Opinion: In times like these it’s essential to keep our teams of research scientists and engineers engaged and supported. We all hope for a COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives and allow for a full economic and social recovery. Even in this welcome scenario, the economic reactivation and return to community life will be challenging. Canada most likely needs to…
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From life-saving cancer treatments to clean technologies that protect our environment, thousands of research staff in Canada are driving discoveries and innovations that support our well-being and our economy. When we need them the most, many members of Canada’s academic research community have been forced to temporarily suspend their work due to COVID-19. To ensure they can keep their jobs,…
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The novel coronavirus was engineered in a lab using HIV. Stem cells are a potent weapon against the new pandemic. People with blood type A are more susceptible to COVID-19. None of these “discoveries” have been proven. But all have been widely disseminated. They’re examples of what many scientists are beginning to fear is an erosion of traditional safeguards against…
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Following an announcement in Ottawa by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Genome Canada launched today the Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGeN), a newly formed initiative backed by $40 million in federal funding. Led by Genome Canada, in partnership with the six regional Genome Centres, national and provincial public health labs, genome sequencing centres through CGEn, hospitals, universities and the private sector, CanCOGeN will…
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Most universities look like ghost towns at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the technicians, students and scientists who work with research animals are keeping busy. This complex part of the scientific enterprise cannot simply be powered down temporarily like any other piece of campus infrastructure. According to the most recent report from the Canadian Council on Animal Care, in…
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New information on COVID-19 emerges every day. Researchers and scientists in Canada and around the world are working hard to better understand the virus, and its impacts on people and communities. By keeping pace with this information, we can better protect the health of Canadians and set our country on the path to recovery. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today…
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The reaction of governments to the coronavirus pandemic perfectly illustrates the importance of maintaining strong links between the scientific and political communities. Federal and provincial political leaders in Canada are working closely with scientific experts to slow the spread of the infection, combat misinformation and respond quickly and effectively. Sadly, we have also seen in some cases the harm that…
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The Digital Technology Supercluster (the “Supercluster”) is supporting Canadians in the fight against COVID-19. The Supercluster is investing $60 million to deliver solutions to some of the biggest health and safety problems created by COVID-19. Four weeks ago, the Supercluster invited its network of over 500 organizations to submit ideas and proposals to address COVID-19 issues. Canadian companies responded, with…
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In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, Mitacs is offering a one-time call for proposals to support postdoctoral fellows in helping Canada fight COVID-19 and support future economic recovery. A national not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada, Mitacs helps solve business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. The new funding for postdoctoral fellows is available for…
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Genome Canada today launched another rapid response funding opportunity to invest in research with real potential to address near-term challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding opportunity is a response to the urgent need for further research on COVID-19 and represents a total Genome Canada investment of $1.5 million. Delivered together with Canada’s six regional Genome Centres, the fund aims to support…
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