October 28, 2021

Over the course of this pandemic there have been multiple COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes across the country, contributing to a major toll on the lives and wellbeing of countless residents, staff, and visitors.

Join us in this second CITF/CanCOVID Seminar Series: Research Results & Implications, as eight COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF)-supported research teams from across Canada unveil their latest findings. They will present and discuss their respective studies that offer strong evidence to support the protection of Canada’s long-term care residents, staff, and visitors.

Hear the evidence behind the latest policy decisions, including supporting the eligibility of this vulnerable population for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in many provinces and territories. We will then host a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.


Nathan Stall

Moderator | Nathan Stall, MD, PhD(c), FRCPC

CanCOVID Network Science Advisor, Staff Geriatrician, Sinai Health, Research Fellow, Women’s College Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital

Photo of Timothy Evans

Timothy Evans, MD, PhD

Executive Director of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

Lisa Barrett

Lisa Barrett, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology, Dalhousie University and Clinician Scientist and Physician of Infectious Diseases, Division of Infectious Diseases, Nova Scotia Health

Dawn Bowdish

Dawn Bowdish, PhD

Professor, McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity, McMaster University

Mark A. Brockman, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Co-Director of the SFU Interdisciplinary Research Centre for HIV (SIRCH), Simon Fraser University

Michelle Canac-Marquis, MPH, CCRP

Project Manager, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Presenting on behalf of PIs Dr. Donald C. Vinh, Dr. Jean-Philippe Gouin & Dr. Diana Cruz-Santiago

Daniel El Kodsi

Daniel El Kodsi, PhD

Project Manager/Postdoctoral Fellow, Bruyère Research Institute

Presenting on behalf of PIs Drs. Amy Hsu and Marc-André Langlois

Anne-Claude Gingras, PhD

Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Reseach Institute Sinai Health, Toronto, Ontario and Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Bonita Lee

Bonita Lee, MD FRCP(C) MSc Epi

Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry – Pediatrics Department, University of Alberta

Allison McGeer

Allison McGeer, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, and Senior Clinician Scientist and Infectious Disease Physician, Sinai Health System, Toronto, Ontario

Sharon Straus

Sharon E. Straus, MD, FRCPC, MSc, HBSc

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital-Unity Health Toronto, Director, Knowledge Translation Program, St. Michael’s

Sharon Walmsley

Sharon Walmsley, CM, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario