Alberta Innovates partners with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to commit $4.2 million to Alberta researchers
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, March 26, 2020…. Alberta Innovates is announcing a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to jointly fund eight projects at Alberta Universities to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta Innovates will contribute $846 thousand towards a total of over $4.2 million that will go to eight research teams at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. In total, CIHR and research partner agencies have announced $52.6 million in funding that will be dispersed to 96 research projects around Canada. These projects will examine measures to rapidly detect, manage, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Projects range from mapping and countering misinformation about COVID-19 to mitigation strategies to combat public transmission of airborne COVID-19 in high occupancy structures. The research projects will run for the next two years.
“Alberta Innovates is pleased to partner with CIHR. We know that through collaboration, we are stronger and can achieve more. This investment addresses the unmet medical needs that COVID-19 has presented. We look forward to the results of these projects will make in fighting this world-wide pandemic.”
Tim Murphy, Vice President of Health, Alberta Innovates
“The outbreak of COVID-19 evolves quickly, and protecting the health of Canadians is our priority. The additional teams of researchers receiving funding today will help Canada quickly generate the evidence we need to contribute to the global understanding of the COVID-19 illness. Their essential work will contribute to the development of effective vaccines, diagnostics, treatments, and public health responses.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
CIHR announced two waves of funding in March 2020.
- The first announcement: Government of Canada invests $27M in coronavirus research occurred on March 6, 2020
- The second announcement: Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research projects occurred on March 19, 2020.
Research Projects jointly funded by Alberta Innovates and CIHR:
|Timothy Caulfield||University of Alberta||Coronavirus Outbreak: Mapping and Countering Misinformation||$381,708|
|Matthew Croxen||University of Alberta||Rapid RNA sequencing of coronavirus for public health surveillance and transmission||$788,040|
|Stephen Freedman||University of Calgary||Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Children Potentially Infected by SARS-CoV-2 Presenting to Pediatric Emergency Departments||$788,631|
|Michael Houghton||University of Alberta||Production of a recombinant S (spike) protein vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 and emerging coronaviruses||$750,000|
|Michael James||University of Alberta||Towards anti-COVID-19 therapeutic development by targeting the viral papain-like proteinase||$311,000|
|Michael Woodside||University of Alberta||Targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting as a therapeutic strategy against 2019-nCoV||$370,700|
|Shelby Yamamoto||University of Alberta||Assessing and addressing the psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 among pregnant women and health care providers in Anhui, China||$396,470|
|Lexuan Zhong||University of Alberta||Mitigation strategies against the public transmission of airborne COVID-19 in high occupancy structures: a program of research to develop optimized mechanical ventilation systems||$444,000|