uOBMRI Researchers Exploring the Impact of COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2021

From the impact of COVID-19 on mental health to exploring how the disease is spread, uOBMRI researchers are working hard to understand the impact of the pandemic. 

C19 Immunity Study led by Dr. Amy Hsu aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable and high risk populations: 

This study is led by Dr. Amy Hsu from the Bruyère Research Institute and Professor Marc-André Langlois at the University of Ottawa, and involves many researchers from universities across Canada.The goals of this study are to build a better understanding about how widespread COVID-19 is in our most vulnerable and high-risk populations, and to study the level and duration of protection of currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. From the impact of COVID-19 on mental health to exploring how the disease is spread, uOBMRI researchers are working hard to understand the impact of the pandemic. 

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Mind: 

Dr. Simon Hatcher is tapping into his wealth of mental health research as head of the Hatching Ideas Hub in a cohort study of Covid-19 test positive and negative patients to detect and provide early treatment for mental health disorders.  

Roger Zemek receives close to $1 million for COVID-19 Study: 

Roger Zemek have been funded twice for his study “Natural Evolution of Serum Antibodies in Children and Adults with SARS-CoV-2 and Household Contacts.” This study will advance the understanding of how antibodies develop in response to COVID-19 infection. Antibodies may be a key element of protection to COVID-19 and will provide insight into how the virus spreads within households. 

Dr. Alex Mackenzie is leading a multidisciplinary team to investigate if wastewater biomarkers can identify potential COVID-19 community activity 

The measurement of the virus, which is passed fecally, in wastewater represents a single-point metric potentially reflecting a given’s community disease activity. This approach may be particularly important given real supply chain issues limiting population-based COVID 19 screening. They have also discovered SARS-CoV-2 Protein in Wastewater Mirrors COVID-19 Prevalence, which could help local decision-makers schedule resources before test results show spikes. 

Canadian Medical Residents and the effect of COVID-19: Dr. Jennifer L. Phillips, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medicine, is examining the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadian medical residents.  

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