St. Michael’s researchers receive more than $4-million in federal funding...

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

St. Michael’s researchers receive more than $4-million in federal funding to better understand the impact of COVID-19


Original author: Christy Janssens

Published: June 25, 2020

Source: St. Michael's Hospital


The federal government is awarding more than $4 million to four research projects from St. Michael’s Hospital exploring questions related to COVID-19.


The funding, announced Thursday, is part of a $109M investment over one year for COVID-19 research. This will support 139 research teams across Canada and will focus on accelerating the development, testing, and implementation of measures to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its negative consequences on people, communities, and health systems.


These projects will explore why COVID-19 unfolded differently across Canadian provinces, how a short course of medication might help people recently exposed to COVID-19, what data can tell us about how to organize hospital services to produce better outcomes for COVID-19 patients, and how services might be adjusted to prevent drug overdoses during the pandemic.


The Government of Canada is providing the funding through CIHR and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in partnership with Alberta Innovates (AI), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Research Manitoba (RM), Research Nova Scotia (RNS), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).


Here is a closer look at the GEMINI research program, one of the four research projects at St. Michael’s to receive funding.


How can hospitals best organize themselves to tackle COVID-19?


Hospitals needed to reorganize their systems during the pandemic to conserve resources such as PPE and ventilators. In this study, Dr. Amol Verma and Dr. Fahad Razak, both Scientists at the LKSKI, will use hospital data collected during the pandemic to understand how to better organize hospital care to produce the best possible outcomes for patients with COVID-19. The research will also inform how to maintain quality care for non-COVID patients during the pandemic.


Dr. Amol Verma and Dr. Fahad Razak

This research will be informed by data collected across seven hospitals in Ontario, with a plan to exten