Mosquito-transmitted diseases affect an estimated 347.8 million people annually and are responsible for nearly 450,000 deaths each year, making them one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Despite their devastating impact, research on the mosquito has lagged behind that of other model organisms, in part due to the lack of appropriate tools and resources. Kathryn Rozen-Gagnon is trying to change that. Read more about how she is integrating diverse fields to study the interplay between mosquito-borne viruses and their mosquito and human hosts.
Researchers from the University of Toronto and Nigerian Institute of Medical Research have received $3 million from the federal government to launch an international project that will help inform the clinical and public health response to local and global epidemic of mpox. The new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and International Development Research Centre builds on the collaborative projects and seed funding from the mpox rapid research response launched by EPIC earlier this year.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: How U of T researchers are tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
As the global health and research communities mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, members of the Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC) are making strides in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. L
The University of Toronto has received $35 million in critical research infrastructure funding from the federal government to revitalize the Toronto High Containment Facility (THCF), an investment that will support a planned $85-million transformation of the facility into the largest academic high-containment research centre in Canada. With significantly increased capacity for research and training, the revitalized Toronto High Containment Facility will be able to drive innovation, enhance pandemic preparedness and strengthen Ontario and Canada’s health security.
Study identifies new SARS-CoV-2 variant in white-tailed deer and first evidence of deer-to-human transmission
A team of researchers led by EPIC member Samira Mubareka has characterized a new, highly divergent variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Ontario white-tailed deer. They also found the first evidence of deer-to-human transmission.