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.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Trusted sources of COVID-19 information include:

Alberta Health Services

Alberta vaccine rollout

Canada public health agency

World Health Organization

Featured COVID-19 research projects

Anatomy, Determinants, Impacts of Meat Processing Plants' COVID-19 Outbreaks

Researchers investigate how the outbreak spread, why it spread, what was the response. 

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National survey highlights broad impact of pandemic on overall health and well-being

Majority of Canadians take COVID-19 seriously, follow guidelines.

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Connecting remote communities with COVID-19 test kits using drones

Researchers investigate drone delivery of medical supplies to remote communities during pandemic. 

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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.

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Caring for vulnerable populations in a time of crisis

Watch the Caring for Vulnerable populations in a time of crisis webinar series, presented by Street CCRED and Westside Harm Reduction.  

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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.

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Watch the Anatomy of a Pandemic series

A COVID-19 digital forum series presented by the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.

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COVID-19 data sources

Canadian data

Provincial breakdown of COVID-19 cases

Lastest COVID-19 news

UCalgary research suggests new risk factors for early identification of dementia

Ongoing studies show psychosis, hearing and gait disturbances, and medical frailty are markers of risk for dementia...

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Spinal oxygen sensors – SOS – critical sensors for when the body has low to no oxygen

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As the nature of the pandemic changes, so do conversations around vaccine hesitancy

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In the News: Calgary Herald

How Calgary's upper northeast achieved Canada's best COVID-19 vaccine rates

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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.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness Funding opportunities 
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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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COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
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Operating Grant : COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence
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Operating Grant : Understanding and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families in Canada
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New Frontiers in Research Fund – 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context
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Operating Grant : Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities July 2021
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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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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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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