Immunity Task Force Members and Secretariat in the World Literature

Van Caeseele, P., Bailey, D., Forgie, S.E., Dingle, T.C., Krajden, M. (2020). SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) serology: implications for clinical practice, laboratory medicine and public health. CMAJ, Aug 2020, 192 (34) E973-E979; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.201588

Anderson, G., Frank, J. W., Naylor, C. D., Wodchis, W., & Feng, P. (2020). Using socioeconomics to counter health disparities arising from the covid-19 pandemic. BMJ, m2149. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2149

Cheng, M. P., Papenburg, J., Desjardins, M., Kanjilal, S., Quach, C., Libman, M., Dittrich, S., & Yansouni, C. P. (2020). Diagnostic Testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome–Related Coronavirus 2. Annals of Internal Medicine, 172(11), 726–734. https://doi.org/10.7326/m20-1301


Task Force research funded to date

Primary Investigator/Researcher
Last nameFirst nameInstitutionProject Title
Statistics CanadaThe Canadian COVID-19 Antibody and Health Survey
AwadallaPhilipCanadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath)National study looking at seroprevalence of COVID-19 antibodies among high-risk populations
ZinzserKateUniversité de Montréal and Centre for Public Health ResearchEnCORE Study: How many children and teens in Montreal have been infected with SARS-CoV-2
RainaParminderCanadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA): Platform for studying the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic in aging populations (CLSA-COVID-19 Study)
MoneyDeborahUniversity of British ColumbiaCanadian Population Serological Survey Utilizing Antenatal Serum Samples
AwadallaPhilip Ontario Institute for Cancer ResearchSurveilling Prospective Population cOhorts for COVID19 pRevalence and ouTcomes in Canada (SUPPORT-Canada)
AzadMeghan University of ManitobaRapid research in the CHILD Cohort to inform Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: investigating the prevalence and predictors of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and the health and psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian families
CherryNicola University of AlbertaThe impact of COVID-19 on the health of physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers: an interprovincial cohort study
CheungAngela University Health Network (Toronto)Canadian COVID-19 Prospective Cohort Study (CanCOV)
DrabovichAndrei University of AlbertaRational design and standardization of serology diagnostics using immunoaffinity-targeted proteomics assays
GraceDaniel University of TorontoEngage-COVID-19: A mixed methods study of biomedical, behavioural, and psychosocial aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Canada
GrantMichael Memorial Universty of NewfoundlandCharacterization of Cellular and Humoral Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2
HwangStephen Unity Health TorontoThe COVENANT Study: COVID-19 Cohort Study of People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto
JarviKeith Sinai Health System (Toronto)Development of high throughput, inexpensive and scalable testing to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies using home blood collection kits and a fully automated ELISA antibody assay
KaufmannDaniel Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM)Early immune predictors of sustained SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses after COVID-19 disease
LachowskyNathan University of VictoriaThe COVID-19 Pandemic Among Sexual and Gender Marginalized Populations in Canada: Physical Distancing Impacts, SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence, and Health and Wellness Needs
LangloisMarc-André University of OttawaAnalysis of Antibody Neutralization Efficiency and Cellular Immunity in SARS-CoV-2-Positive Individuals Identified in At-Risk Individuals
LittleDustin Ryerson UniversityA low-cost, portable, and decentralized microfluidic device for detecting SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies
MadathilSreenath Arekunnath McGill UniversityCOVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists as they return to work: a cohort study
MaguireJonathon Unity Health TorontoTARGet Kids! COVID-19 Study of Children and Families: Safe Return to School, Work, and Play
McGeerAlisonSinai Health System (Toronto)Are healthcare workers at higher risk of COVID-19 than other working adults?
NazyIshac McMaster University Long-term protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 virus in COVID-19 patients
O’ConnorDeborah Sinai Health System (Toronto) / University of TorontoCan COVID-19 and maternal antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 be transmitted through human milk? Implications for breastfeeding and human milk banking
Quach-ThanhCaroline Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-JustineREinfection in COVid-19 Estimation of Risk (RECOVER)
TroyerRyan University of Western OntarioSimple assay to assess antibody-dependent enhancement of SARS-CoV-2
WattsTania University of TorontoTowards a comprehensive understanding of adaptive immunity to SARS-CoV-2
WilsonKumanan Bruyère Research InstituteImmunity Passports for COVID-19: Scientific, Ethical, Policy and Design Implications
  Canadian Blood ServicesCollaborative nine-province SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence study based on 37,373 blood samples from blood donor centres across Canada (except Quebec and the Territories)