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Research at the ready during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic underlined the important role Canadian labs play in helping researchers tackle global crises as they arise

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Nova Scotia
Safe facilities will help deliver effective COVID-19 vaccines in eastern Canada
Upgrading two Halifax-area facilities with higher safety measures means researchers in Halifax can develop and test COVID-19 vaccines
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Québec
Taking the fear out of touch with antiviral inks
Montreal researchers aim to develop inks with anti-pathogenic nanoparticles to make printed surfaces safer
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British Columbia
Virtual reality offers students mental health support
Researchers at the College of New Caledonia study how virtual reality can help students build resilience and learn coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety
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Ontario
Testing sewage to see community infection levels
Researchers at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research test wastewater as a way of screening whole communities for SARS-CoV-2 and potentially a gamut of other viruses
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Saskatchewan
People with disabilities find connection through art
How a lab at the University of Regina combines fine arts and social sciences research to help people with disabilities to express themselves through art
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Alberta
Is COVID-19 a vascular disease?
There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 affects blood vessels. If proven, it could change the way we approach treatment. A University of Calgary research team will use specialized microscopes to test the theory
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Ontario
Booming business in bone broth
A burgeoning new food company all started with a desire to get healthier and a little help from food scientists at Niagara College
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Nova Scotia
Understanding the challenges in how we care for our elderly
As COVID-19 magnifies problems in Canada’s long-term care centres, researchers at Mount Saint Vincent University are informing policies to make improvements
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Québec
Adapting to changing consumer behaviours
Using a mock retail environment to predict the impact of the pandemic on buying behaviour and the future of consumption
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British Columbia
Diagnosing COVID-19 instantly with artificial intelligence
A Vancouver company’s handheld ultrasound devices are becoming an indispensable tool for quick diagnosis of COVID-19 in remote areas
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Ontario
Education’s next act
A researcher in e-learning and expert in digital literacy is on the front lines for a school system struggling to transition to a new way of teaching.
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Manitoba
Repairing the roads
There’s booming demand for a Manitoba company’s product that transforms unpaved roads into smooth, durable surfaces