A panel of experts called for sustained funding investments, stronger ready-to-use infrastructure and improved communications to help Canada break the cycle of panic and neglect around infectious diseases. These themes emerged from a discussion at the first annual Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium symposium held in mid-October. The panelists included Leah Cowen, vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives at the University of Toronto, Marisa Creatore, executive director of the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and U of T President Emeritus David Naylor.
How is climate change shifting and accelerating the spread of infectious diseases around the world? What are some of the impacts on societies, economics, and human and ecological health? These were some of the topics that we wanted to address through the public speaker series we cohosted earlier this year with Climate Positive Energy and the Institute for Pandemics, two other Institutional Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto.
Some of the trainee speakers at the 2023 Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Research Day. (Back row: l-r) James Pollock, Cynthia Guo (Middle row: l-r) Krithika Muthuraman, Derek Tsang, Jonathon Kotwa, Priyal Shah, Natalie Au, Purav Guptal (Front row) Emma Lash June...
On November 23, the University of Toronto’s Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC) partnered with diagnostics industry leader bioMérieux Canada to jointly host a research symposium on Canadian perspectives on antimicrobial resistance: where we are now and looking ahead.
EPIC co-hosts roundtable with Lorne Tyrrell on the future of infectious diseases research and innovation in Canada
On Nov. 16, EPIC co-hosted a breakfast roundtable honouring Lorne Tyrrell, winner of the 2021 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. The roundtable discussion focused on the future of infectious diseases research and innovation in Canada and what lessons could be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic as we move forward.
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