Researchers across Canada are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and many are harnessing the power of Canada’s advanced research computing (ARC) platforms to do so. ARC accelerates the speed to discovery and helps researchers accomplish globally competitive, data-driven, transformative research.
Research like that of Dionne Aleman, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, who is building a pandemic model to show which actions are likely to slow the spread and by how much. A team of biochemistry specialists at the Université de Montréal and Université de Laval are working to develop a rapid test that would identify the disease in minutes, rather than the current time it takes, which is hours. Five research teams at the University of British Columbia are receiving $2.3 million from the federal government to continue their work on detecting, neutralizing and reducing COVID-19’s transmission while researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute are recruiting 6,000 Canadians with COVID-19 to test the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine’s ability to reduce the risk of lung-related complications of COVID-19.
Clearly, there’s plenty going on in the research world to combat COVID-19. To mark the important research being undertaken in the country’s esteemed academic institutions, the Compute Canada Federation will host on this page a repository of stories on how Canadian researchers are working to create solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrate their efforts. If you know of anyone whose work we should feature, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Here’s how our researchers and innovators are working to fight COVID-19:
- Clearinghouse of computer models ready to play a key role in fight against Coronavirus
- FRQ to create a province-wide COVID-19 Biobank
- In a coronavirus crisis, Gairdner Awards honour eight explorers of how cells, genes and viruses work
- Manitoba researchers say they may have found a way to safely reuse N95 masks amid COVID-19 crisis
- $2.3M given to 5 B.C. groups for novel coronavirus research
- U of T at the forefront of COVID-19 research
- Nobel laureate leads push for simple made-in-Canada ventilator
- Group of University of Alberta scientists steps up with hand sanitizer
- Researchers eye a quick, functional screening test for COVID-19
- Ontario Tech researcher exploring parent-child conversations about COVID-19: Forensic Psychology expert launches pandemic-related research study
- Lack of data makes coronavirus curve hard to predict, B.C. researcher says
- Quebec researchers test potential COVID-19 treatment
- ‘Early and bold interventions are best’: U of T researcher on simulating a pandemic response
- UWindsor Researchers Team with Local Manufacturer on Hand Sanitizer Project
- R package that gives researchers access to latest COVID-19 data reported by international health organizations to perform analyses and visualizations
- Canada’s chief science officer and leading science advisors have launched a portal to allow Canadian researchers to collaborate via Slack on COVID19 projects
- Element AI Offers Free Platform to Assist COVID-19 Response Efforts
- A tool to detect COVID-19 developed at the Université de Moncton
- From research to front-line care: U of T and hospital partners work to address global COVID-19 pandemic
- A team of Canadian physicists, led by Queen’s Nobel Laureate Art McDonald, is part of an international effort to design a ventilator to help in the treatment of COVID-19
- McGill researcher awarded HFSP 2020 grant worth $1M USD
- Scientist develops interactive tool for mapping COVID-19 spread
- Researchers to track babies born during pandemic for brain development
- Mitacs steps up to help SMEs working on COVID-19 solutions; StatCan partners on ambitious business conditions survey
Canada’s national advanced research computing (ARC) platform is delivered through the Compute Canada Federation (CCF), which is a partnership of Compute Canada, regional organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET) and institutions across Canada. Together, we provide computing infrastructure and expertise to a wide variety of academic disciplines from virology to astrophysics to literary analysis.