Messages to SPPH Community Regarding COVID-19

The province of British Columbia is currently in Phase 3. UBC Safety & Risk Services has posted an updated FAQ on COVID-19 self assessment requirements. You can find that link here.

With remote working arrangements estimated to continue into the year, please note that campus mail will continue to be ‘on hold’.

Should you need to access important items being received, please contact campus mail directly to arrange for individual pickup:

EFFECTIVE: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors will be REQUIRED to wear non-medical masks when present in public indoor spaces on our campuses. The BC Vaccine Card will also take into effect for specified activities on campus  Useful FAQs related to UBC’s response to COVID-19 can be found here. Details regarding the policy on masks and their exceptions can be found here.

To protect the safety of those that remain on campus, these procedures that will be continued until further notice for those requiring access to our building. Please note it is extremely important to follow the enhanced security and preauthorized permission procedures in place

For all staff and students requesting building access before September 7, 2021 please obtain permission from your supervisor prior to requesting building access. We also request that you include your supervisor on the email request to SPPH Admin. Then, please submit your building access requests as instructed below 48 hours in advanced to allow timely processing. However, we will try our best to accommodate if your requests are submitted at least 24 hours in advanced.

    • For those of you submitting an ad-hoc access request:
      • Provide the below:
        1) Requested date & time
        2) Who is requesting access
        3) Room number that you will be accessing
      • Complete the Preventing COVID-19 Infection in the Workplace training, which can be found here
      • Email and with the above two items
      • Upon approval, you will also need to complete a self-assessment on the day when you go on-site plus provide the result to Shannon and the Executive Assistant
    • For those of you with approved access requests:
      • Please note there are currently building contractors and custodial staff on site that have been vetted by campus building operations, and have been granted access to the building
          • They have been instructed not to open doors or allow other means of entry for persons that have difficulty accessing the premises
      • Campus security is asking everyone on campus to please have their UBC ID on display or ready to show when accessing campus buildings
          • Please note they will not be granting access to anyone that has not been pre-vetted
          • If you are on site and have any concerns about unknown persons in the building, please contact Campus Security at 604-822-2222


  • Please note the following protocols to be followed while on the premises:
    • To have your UBC ID on you at all times
    • Campus security is asking everyone on campus to please have their UBC ID on display or ready to show when accessing campus buildings
    • Wear a non-medical/medical mask in common indoor spaces
    • To follow all physical distancing and hand-washing protocols
    • To watch for any directional signage when using elevators/stairs
    • To ensure all doors accessed are firmly closed/locked behind you when vacating an area/room — we’ve noted some doors are requiring servicing
    • To let us know if you encounter any other issues while on site
    • Should an alarm go off, please call (604) 822-2173 immediately


Below are the self-isolation protocols for any incoming Faculty members in our organization.


Our SPPH community has rallied in a way we can all be proud of!!

Sending a huge ‘shout-out’ to our fabulous staff, faculty and students whom have worked tirelessly to keep our organization running as smoothly as possible…As many of you are aware, there are discussions being had within UBC leadership on phasing of business resumption, and what that will mean for staff, faculty, students and our research labs. The province is currently in Phase 3. BC will enter subsequent phases as transmission rates stay low and continue to decline. The final phase will be reached at the time when there is wide vaccination, community immunity, or broad successful treatments for COVID-19. The provincial government is working with representatives from various sectors to develop the health and safety measures that will need to be in place before moving to the next phase. In parallel with these sector plans, UBC is developing an operational safety plan and approval process that Faculties and administrative units will be required to complete before any changes can be made to the remote work arrangements currently in place.

My message in early April touched on what this remote working has been like, and for many of us, the difficulties that arise as we try to be engaged in our busy work lives as well as fully ‘present’ for our families and friends. Please know you are not alone in this; I honestly can’t imagine anyone that hasn’t had to overcome struggles these past months. I really encourage all of you to find ways that help you smooth out your day and those of your colleagues, and hopefully soak up some rest in the ‘solo’ moments that you’re able to create along the way. For myself, I’m continuing to do my best to keep the Zoom mtgs to manageable levels, emailing during normal work hours/days, using my calendar to keep myself on track (and able to focus on tasks at hand), and carving out ‘me’ and ‘we’ time each day. All told, it’s been full days, but pretty fruitful ones — some funny moments in between, and lots of time to share in a way that honestly wouldn’t have happened otherwise. To keep you all in the loop, please find below just a few administrative updates and helpful reminders/tools:UBC/FOM is supporting those units whom require additional Zoom accounts for continued remote working arrangements.

Please contact our IT team/create an online ticket for your unit/Division requests.

We’ve summarized our administrative updates in the links provided below.

We have also incorporated a lot of resources and helpful links for you in the other tabs provided, and encourage you to visit those as well for the relevant updates.



Operational Updates

UBC Broadcasts were sent out, confirming the continuation of Remote Work Arrangements until further notice, with direction provided to public sector employers by the provincial government. As part of this direction, PSEC Secretariat has provided guidance regarding the principles that should be followed in making staffing decisions, as the situation regarding COVID-19 evolves.

For UBC campuses, many services are dependent on enrolment and on-campus activities, and with the expected budget challenges we've been asked to mitigate the effect on staffing and operations, including minimizing discretionary spending.

At this time, there have been no permanent financial/operational changes made, and we do not anticipate making any changes to our staffing levels.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in having a 2nd year biochemistry student volunteer with your group this summer, please contact Craig Mitton for further information.

Vacation Planning (reminder)
With the University's Remote Working Arrangements still in place, and as COVID-19 related travel restrictions and physical distancing protocols continue, supervisors may need to consider how best to manage vacation requests, and planning for your units.

  • Employees who are working from home may still take vacation, the purpose of which is to provide a break from work and the opportunity to rejuvenate
  • Particularly where faculty and staff are struggling to balance childcare and work obligations, vacation time should be a consideration
  • If operationally feasible, supervisors should consider allowing employees to cancel pre-scheduled vacation requests; please also consider the ability to manage significant vacation requests when normal operations resume
  • While vacation payouts are not permissible, the maximum vacation carry-over limits for those employee groups who have carry-over will be increased to up to 15 days with management approval and for the year 2020 only, to provide flexibility in managing vacation
  • Supervisors are encouraged to develop vacation plans for the balance of the year to determine operational feasibility of scheduling alternative vacation dates
  • *More information can be found on UBC HR's FAQ page for Managers/Supervisors

If you have questions about vacation entitlements, please contact the following:

For staff and students:


For faculty:

Hourly payroll
All units with anyone on hourly payroll that has decreased and/or hours of work eliminated during this period of working remotely is asked to please contact Christine Kerr, HR Assistant, or Taryn Lowther, for further guidance

COVID–19 — Action required: New minimum cybersecurity controls for accessing UBC systems and information

As UBC continues to navigate its response to COVID–19, we are seeing a significant increase in the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks specifically targeting universities and healthcare research facilities.

• To help protect our systems and information, the UBC Executive has mandated that increased cybersecurity controls must be implemented on servers and computers that are accessing, processing or storing Medium Risk, High Risk, or Very High-Risk information

◦ Devices that require physical access on campus:

▪ It is neither necessary nor recommended to deploy the new minimum cybersecurity controls at this time

▪ these devices can be updated once regular campus operations resume

◦ Devices located offsite/ usage at home:

Encryption must be enabled, and current anti-malware software be installed on personally-owned computers used for accessing UBC systems and information.
▪ There are many options for your choice of current anti-malware, including the installation of UBC-approved software at no cost.
▪ Details about the various options are available on the UBC Privacy Matters website or by contacting SPPH IT at

Zoom Accounts

  • If you are looking into setting up a Zoom account, please fill in the form here and an account activation email will be sent to you in a few business days.

VPN Access

  • In order to access any to connect to the UBC myVPN service. You can login using your UBC CWL credentials.

Voicemail Access

  • To access your voicemail, dial 604-822-2010 and press #, and enter the last 5 digits of your UBC phone number and then your voicemail password.

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Email Access

  • UBC webmail link: can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. You’ll be asked to authenticate using Duo so you may need to have your mobile device handy

Shared Drive and Workspace Access

  • Accessing shared files can be done by mapping a connection to Teamshare. This still requires a VPN connection. The SPPH Teamshare location is: \\\TEAM\SPPH\CORE (Windows) or smb:// (Mac)

Your username to login is EAD\insert_your_cwl_username
On Windows, you will have to select more choices and then enter EAD\insert_your_cwl_username
On Macs, you will have to connect as a registered user then enter EAD\insert_your_cwl_username

Teaching and Canvas

  • You can access Canvas by going to this link from any device: and logging in with your CWL credentials. You will be asked to authenticate via Duo as well.

Collaboration and audio conferencing

  • To use Skype for Business for collaboration, download the Windows or Mac version depending on your system. The UBC collaboration site has information on how to sign in if you’re having issues.
  • If you are hosting a telephone meeting only via Skype for Business, you'll need your Skype for Business PIN. This was provided to you when you were provisioned with access.
  • For optimal performance please disconnect from VPN and use a wired internet connection if you plan to use the call/video options in Skype for Business
  • To reset your Skype for Business PIN, please do so here.

Please contact our IT team or create an online support ticket should you have any further questions.

Ergonomics Tips

The proper ergonomic design of your workspace can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries. Ensure that you set up your home office using the resources found on UBC Ergonomics webpage. Find an optimal workstation setup using Working from home ergo guide; join Ergo your posture live sessions on Zoom every Wednesday at 10am for a movement break; and check out the Ergo Your Posture Poster as a convenient guide to positional changes during your workday.

Wellbeing Tips

Simple wellbeing actions during your workday ensure that you release tension and recharge. Get up and move around often, stay well hydrated, open a window or step outside for some fresh air and take a few deep breaths.

For more information on Ergonomics, Benefits and Wellbeing at UBC visit HR Health & Wellbeing.


Tips to increase social connection
At work:
  • One of the most rewarding parts of the daily bustle in an office environment is getting to chat with colleagues about non-work topics. In order to continue these valuable and fun interactions as part of our daily routines, many offices are setting up a Zoom "water cooler" meeting, where everyone can enjoy their coffee and chat for 15-30 minutes about the funny video they saw that morning, or how their day is going.
  • Much of our conversation comes from our expression, tone, and gestures. It's easy to lose this if you're emailing all of your communications. We encourage you to video-conference, or speak on the phone when possible - especially for debating details that require back-and-forth or nuanced conversations.
  • For your daily check-ins with staff, supervisors and colleagues, using more interactive modalities such as teleconferencing or videoconferencing serves two purposes: you can see how one another is doing in what is a stressful time for many, and you can review the tasks and expectations for the day. See which methods works best for your team.
  • Check in with your colleagues and manager by phone at the beginning and/or end of the day. This serves two purposes: you can see how one another is doing in what is a stressful time for many, and you can review the tasks and expectations for the day.
  • Share the tips for working from home that have worked for you with your coworkers. Maybe you need to set up a separate workspace away from where you relax, or set a timer and practice the Pomodoro method. Share what works and bond over what doesn't.
  • Start a group chat with your coworkers. Chats using platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or iMessage can be a fun and useful way to stay engaged on a personal or work level with your colleagues.

In your personal life:

  • Schedule dinner or coffee by video chat with friends to catch up.
  • Join a virtual book club, or set up your own and meet on a conference video chat with your friends and family to discuss the book. Try to pick something available for free online, or that is available to everyone through an electronic resource.
  • When you plan out your meals in advance to limit the number of trips you need to make to the grocery store, look for new and exciting recipes online. To make meal-planning a social activity, choose a recipe with a friend who you can't visit in person, and then talk on the phone while you make it together - but physically apart.
  • If you find yourself missing your usual fitness class, look for a streaming or app-based version. There are free yoga classes on YouTube, or subscription-based apps like YYoga or DownDog Yoga. There are also High Intensity Interval Training videos available for free.
  • Call those in your life who might be especially isolated during this time of physical distancing: those who live alone, are immunocompromised, or elderly.
  • Practice gratitude for the little and big things in your life - research shows this will make you feel happier.
  • Plan specific activities to do with those in your household that allow you to connect, like having a Friday movie night or playing a board game, and then designate quiet or alone time for when you need to work or enjoy some space. Talk about what you need to feel fulfilled and energized with those that you live with, because everyone's needs are different. Some people need more quiet or interaction than others, and now more than ever it is important to respect and plan for that.

I’m sure there will be many more questions, and we will do our best to keep you informed and stay connected.

Please stay-tuned for further messages from the School of Population and Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, and UBC, and continue to consult the appropriate public authorities for the latest information.

Thank you everyone for your continued patience  — stay healthy, stay safe!



Director, Administration & Operations (DAO)

UBC Curtailing Research Activities on UBC Campuses
See this link for updates

UBC Research-Related Travel and Reimbursements Updates (as of March 10th, 2020)
As our community works through the current impact of COVID-19, we’ve had a number of inquiries regarding reimbursements for cancellations of research-related travel, non-refundable travel fees, etc. and considerations for future travel planning.
Please find below our current guidelines and recommendations based on information as of March 10th, 2020:
UBC Campus notifications website has the following published FAQS/guidelines for Tri-Agency funded accounts and research activity:
If I need to cancel research-related travel due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, will I be reimbursed for any non-refundable travel fees?
For projects funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR, the granting agencies have confirmed that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable for meetings or other research-related activities impacted by COVID-19.
      • The reimbursements can apply to both principal investigators and research personnel, when cancellation occurs either due to factors such as travel advisories (including from Health Canada or Global Affairs Canada), cancelled conferences, or from personal choice due to health or other concerns.
      • For those planning to travel for NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR-funded research, the agencies suggest to consider purchasing cancellation insurance or to book tickets that are at least partially refundable.
      • In this specific situation some additional cost could still be viewed as economical if it allows for partial or full reimbursement/credit in the event of cancellation due to COVID-19.
      • See the full statement from the Tri-Agency here:
*Please find updates here for UBC Campus:
For members of our SPPH community that have approved research/academic travel/travel-related charges not funded by the Tri-Agencies:
      • For claims already in queue for approved research/academic travel/travel-related charge:
        •  IF YOUR CONFERENCE OR EVENT IS CANCELLED AND YOU WILL BE RECEIVING REIMBURSEMENT DIRECTLY FROM THE EVENT, you are required to let your finance administrator know immediately so that your expense claim can be modified to avoid duplication, and comply with audit standards
·         For claims yet to be submitted:
        • For all items that are cancelled without reimbursement from the venue/agency, you are asked to include this correspondence/documentation as part of your reimbursement submission
        • For all items that receive credit in lieu of reimbursement, you are asked to include this correspondence/documentation as part of your reimbursement submission

As communities around the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, research into public health, infectious diseases, epidemiology, and our collective health and safety has never been more relevant or important. At the School of Population and Public Health, we’ve been conducting groundbreaking research in these fields for decades – so it’s no surprise that our researchers, students and staff have answered the call of our time. Read below to learn more about how faculty and graduate students are applying their expertise to solving the medical, public health, social, and policy challenges of COVID-19.

If you believe that investing in our health matters, consider contributing to the SPPH Public Health Fund. Every contribution – regardless of the amount – pushes us closer to better health.



      • Dr. Michael Brauer, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
        Dr. Brauer has applied his expertise in the relationship between the built environment and human health to COVID-19 by looking at how our surroundings impact infection control and disease course. He has also contributed important commentary to the public discourse through columns, Q&As, and media interviews. Dr. Brauer has previously written about the global health disparities in access to handwashing, a key component in reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission, and is working with UN Environment on a commentary to make structural changes to a more sustainable economy in the post-pandemic recovery.

      • Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Pediatrics
        As a leader of Outdoor Play Canada, Dr. Brussoni has detailed the ramifications of COVID-19 on children’s outdoor play and has looked to highlight how children can play within physical distancing guidelines. Her work is increasingly relevant as the province seeks to open up while continuing to practice social distancing and limit infections. Echoing the advice of British Columbia’s Public Health Officials, including Dr. Bonnie Henry, Dr. Brussoni encourages families to spend time outdoors responsibly to strengthen their immune systems and maintain their physical and mental health.

      • Dr. Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chair Professor, Transportation & Health, Schools of Population & Public Health & Community & Regional Planning Director, Health and Community Design Lab
        Dr. Frank measures and predicts the health impacts of the built and natural environment, and has recently been evaluating the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on active forms of transportation. As an expert in transportation planning and health, he has been a regular commenter in both domestic and international press.

      • Dr. Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, MPH Director
        The founder of Generation Squeeze and a familiar face in Canadian media, Dr. Kershaw is applying his expertise in advocating for the financial, social, emotional and physical well-being of Canadians to the COVID-19 crisis. He is compiling financial support information as public health measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disrupt the livelihoods and homes of Canadians across the country, and his organization is updating their website daily with new government support being announced at all levels, as well as clarification on the requirements for each funding.

      • Dr. Louise Mâsse, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Scientist Level 3, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
        Dr. Masse, a Behavioural Scientist with expertise in children’s health behaviours and transitional periods – an area that is increasingly relevant during this time of uncertainty and change – is focused on the future impacts of COVID-19-related social and physical distancing measures on families with children. Dr. Masse is extending her current HABITs study with the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Waterloo to address how the pandemic is influencing children’s lifestyle behaviours, and what this means for their health in the long-term.
      • Dr. Maureen Mayhew, Clinical Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Health in Populations (HiP)
        Dr. Mayhew is a clinician with experience in cross-cultural medicine and public health since 1988, serving immigrants, refugees, Inuit, Metis and First Nations in Canada and abroad. She, along with SPPH alumnus Angeli Rawat and Faculty of Medicine graduate students have created a series of posters and infographics to share practical COVID-19 tips with the general public. For more information and to access these posters, click here.

      • Dr. Farah Shroff, Associate Member, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Health in Populations (HiP)
        Dr. Shroff has been an active commentator and expert in Canadian media, discussing issues that include the sensitivities around collecting race-based COVID-19 data, gender divides in the response to COVID-19, and the effects of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. She is actively working on several COVID-19 policy issues including a policy paper on housing and health; a report card on Canada’s response; and on-going research questions about the mental health aspects of the crisis, women's issues related to COVID-19, and climate justice.

      • Dr. Patti Spittal, Professor, Head, Division of Health in Populations, Interim Associate Director—Research, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
        Dr. Spittal is an anthropologist with extensive experience working with marginalized communities living in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries. She is the co-principal investigator of the Cedar Project, which has received a research exemption to keep their doors open in the Downtown East Side (DTES) to support the indigenous community during COVID- 19. They are continuing their crucial work with participants in indigenous community – but also the DTES community at large – doing outreach and trying to distribute harm reduction equipment. Dr. Spittal and her team are working to fill the needs created by the high number of organizations that have had to close their physical spaces due to COVID-19, and normally serve the marginalized communities of the DTES.
      • Katherine White, MSc Student, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) program, UBC School of Population and Public Health
        Katherine White is one of the many graduate students at SPPH who has worked to couple her education with practical experience by conducting innovative research during the global pandemic. She is Masters of Science student at SPPH who also works as a research assistant in the Health and Community Design Lab, where she is looking at how appeals that focus on benefits to the self versus benefits to others may influence people's behavioural intentions around COVID-19 mitigating behaviors. Her study aims to look at potential moderators of this effect, including whether or not the appeal includes an advance gratitude statement, political identity, and moral identity.



      • Dr. Peter Berman, Professor of the School of Population and Public Health
        Dr. Berman is a health economist with forty years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. Despite his busy schedule as the Director of SPPH, he has found the time to work on addressing COVID-19 through inter-jurisdictional collaborations. He is coordinating an International Network on Health System Responses to COVID-19, which is developing studies to examine the continuum from national political, economic, and social structures to public health and health systems organizations and on to interventions to address COVID-19. Dr. Berman and his colleagues are working to identify how jurisdictions can learn from the COVID-19 experience to improve preparedness in the future. Going forward, a key next step in the network is the development of “jurisdiction-focussed team” to do the work. A UBC team involving SPPH and SPPGA is developing collaborations in different jurisdictions in Canada, Asia (China, Hong Kong, and India), Latin America, Africa (Ethiopia).

      • Dr. John Carsley, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health
        A committed public servant and former Medical Health Offier of Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. John Carsley has returned from retirement to support BC CDC with their professional and public communications amidst COVID-19.
      • Dr. Corinne Hohl, Associate Member, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine and a Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation.
        Dr. Hohl has an impressive background in emergency medicine, drug safety and effectiveness and adverse drug event surveillance. She is working on a Canadian COVID-19 Registry looking at health system capacity and health care service effects on clinically underrepresented populations, including marginalized populations and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Ultimately, Dr. Hohl aims to help characterize the burden, prognosis and resource allocation of ED COVID-19 patients in Canada, which in turn will have a significant impact on resource allocation and planning, allowing the province and health authorties to best respond to the current – and future – healthcare resource challenges.
      • Dr. Jason Sutherland, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public HealthProgram Head, Health Services and Outcomes, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
        Dr. Sutherland’s expertise in health systems’ efficiency, effectiveness, quality of care, and the policies that support them have long been in demand from governments across the country. He is now applying these skills and his extensive experience advising governments to policy questions around structuring health care systems to address COVID-19 and ensuring jurisdictions can appropriately care for COVID-19 patients.


      • Dr. Karen Bartlett, Professor, Program Director, MSc OEH
        Dr. Bartlett is part of an interdisciplinary initiative that includes faculty from UBC Mechanical Engineering, Barrelwise – a UBC spin off engineering think tank – and occupational hygienists in the health authorities. They are doing proof of concept work in improving the fit and efficacy of respiratory protection for healthcare workers in BC, who are on the front lines of fighting and treating COVID-19. The Mechanical Engineering group are testing the filter materials, and our laboratory manager, Matty Jeronimo, is coordinating the initiative to document the improved fit.
      • Dr. Annalee Yassi, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity-Building
        Dr. Yassi is a member of a 20-person international ad-hoc community established by WHO bringing together the global experience of protecting healthcare workers. Locally, she is establishing surveillance and follow-up procedures for patient care workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 as the new Physician Lead in Occupational Health at Vancouver Coastal Health.


      • Dr. Patti Janssen, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Associate Faculty, Depts of Obstetrics and Family Practice, Adjunct School of Nursing
        Dr. Janssen is the founder of the lauded texting program SmartMom, a Senior Scholar at the Child and Family Research Institute and the leader of Optimal Birth BC, a consortium of clinician-scientists and public health practitioners who undertake both institutional quality improvement initiatives and the development of information resources for childbearing families in BC. She is applying her wealth of experience and leadership to the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting a national study of the safety of the influenza vaccine during pregnancy, which will help researchers understand the effects of a COVID-19 vaccine once available.
      • Dr. Deborah Money, Associate Member, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Health in Populations (HiP). Executive Vice Dean, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Professor, UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
        Dr. Money is a researcher and physician. You may recognize her name as one of the world-renound experts named by Dr. Bonnie Henry in the daily press conference on May 9th as a leading researcher in our province. She is working on the Canadian Surveillance of COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Epidemiology and Maternal and Infant Outcomes, a multi-provincial observational project on the influence of comorbidities on susceptibility and outcomes, Development of decision support treatment and guidelines.
      • Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Health in Populations (HiP), Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention, Senior Public Health Scientist, BCCDC, Senior Research Advisor, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
        In collaboration with other researchers, and led by Dr. Steve Jones, Dr. Ogilvie is working on a germline analysis of COVID-19 patients to determine if there are any genetic determinants of the severity of the virus in confirmed patients. You may recognize her name as one of the exceptional faculty members named by Dr. Bonnie Henry in her daily press conference on May 9th as a leading researcher in our province. Her aim is to help create a database of genetic variants that can be correlated with features of the virus and patient phenotype information that can be shared nationally and internationally to better understand the infection.
      • Dr. David Patrick, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
        Dr. Patrick is an infectious disease modeller who has been instrumental in developing the modelling graphs shown at the daily provincial updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix. He is also on the front lines of researching treatments for COVID-19. In collaboration with other UBC faculty, Dr. Patrick is working on a multi-provincial and multi-national study funded by the CIHR called CATCO: Canadian Treatments for COVID-19, focused on understanding more about the virus, as well as potential drug therapies through a randomized, controlled trial with hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
      • Dr. Joel Singer, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, Associate Director, MHSc Program
        Dr. Singer is on the front lines of researching potential treatments to COVID-19. In a CIHR-funded study led by Dr. Jim Russell, Dr. Singer examines the potential role of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) in the treatment of COVID-19. The study evaluates similarities between the influenza virus and coronavirus and highlights the possibility of limiting lung injury in COVID-19 patients. If shown to be effective, ARBs would be an inexpensive and clinically available resource that would help immensely in the clinical treatment of COVID-19.


To view the most up to date information on the COVID19 research response in British Columbia, click here.