Institute for Pandemics Interdisciplinary Symposium

Institute for Pandemics Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Institute for Pandemics (IfP) is pleased to present its 2024 Interdisciplinary Symposium, on April 18th at the historic Great Hall of Hart House on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. This year’s theme is “Reimagining Response & Preparedness...
Experts gather at EPIC symposium to discuss how to bolster support for infectious disease research and pandemic preparedness

Experts gather at EPIC symposium to discuss how to bolster support for infectious disease research and pandemic preparedness

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.

Multipronged approaches to pandemic prevention

Multipronged approaches to pandemic prevention

The Molecular Medicine Seminar Series at the Hospital for Sick Children will be hosting Matthew Miller, director of the M.G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University. He is also an associate professor of biochemistry and biomedical...
This AI will help us get ahead of the next pandemic

This AI will help us get ahead of the next pandemic

It seems appropriate that the Toronto offices for Kamran Khan’s BlueDot, which uses artificial intelligence to flag potential infectious disease outbreaks around the world, are located at the edge of Lake Ontario. Similar to a lighthouse, BlueDot signals when there’s danger ahead. BlueDot’s intelligence platform combines a computer’s ability to understand human language, known as natural language understanding (NLU), and machine learning, a form of AI that imitates humans’ ability to learn and gradually become more accurate. The platform sorts through massive volumes of online information— ranging from news reports, social media sites, government websites, and more — from around the globe, in over 130 languages, every 15 minutes of every day.