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:
Featured COVID-19 research projects
Virtual COVID-19 events, meetings and webinars
Hopes and Challenges for the Coronavirus Vaccine
This Anatomy of a Pandemic digital forum brings together a panel of experts from across the continent to discuss the hopes, the nature and significant challenges associated with the distribution, application and acceptance of the new vaccines.
Virtual Reverse Trade Show: Rapid Solutions for COVID-19 in Continuing Care
COVID-19 has hit continuing care facilities hard. A (virtual) Reverse Trade Show on July 7 identified rapid technical solutions to help prepare continuing care for the next wave and future outbreaks.
COVID-19 data sources
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.
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.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant : Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities Funding Opportunity
LOI deadline: April 15
Application deadline: March 15
Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness Funding opportunities
Elrha Research to Support COVID-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings (Urgent Funding Call)
Mercatus Center Emergent Ventures Fund (COVID-19 Fast Track)
O’Brien Institute catalyst funding
Alberta COVID-19 Rapid Response Program
COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
CanCOVID, a transdisciplinary network of researchers, is seeking five Theme Leaders
The World Health Organization (WHO) proposal for a Global Allocation Framework for COVID-19 products: Global solidarity requires addressing the structural drivers of inequities
Read the response to Invitation for Feedback here.
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.
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.
Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) COVID-19 Experiences and Impact Survey
Take the survey here.
Government of Canada invests $27M in coronavirus research
Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research project details
Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity Results
NSERC has announced that all active Discovery Grants can elect to receive a one-year extension with funds at their current funding level.
COVID-19 Research Collaboration: Resources for UCalgary researchers and research staff to connect
Fostering a Community of Practice of Public Health researchers during the COVID-10 pandemic (networking sessions)
COVID-19 Response: Guidance for UCalgary Researchers
Centre for Health Informatics (CHI): Advancing Health Informatics Research and Training for Precision Health
Updates of CIHR programs, including information on decisions regarding the cancellation of the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition and other announcements
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
The Health and Behavioural Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth: Results from the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1 - View the Stats Can survey results here.
Attitudes, current behaviours and barriers to public health measures that reduce COVID-19 transmission: A qualitative study to inform public health messaging here.