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  • Jean, François, 

    PhD

    Lead, Pillar 10, Antiviral Strategies and Antiviral Therapeutics, CoVaRR-Net

    Associate Professor of Virology, University of British Columbia
    Founder of UBC’s Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research (FINDER)

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Vaccines and treatments. Antiviral strategies & antiviral therapeutics.

  • Michelle Johnson-Jennings

    Johnson-Jennings, Michelle, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 7, Indigenous Engagement, Development, and Research, CoVaRR-Net

    Adjunct Faculty, University of Saskatchewan
    Professor, University of Washington

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Indigeneity. Effects of the pandemic on First Nations. Public and social policies.

  • Jason Kindrachuk

    Kindrachuk, Jason, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 2, Host-Pathogen Interactions, CoVaRR-Net

    Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis of Emerging and Re-Emerging Viruses
    Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Virus replication, evolution, transmission. Infection detection and tracing. Vaccines. Animal reservoirs and viral spread between animals and humans.

  • Marc-André Langlois

    Langlois, Marc-André, 

    PhD

    Executive Director, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, University of Ottawa

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Virus replication, evolution, transmission, and severity. Measuring immune response to infection. Infection detection and tracing. Vaccines. Overall network operations. Canada's overall pandemic response.

  • Denis Leclerc

    Leclerc, Denis, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 3, Virology, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, Université Laval

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Virus replication, evolution, transmission, and severity. Measuring immune response to infection and vaccines. Infection detection and tracing. Vaccine development.

  • Doug Manuel

    Manuel, Doug, 

    MD, FRCPC, MSc

    Deputy, Pillar 8, Public Health, Health Systems & Social Policy Impacts
    Director, Wastewater Surveillance Group, CoVaRR-Net

    Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
    Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Disease epidemiology. Wastewater analysis. COVID-19 disease (clinician).

  • Morris, Andrew, 

    MD, SM (Epi), FRCPC

    Deputy, Pillar 8, Public Health, Health Systems & Social Policy Impacts, CoVaRR-Net

    Medical Director, Sinai Health-University Health Network's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
    Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    COVID-19 disease (clinician). How to manage the progression of COVID-19 disease. Disease epidemiology.

  • Mubareka, Samira, 

    MD

    Deputy, Pillar 2, Host-Pathogen Interactions, CoVaRR-Net

    Clinician scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Virus replication, evolution, transmission, and severity. Measuring immune response to infection and vaccines. Infection detection and tracing. Animal models to study disease development. COVID-19 disease state and affect on organs (clinician).

  • Nazeem Muhajarine

    Muhajarine, Nazeem, 

    PhD

    Co-Lead, Pillar 8, Public Health, Health Systems & Social Policy Impacts
    Member, Wastewater Surveillance Group, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, University of Saskatchewan

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Epidemiology. Public health measures. Effects of infection and disease on health and social support systems. Maternal and child health. Marginalized and racilaized communities.

  • Neudorf, Cory, 

    MD

    Co-Lead, Pillar 8, Public Health, Health Systems & Social Policy Impacts, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, University of Saskatchewan

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Public Health and disease prevention (clinician). Effects of infection and disease on health and social support systems. Marginalized and racialized communities.

  • Sarah (Sally) Otto

    Otto, Sarah (Sally), 

    PhD

    Co-Lead, Pillar 6, Computational Biology and Modelling, CoVaRR-Net

    Killam University Professor and Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    How viruses evolve and variants are formed. How viral evolution can impact individuals or populations, including health systems. Modelling disease spread and projections. Vaccines and immunity. Research methods used by the network. Equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Ciriaco Piccirillo

    Piccirillo, Ciriaco, 

    PhD

    Co-Lead, Pillar 1, Immunology & Vaccine Protection, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor and Graduate Program Director, McGill University
    Senior Scientist, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Vaccines and immunity (particularly memory cells). Disease severity. Immunocompromised people.

To arrange an interview with any of these researchers, please contact:
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