“There is hope for this horrible outbreak”
– Dr. Josef Penninger, Director, UBC Life Sciences Institute
In the face of a global crisis, UBC finds itself in a position of great strength to address issues arising from the pandemic through groundbreaking research. UBC researchers are prepared to find solutions to the multifaceted issues caused by COVID-19—just like they did in 2003, when UBC led on the development of a vaccine for SARS. Many UBC researchers—from medical geographers to epidemiologists to economists and microbiologists—have already launched studies focused on accelerating the development, testing and implementation of measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
In support of these efforts, UBC has created 2 funds that will allow for quick identification and investment in high-impact research that will save lives and help our society recover.
- Supporting direct treatment today, through drug research, personnel, equipment, facilities
- Investing in infrastructure to support critical work, such as biobanks, ethics reviews, and more
- Accelerating medical research to develop and test a vaccine as soon as possible
- Assessment of strategies and treatments to inform future outbreaks and ongoing public health
- Contributing to new guidelines and protocols to improve future responses for pandemics or other crises
- Addressing the full scope of the pandemic’s broad societal and human impact, including mental health initiatives, economic recovery approaches, environmental research, housing and public policy, and much more
- Providing the data expertise, modeling, online applications, communications support, and more to mitigate negative effects as the crisis continues to unfold