O'Brien Institute COVID-19 pandemic response

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization, is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus strain named SARS-CoV-2, for which there is currently no treatment or vaccination.

The COVID-19 outbreak was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), on March 11 2020.

Common symptoms of COVID-19, according to the WHO, include fever, tiredness, dry cough, while other symptoms may include: shortness of breath, aches and pains, sore throat, and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

The best ways to prevent infection or the spread of COVID-19 are spelled out here by the WHO.

Trusted sources of COVID-19 information include:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Virtual COVID-19 events, meetings and webinars

Animals & COVID-19

What are the risks of COVID-19 transmission to animals? How should you protect your pet and yourself from COVID-19? How does it move between species?Join One Health at UCalgary for a conversation about animals and COVID-19. 

When:  May 27, 7 to 8 p.m.

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How COVID-19 is impacting children's health and mental wellbeing

Find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting younger generations, and learn strategies to support kids and youth during this crisis during an Anatomy of a Pandemic digital forum on May 28.

When:  May 28, noon to 1 p.m.

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Idea Exchange webinar: Public Health Lessons of COVID-19

Public health systems are adapting to the changing landscape of COVID-19 through research, treatment, planning and response. Join President McCauley and a panel of experts for a discussion on the public health lessons we have learned so far.

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WATCH: Anatomy of a Pandemic Digital Forums

O'Brien Institute members are exploring how COVID-19 is spreading in Alberta and comparing provincial data to data from elsewhere in the world. On March 27 they made the first public presentation of their research findings, which are being used to inform Calgary's response to the pandemic. 

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This public digital forum, which took place on April 20, 2020, explored the current status of COVID-19 with respect to its biology, its transmissibility, and the public health measures needed to flatten the curve. It also touched on the future, long-term consequences of this global pandemic on public health and health systems. 

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This digital forum that took place on April 30 provides a first-hand account of how the health care system is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic from physicians on the front-lines.

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Drs. Katrina Milaney, PhD, and Ronald D. Kneebone, PhD, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting vulnerable populations in Calgary during a May 6 digital forum. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has policy implications that will affect Canadians well into the future. Learn about changes to health care policy, and how this crisis is impacting youth with disabilities, at a digital forum on May 20. Featuring Drs. Jennifer Zwicker and Myles Leslie.

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COVID-19 data sources

Canadian data

Provincial breakdown of COVID-19 cases

Latest COVID-19 research news

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives in every continent but Antarctica, stalled the world’s economy and created a global sense of fear, more than a dozen O’Brien Institute researchers are mobilizing their scientific expertise, teams and efforts, and have joined international efforts to tackle this unprecedented global emergency. They’re refocusing their work to conduct critical research that will inform further interventions, better equip society for the social challenges compounding the effects of this pandemic, and helping to better understand the nature and extent of this disease.

Continuing care and COVID-19: a Canadian tragedy that must not be allowed to happen again.

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Women make up over half of COVID-19 deaths in Canada, counter to trends in most of world.

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Relaunch success may depend on how we answer these five questions.

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Funding and research resources

 *IMPORTANT: Given the rapidly approaching deadlines ALL interested UCalgary applicants are asked to contact Clint Westgard. The Grant Development Office will work with applicants to ensure they complete all necessary tasks and meet both the CIHR deadlines and internal deadlines.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) opportunities

*The June and September SSHRC PEGs will also include a special $1.5M funding stream for COVID-19 research.

June 2020 Partnership Engage Grants
Application deadline: June 11, 2020
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September 2020 Partnership Engage Grants
Application deadline: Sept. 11, 2020
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Other funding opportunities

2020 Fast Grants from Emergent Ventures
Researchers can apply for $10k to $500k fast grants for COVID-19 related projects 
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Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness Funding opportunities 
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Elrha Research to Support COVID-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings (Urgent Funding Call)
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Mercatus Center Emergent Ventures Fund (COVID-19 Fast Track)
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O’Brien Institute catalyst funding
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Alberta COVID-19 Rapid Response Program 
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COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) COVID-19 grants
Application deadline: June 1, 2020
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  • NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Information session. Schulich School of Engineering Research Advisor, Kakali Majumdar, will present an overview of the application process followed by an opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be on May 1 at 10:30 am via Zoom. Register here.  

MIT SOLVE Health Security & Pandemics Challenge
Application deadline: June 18, 2020

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RTI’s COVID-19 U.S. Survey Results Webinar Series

Webinar 4: Vaccination, May 27, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Call for papers related to the COVID-19 pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH) is currently soliciting original articles, reviews and correspondence related to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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iCare Study (survey 2)
Take the International assessment of COVID-19 related attitudes, concerns, responses and impacts in relation to public health policies survey here.

Government of Canada invests $27M in coronavirus research
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Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research project details
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Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity Results
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Other funding updates from CIHR heresummary FAQ sheet derived from discussions at a recent CIHR University Delegates meeting here

NSERC has announced that all active Discovery Grants can elect to receive a one-year extension with funds at their current funding level. 
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COVID-19 Research Collaboration: Resources for UCalgary researchers and research staff to connect
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Fostering a Community of Practice of Public Health researchers during the COVID-10 pandemic (networking sessions)
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COVID-19 Response: Guidance for UCalgary Researchers
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Centre for Health Informatics (CHI): Advancing Health Informatics Research and Training for Precision Health
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Updates of CIHR programs, including information on decisions regarding the cancellation of the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition and other announcements 
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Read the FAQ sheet that was derived from discussions at a recent CIHR University Delegates meeting here

CanCOVID: An expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country
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University of Calgary COVID-19 slack workspace for researchers here, sign-up first here
Featuring an O'Brien Institute slack channel: #oiph_public_health_research