Immune Science

Understanding immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Michael Grant, Memorial Universty of Newfoundland

This study systematically assesses the strength, specificity, nature, and durability of antibody and cellular immune responses generated against SARS-CoV-2 in relation to severity of infection — in previously infected individuals.
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Predicting sustained SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses after COVID-19 infection

Daniel Kaufmann and Andrés Finzi, Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal

This study focuses on early clinical and immunological features of COVID-19 that can predict the emergence of protective and durable immune responses.
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COVID-19 infection, antibody responses, and immunity in at-risk individuals

Marc-André Langlois, University of Ottawa

Researchers will follow 500 healthy, at-risk individuals and 500 individuals who have previously tested positive for the virus or have received a vaccine to determine how much protection antibodies provide against repeat exposure to the virus and how long this protection, as well as the immunity provided by vaccines, will last.
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Determining long-term immune protection in COVID-19 patients

Ishac Nazy, McMaster University

This study aims to identify how the immune system responds to SARS-CoV-2 by examining different elements of the immune response, including antibodies and T cells that attack the virus, as well as immune memory B and T cells responsible for long-term protection from the virus.
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Can COVID-19 and maternal antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 be transmitted through human milk?

Deborah O’Connor and Sharon Unger, Sinai Health System / University of Toronto

This study aims to determine the SARS-CoV-2 transmissibility in human milk, measure associated antibodies, and examine the impact of thermal pasteurization on SARS-CoV-2 infectivity.
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Towards a better understanding of immunity to SARS-CoV-2

Tania Watts and Mario Ostrowski, University of Toronto

The study aims to understand the immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and how these responses might explain a good or a bad outcome. This information will be important for designing vaccines, monitoring individuals for the correct immune responses, and evaluating how people who have had COVID-19 will respond to vaccines.
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Addressing gaps in our understanding of the mucosal immune response to SARS-CoV-2: Implications for transmission

Jennifer Gommerman, University of Toronto

This lab has detected antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva of COVID-19 patients. They are taking a combined approach, using an animal model and following participants for a year, to produce new information on the mucosal immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and whether it can contribute to the reduction in spread of the virus.
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Optimization of Immunological Testing Studies

Rational design and standardization of COVID-19 antibody tests

Andrei Drabovich, University of Alberta

The study targets the research area of sero-surveillance testing for COVID-19 infection, with the goal of improving serology testing through the rational design and standardization of assays.
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A rapid testing device for SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies

Dustin Little, Ryerson University

This project’s goal is to develop a fast and cost-effective method to detect neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) for SARS-CoV-2, with reduced biosafety requirements for immediate distribution.
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When antibodies don’t protect you against a virus

Ryan Troyer, University of Western Ontario

The goal of this study is to develop a test that can screen human serum to detect antibodies that enhance SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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