COVID-19 Research Showcase: Lessons learned and future directions

COVID-19 Research Showcase: Lessons learned and future directions

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. - noon, MDT
Place: Online via Zoom

COVID-19 Research Showcase: Lessons learned and future directions

Canada is at another turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health restrictions are being lifted across the country and Canadians are preparing for what the next phase of the pandemic may bring.

The pandemic exposed deep, long-standing vulnerabilities in society, highlighted gaps in contagious disease monitoring and has implications for linking research to action with the best available evidence. It has also presented an opportunity for public health institutions to reflect on the most effective ways to contribute during times of emergency. 

On May 26, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health will host top public health experts from Calgary and across Canada to discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to prepare for the next public health crisis.

Panel discussion topics

The showcase will present the latest research and convene discussion on the following topics:

Policy and practice implications of research 
How can scholars impact meaningful public health policy?

Speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Sofia Ahmed, MD; Gender and the health care workforce
  • Dr. Pamela Roach, PhD; Virtual Care and Indigenous Health
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Boucher, PhD; Social media impact
  • Dr. Stephana Julia Moss, PhD, Social-cultural implications of COVID-19
  • Panel #1 Moderator: Dr. Katrina Milaney, PhD

Preparing for future pandemics and contagious outbreaks
Surveillance and evidence-informed responses

Speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Gabriel Fabreau, MD; New Canadians
  • Dr. Michael Parkins, MD; Wastewater surveillance
  • Dr. Stephen Freedman, MD: Pediatric emergency care
  • Drs. Suzanne Tough, PhD/Sheila McDonald, PhD; Families in COVID
  • Panel #2 Moderator: Danielle Southern, MSc

The Dr. Watanabe Lectureship Panel

The future of public health research
What’s next for researchers and institutes?

Featuring special guests:

  • Dr. David Naylor, MD, physician, medical researcher and past Dean of Medicine and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto
  • Carly Weeks, health reporter, Globe and Mail
  • Dr. Charu Kaushic, PhD, Scientific Director, CIHR-Institute of Infection and Immunity and Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Panel #3 Moderator: Dr. Tito Daodu, MD

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