Thursday June 23, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Our 8th Research Results & Implications seminar will bring together CITF-affiliated experts to discuss how the Omicron variant changed the course of the pandemic by rapidly infecting hundreds of millions of healthy people around the globe, spurring the distribution of additional vaccine doses to boost immunity. What do we know and what’s next?

Our presenters will report on:

  1. The extent and nature of Omicron infection in Canada and around the globe;
  2. How Omicron evaded existing immunity to spread so widely;
  3. The notion of hybrid immunity, and how infection-acquired and vaccine-induced immunity can function together; and
  4. Those at greatest risk of COVID-19 and why.



Catherine Hankins, MD, PhD
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

David Buckeridge, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at McGill University; Scientific Lead, Data Management & Analysis, CITF.

Harriet Ware, MSc
Data Scientist, University of Toronto, on behalf of CITF-funded SeroTracker.

Ciriaco Piccirillo, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University, CITF-funded researcher.

Michael Grant, PhD
Professor of Immunology and Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, CITF-funded researcher.