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Medical Research Stories

Medical Research Stories

Read stories about initiatives in medical education taking place at Canada’s 17 Faculties of Medicine.

  • Biochemist Joanne Lemieux
    Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus could hold key to COVID-19: U of A researchers

    University of Alberta researchers are racing against the clock to test an antiviral drug that has been proven to cure a cat coronavirus and is hoped to have the same effect on people with COVID-19.

  • Dr. Douglas Fraser
    Study to examine inflammatory response in patients with COVID-19

    Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University have launched a new study to help us better understand how the body’s immune system responds to COVID-19.

  • Image or laboratory technician
    USask unites: Virologist searches for solutions amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Canada needs its own vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

    As a virologist working from morning to night alongside other scientists at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), no one knows this more than Dr. Alyson Kelvin (PhD).

  • hand gloved holding specimen tube
    FRQ to create a province-wide COVID-19 Biobank

    On March 27, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and Genome Québec announced the launch of the Québec COVID-19 Biobank, a Province-wide initiative to enable the collection, storage and sharing of samples and data related to the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • world map with covid spread
    Analyser l'impact mondial de la COVID-19 grâce à l’intelligence artificielle

    Des chercheurs tentent de concevoir un système pour orienter les mesures de santé publique afin de contenir la propagation des maladies infectieuses telles que la COVID-19.

    [Available in French only]

  • Photo of Nishan Sharma
    UCalgary researchers inform City’s COVID-19 pandemic response

    It’s been 71 days since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Canada, and as cases continue to climb, now into the thousands, scientists are racing to produce information needed to slow the spread.

  •  François Lellouche
    Coronavirus : une bouffée d’oxygène pour les patients

    Un dispositif conçu par un professeur de la Faculté de médecine pourrait diminuer le risque de transmission du virus chez les professionnels de la santé

    [available in French only]

  • VIDO-InterVac researchers are working on prototype vaccines
    Saskatchewan government invests $3.6M in USask COVID-19 vaccine research

    The Government of Saskatchewan has announced $3.6 million in new funding for the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the world’s most advanced infectious disease labs and a leader in global efforts to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • COVID-19 virus
    Flattening the Curve: UM researchers launch province’s first clinical trial to combat COVID-19

    Manitoba’s first clinical trial to test whether a malaria drug can prevent people from contracting COVID-19 is being led by a team at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and today it begins recruiting volunteers to participate in the study.

  • Image of a person wearing a hoodie looking out a window.
    COVID-19 : quand comprendre le message égale contrôler la peur

    Mépris, blâme, désinformation : guidées par la peur, les réactions des gens à la pandémie de COVID-19 empirent parfois une situation déjà complexe. Pourquoi réagir ainsi? 

    [available in French only]