Publications from our Experts

Publications from our Experts2021-04-06T13:15:38-04:00

Recovery after prolonged Intensive Care Unit treatment for COVID-19 patients

A recent commentary in Lancet Respiratory Medicine by CITF-funded researcher Dr. Margaret Herridge and colleagues highlights the record volume of COVID-19 patients treated for prolonged periods in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) around the world. Previous experience and follow-up data pre-pandemic from survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome and other coronavirus infections indicate that a large proportion of patients have physical and cognitive impairments for [...]

August 17, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Challenges and uncertainties around VOCs in children with solid organ transplants

In this short perspective in Pediatric Transplantation, CITF-funded researcher Dr. Upton Allen and colleagues present the latest evidence regarding the impact of variants of concern (VOCs) in children with solid organ transplants. They suggest that given the prolonged viral shedding observed more broadly in people with compromised immune statuses, there may be a greater chance that new VOCs develop. They argue that VOC-specific vaccines [...]

August 17, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Social inequalities at the center of COVID-19 hotspots in Canada

COVID-19 has not affected all Canadian communities equally. A growing body of literature is highlighting the inequalities in communities with high rates of COVID-19. In a recent pre-print, therefore not yet peer reviewed, researchers from across Canada, including CITF Scientific Lead for Data Management and Analysis Dr. David Buckeridge and CITF-funded researcher Tyler Williamson, have explored the geographical distribution of cases by area-level social [...]

August 10, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Study of blood donors shows many asymptomatic infections during the first COVID-19 wave in Quebec

A study led by Héma-Québec, the provincial blood collection agency, supported by the CITF and featuring CITF-funded researcher, Dr. Andrés Finzi, showed that 2.23% of blood donors were seropositive for SARS-CoV-2 between May 25 and July 9, 2020: about four times higher than the number of PCR-confirmed COVID-19 cases during the same period. In addition, questionnaire data revealed that approximately 50-66% of those who [...]

August 10, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Sewage can reveal the true spread of SARS-CoV-2 in a community

Wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 involves testing sewage for SARS-CoV-2 RNA, which if present, would suggest some level of infection in the source population. In a recent preprint, therefore not yet peer-reviewed, researchers present a computational model to better understand the dynamics between transmission of the virus in a community and its concentration in the wastewater. The model was tested using data from six wastewater [...]

August 3, 2021|Publications from our experts|

What is needed to achieve herd immunity against SARS-Cov-2?

In this brief communication by CITF-funded researcher Dr Shelly Bolotin and colleagues, five key elements to achieve and maintain herd immunity Herd immunity is reached when a large proportion of the population is immune to a specific disease, reducing the spread of the disease from person to person. are presented. The authors define herd immunity and present concise information on barriers and drivers in [...]

July 27, 2021|Publications from our experts|

From lessons learned to action: towards a pan-Canadian immunization system

As we navigate the ongoing pandemic, the effectiveness of Canada’s pandemic response is being evaluated. The auditor-general’s report, released in March 2021, outlined challenges, missteps, and lessons learned. In a Canadian Medical Association Journal commentary, CITF-funded researcher Dr. Kumanan Wilson and colleagues, Drs. Graham Sher and Jane Philpott, react to Canada’s response and suggest creating a new entity for coordinating Canada’s immunization system. Key [...]

July 27, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Vaccine hesitancy is low among public school teachers in British Columbia

In British Columbia (BC), where schools were open for the 2020-21 academic year, teachers were surveyed to better understand their perceptions around vaccination and measure their willingness to accept a COVID-19 vaccine. This study was conducted by CITF and VSRG leadership members Dr. Julie Bettinger, Dr.Gina Ogilvie, and Dr. Manish Sadarangani, and has been published in Vaccine: X. The research team has stated that [...]

July 20, 2021|Publications from our experts|

Mechanism of COVID-19 adenovirus vaccines’ blood clotting adverse events unveiled by Canadian scientists

In their CITF-funded work, researchers from McMaster University, including Dr. Ishac Nazy, identified the mechanism behind adverse events involving blood clots associated with the COVID-19 adenovirus vaccines. In Canada, this reaction has been reported to occur in one of every 60,000 people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine. This publication in Nature describes how unusual vaccine-triggered antibodies stick to components from blood platelets causing them [...]

July 20, 2021|Publications from our experts|
Go to Top