COVID-19 Research – Tackling Evidence Gaps


To continue to respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the world, additional research is needed. The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is providing $25.2M to support 52 research projects aimed to further improve our understanding of COVID-19 and tackle persistent evidence gaps linked to this disease.

Led by researchers from across the country, the new COVID-19 projects will focus on topics such as variants of the virus, vaccine development and uptake, testing, mental health, and the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is having specific impacts on women, racialized populations, and Métis, Inuit and First Nations Peoples. The findings will provide decision-makers with guidance to improve the health of our populations.

Project details

Researcher Research Institution Project Title Amount
Ian Pike B.C. Children's Hospital The unintended consequences of implementing stay-at-home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic: Violence outcomes in children and youth in Canada $267,750
Jeffrey Meyer Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Imaging Neuroinflammation In COVID-19 and Persistent Depression With/Without Other Neuropsychiatric Symptoms $761,175
Carolina Bottari Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal Brain Injury Pandemic Preparedness: Optimizing Community Strategies $218,025
Marie-Pierre Sylvestre Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal Coping strategies and mental health: quantitative and qualitative insight into the COVID-19 experience in young adults $457,422
Etienne Caron Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine Deciphering the immunopeptidomic landscape of COVID-19 disease $100,000
Alain Brunet CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal-Douglas Hospital Provision of services for trauma- and stressor-related (TSR) disorders during a pandemic: Investigating the Utility of Reconsolidation Therapy Delivered Online $240,975
Denys Khaperskyy Dalhousie University Molecular mechanisms of host shutoff by respiratory viruses and their contribution to viral pathogenesis $573,750
Maryline Vivion Institut national de santé publique du Québec Covid-19 et infodémie : pratiques informationnelles de groupes en situation de vulnérabilité à la COVID -19 au Québec en contexte de pandémie. $153,000
Peter Tanuseputro Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Investigating the Impact of Cannabis Retail Policies on Health Harms and Benefits $382,500
Jennifer Foster IWK Health Centre Restricted family presence in the PICU during the COVID-19 pandemic: Understanding impact, experience, and stakeholder priorities $332,775
Alan Barkun McGill University Health Centre Digestive endoscopy in the era of COVID19: An opportunity for optimizing timely equitable care during the pandemic and beyond $784,125
Andrea Brignardello-Petersen McMaster University Living network meta-analysis and rapid recommendations for the treatment of COVID-19 $1,365,525
Evelyne Durocher McMaster University Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Ontario long-term care and retirement home residents' health, well-being and function $115,000
Dionne Gesink Moyo Health and Community Services Sexual Health and STI Prevention For Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) In Suburban Cities $393,975
Camilla Zimmermann Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Palliative care at the end of life among patients with cancer before and during the COVID-19 pandemic $423,045
Maziar Divangahi Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Developing a novel vaccine against COVID-19 $569,925
Nitika Pai Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Evaluation of a digital, rapid self-sampling strategy for individuals with suspected COVID-19 infection in South Africa and India $378,675
Cecile Rousseau Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Social polarization and behavioral intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-site study of risk and protective factors in Canadian youth $240,975
Anne Harris Ryerson University Bicyclist and pedestrian crashes in Ontario: Detection and comparison of health outcomes between police-reported collisions and injury health care records $325,125
Linda Rothman Ryerson University The Effect of COVID-19 Policies on Road Traffic Injury Among Vulnerable Road Users in Canadian Cities $416,925
Kora Debeck Simon Fraser University Investigating the unique experiences and needs of youth and young adults who use drugs during the dual crises of overdose and COVID-19 $759,033
Robert Fowler Sunnybrook Research Institute The Canadian Severe Acute Respiratory Infection, Prospective, Perpetual Observational Study: Informing Clinical Care and the Public Health Response $455,175
Samira Mubareka Sunnybrook Research Institute SARS-CoV-2 genotype-dependent pathogenesis and transmission $100,000
Ann Burchell Unity Health Toronto Burden of COVID-19 among people living with HIV in Ontario $768,825
Tara Gomes Unity Health Toronto Understanding Opioid Use and Harms among First Nations People in Ontario: Integrating Administrative Data with Guidance from Communities $1,158,975
Patricia O'Campo Unity Health Toronto COVID-19 and Precarious Employment (COPE) $302,175
Marc Servant Université de Montréal Regulation of innate antiviral defenses through Interleukin-17 receptor D (IL-17RD) $757,350
Kim Lavoie Université du Québec à Montréal The association between COVID-19-related attitudes, concerns and behaviours in relation to public health policies: A behavioural science approach to optimising policy strategies to improve health, economic and quality of life outcomes (the iCARE Study). $638,775
Rinat Nissim University Health Network Quality of Death in Hospital and Bereavement Outcomes in the COVID-19 Era $294,525
Shokrollah Elahi University of Alberta Deciphering immune responses in COVID-19 patients to identify immune correlates of protection and susceptibility for targeted therapeutics $1,071,000
Carole Anne Estabrooks University of Alberta The impact of the COVID-l9 Pandemic on long term care home staff and residents $756,890
Vera Mazurak University of Alberta Feeding EPA and DHA Improve Clinical Symptoms Associated with COVID-19 Infection $344,250
Gavin Oudit University of Alberta Pathogenesis of COVID-19 mediated Cardiovascular Complications: Therapeutic Applications $875,925
Sangita Sharma University of Alberta Assessing attitudes, barriers, and opportunities for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (HPVV) to inform, develop, implement, and evaluate a culturally appropriate program for increasing utilization and addressing vaccination hesitancy in Arctic Canadian Indigenous communities $2,103,750
Peter Berman University of British Columbia Upstream determinants of effective COVID-19 response: tools development and  application through a case study in British Columbia $118,575
Eric Jan University of British Columbia Discovery of small molecules targeting SARS-CoV-2 frameshifting using a rapid yeast platform $445,230
Sarka Lisonkova University of British Columbia All-cause and cause-specific acute morbidity attributable to Covid-19 epidemic, severe Covid-19 symptoms, and adverse birth outcomes in Canada. $168,300
Honglin Luo University of British Columbia Repurposing an FDA-approved anti-gout drug for the treatment of COVID-19 $562,275
Joseph Puyat University of British Columbia Short and Long Term impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing of health workers in Pakistan $302,175
Tavis Campbell University of Calgary Developing and evaluating an online intervention to improve the uptake and maintenance of protective behaviours against COVID-19 among young adults in Canada $271,575
Adam Cheng University of Calgary Impact of Aerosol Box Use on Patterns of Healthcare Provider and Environmental Contamination during Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures: A Multicenter Study $248,625
Claudio Rigatto University of Manitoba A pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a CKD specific telemonitoring platform to minimize adverse outcomes in high risk CKD patients. $562,275
Roberta Woodgate University of Manitoba Making Visible the Life Stories of Families of Children who are Immunocompromised during COVID-19 $358,594
JianLi Wang University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research Predicting perceived and unmet mental health needs in the populations $137,700
Rébecca Robillard University of Ottawa How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the mental and physical health of Indigenous people in Canada: Taking stock of challenges, needs and factors of resilience in the context of a global crisis $168,300
Tarun Reddy Katapally University of Regina CO-Away: Implementation and Evaluation of Digital Health Solutions for Indigenous Self-Determination, Governance, and Data Sovereignty $554,434
Cynthia Jardine University of The Fraser Valley Mitigating the Effects of Epidemic/Pandemic Outbreaks on Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers and Farm Operations in British Columbia $348,075
Rudolf Ehrhardt University of Toronto Targeting the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 using an ancient antibody system $229,500
Rupert Kaul University of Toronto Defining the impact of pre-existing host immunity on SARS-CoV-2 incidence and COVID-19 clinical outcome $489,600
Mark Oremus University of Waterloo Social Isolation and Cognitive Function in Middle-aged and Older Adults: A Prospective Analysis of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging $195,075
S.M. Mansour Haeryfar University of Western Ontario Mobilizing the Antiviral Capacities of MAIT Cells to Combat COVID-19: From Fundamental Immunology to Vaccine Optimization and Immunotherapy $1,032,750
Fiona Webster University of Western Ontario Chronic pain, poverty, addiction and mental health in a time of pandemic $160,650

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