study was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF). In this pre-print, the [...]

2021-03-15T10:59:02-04:00March 15, 2021|Other|

Passport to normal: CITF researcher Kumanan Wilson comments on the future of immunity passports

With vaccine coverage on the horizon, many people are starting to think about how to document immunization. In this article, CITF-funded researcher Dr. Kumanan Wilson from the University of Ottawa and the Bruyère Research Institute and colleague Colleen Flood from the University of Ottawa, discuss how SARS-CoV-2 immunization passports could work, the infrastructure required [...]

2021-03-08T14:39:35-05:00March 3, 2021|Other|
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