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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding

The Government of Canada recently announced a $20 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support Long COVID Web, a post-COVID-19 condition research network. “The announcement of the Long COVID Web offers hope — and real solutions — to those living with post-COVID-19 conditions. The development of new clinical practice guidelines will help to support health care workers and people in Canada in preventing, managing, and recovering from post-COVID-19 conditions,\” says the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health. Long COVID Web will be led by Dr. Angela Cheung at the University of Toronto, who will be joined by several co-leads, including Dr. Jim Russell and Dr. Adeera Levin from St. Paul’s Hospital.

Dr. Russell is leading the Biomedical Core of the Long COVID Web aiming to evaluate models of long COVID and to discover diagnostic and other biomarkers of long COVID. Dr. Russell led a very productive COVID-19 research program — ARBs CORONA — for the past three years. In addition to investigating long COVID with a focus on discovering diagnostic tests for the risk of and severity of long COVID, he has also looked at how blood pressure medication could improve COVID patient outcomes, why there are sex differences in the risks and severity of acute and long COVID, how COVID pneumonia compares to community-acquired pneumonia, and how to address the severe cardiac implications of the virus, among others. St. Paul’s Foundation is proud to support Dr. Russell’s research through our COVID-19 Response Fund, with total funding in the range of $200,000.

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