First Responders: How U of T researchers mobilized against COVID-19

The University of Toronto is a leader in research that is addressing the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 110 federally-funded research teams at U of T and its affiliated hospitals focused on stopping the virus.

A new report on the University’s contribution to defeating the COVID-19 virus highlights the mobilization of U of T scientists in response to the pandemic. Demonstrating Resilience in a Pandemic: Scientists as First Responders, shows the range of research and collaboration at the University. Diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccine research is occurring alongside the development of policy solutions that will address societal inequities revealed by the pandemic.

Here are five key points detailed in the report.

Scientists’ ability to rapidly confront the crisis is evidence of the positive impact of prior re-investments in the country’s research talent and ecosystem, the report says. Earlier support for artificial intelligence through the Pan Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy and renewed investment in the Tri-Agency built capacity for a science-based response to the pandemic.

“Researchers at U of T are working tirelessly to address the multiple impacts of the pandemic and help governments make evidence-based decisions,” said Andrew Thomson, Chief of Government Relations at U of T. “Their contribution is the foundation of a strong recovery.”

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