3 UBC Department of Medicine members named CIHR Rapid Research Funding Recipients

In May 2020, The Government of Canada announced the launch of a new rapid research funding opportunity to continue to mobilize science to fight COVID-19.

The CIHR Rapid Research Funding Competition is intended to accelerate the availability of high-quality and real-time evidence to support Canada’s rapid response to the global pandemic in order to better prevent, detect, treat and manage COVID-19. Funding will support clinical trials, observational studies, implementation science or other relevant study designs to scale-up promising existing projects, reorient current research, or initiate new rapid response research to address COVID-19 in the identified research areas that include understanding the safety, efficacy, effectiveness, ethics, and implementation of:

  • vaccines, diagnostics, or therapeutics;
  • clinical management and health system interventions; and
  • social, policy, and public health responses and related indirect consequences.

Three UBC Department of Medicine members have had their projects funded:

Dr. Rodney Knight, Division of AIDS

Project: Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social and health outcomes among young people: A mixed-method comparative analysis in Canada and France



Dr. James Russell, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Project: Host response mediators in coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – is there a protective effect of ARBs on outcomes of coronavirus infection (ARBs CORONA II)



Dr. Teresa Tsang, Division of Cardiology

Project: Point of Care Heart-Lung Imaging for Patients Presenting with COVID-19 Symptoms: Artificial Intelligence Precision Modeling for Prediction of Outcomes




Join us in congratulating Drs. Knight, Russell, and Tsang on this wonderful achievement!