Subject: IIDR eNews - May 4th, 2020

IIDR Newsletter - Issue 37
May 4th, 2020
Announcing the 2020 Research Funding Recipients & Summer Student Fellowships 


Investigating the Link Between COVID-19 and AMR
The impact of COVID-19 on AMR research & policy

April 24 - Our partners at CAIN have released a special COVID-19 edition of their AMR eNews last month, with stories from Scientific American, Conversation Canada, Globe and Mail, and more. Learn More >


COVID-19 may worsen the antibiotic resistance crisis

April 21 
- As COVID-19 moves across the world, it may drag a second slow-motion pandemic behind it. ID experts including Gerry Wright discuss the worsening rise of AMR due to COVID-19. Learn More >



Drug-resistant superbugs: A global threat intensified 

April 20 - "Antimicrobial resistance is a slower-moving pandemic than COVID-19, but one that is worsening every day" explains Lori Burrows in her editorial piece in The Conversation Canada. Learn More >


The dangerous legacy of COVID-19


April 1 
Gerry Wright & Andrew Morris take a closer look at the link between the COVID-19 & AMR crises in this Globe and Mail opinion piece. Learn More >



IIDR Insights on the Novel Coronavirus


Vaccines, antibodies, and beards: Your COVID-19 questions answered

April 30 
- Matthew Miller contributed to a new CBC segment that aims to help us better understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More >



Scientists worried about animals that could get coronavirus from humans

April 30 
- Can humans give SARS-CoV-2 to animals? And if so, what ones are susceptible? Arinjay Banerjee joined the conversation on what this could mean in our fight against COVID-19. Learn More >



Can COVID-19 can be spread by building ventilation?

April 26 - Matthew Miller spoke to the National Post about the possibility of smaller and lighter aerosol particles being spread through a ventilation system. Learn More >



Stop villainising bats, say scientists and conservationists

April 26 - Arinjay Banerjee spoke to The Hindu about the need to modify human practices to prevent the emergence of new pathogens. 
Learn More >
COVID-19 immunity: what we're learning and what we still need to figure out

April 24 - CBC's Quirks & Quarks chats with Dawn Bowdish about COVID-19’s unusual immune system effects, and what that means for a vaccine. Learn More > 
More research needed on possible COVID-19 reinfection

April 23 - Jeffrey Pernica discusses key aspects to take into account if a person tests positive for COVID-19 after previously being cleared. 
Learn More >


Clinicians over 60 stay on the job despite the greater risk

April 21 - "I think the most challenging [aspect] is dealing with the uncertainty." CBC spoke to Fiona Smaill about why she and other older clinicians stay on the COVID-19 front lines despite the greater risk. Learn More >

Meet an Ontario researcher who helped isolate COVID-19

April 20 - Arinjay Banerjee studies bats and infectious diseases — an area of specialization that made him just the right fit for a special team investigating the novel coronavirus. Learn More > 
McMaster researchers to identify who gets sick with COVID-19

April 17 - Dawn Bowdish and Michael Surette receive research funding to boost their work to identify COVID-19 infection rates and understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus. Learn More >

McMaster researchers closing in on home test for COVID-19

April 13 - A team of 11 senior researchers race to create a home-based COVID-19 testing kit, which could potentially be ready to move forward for approvals and manufacturing within months. Learn More >

What Immunity to COVID-19 Really Means

April 10 - Dawn Bowdish says there are still many questions when it comes to antibodies and the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19. Learn More >
Insight from the Cutting Edge of Covid-19 Research

April 8 - 
Karen Mossman was featured in the Virtual CENE Podcast to share insight from the cutting edge of research on COVID-19. Learn More >

McMaster researchers’ act of kindness comes full circle

April 7 -
“I just wanted to help friends and to protect front-line workers." An outstanding story highlighting an incredible act of kindness by Yingfu Li's lab to provide PPE for medical workers. Learn More >
Surgical masks good for most COVID-19 treatment

April 6 
- Mark Loeb advises that N95 respirator masks should be preserved for health-care workers involved in inserting breathing tubes for patients with COVID-19. Learn More >
Scientists testing for Coronavirus with Genetic “Fishing Hooks”

March 29 - Jalees Nasir of Andrew McArthur
's lab developed a set of molecular  “fish hooks” capable of pulling the coronavirus from complex patient samples. Learn More >
Reports & Publications














Selection of viral variants during persistent infection of insectivorous bat cells with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

This study provides evidence for a model of coronavirus persistence in bats, along with the establishment of a unique persistently infected cell culture model to study MERS-CoV-bat interactions. 














Bat influenza viruses: Making a double agent of MHC class II

Major histocompatibility complex class II has recently been identified as a cellular receptor for bat influenza viruses. This study discusses the possible implications of viral exploitation of this critical host defense molecule and highlight the need for more intense study of bat-influenza virus interactions. 
Announcements
Research Coordinator Position for X-ray / CMCB Technician

The IIDR and the DBCAD have a position available for a research coordinator. The position will be shared between the Macromolecular Crystallography Facility and the CMCB. Duties in the Crystallography Facility include oversight of an X-ray diffractometer with single-crystal and SAXS capabilities, a crystallography liquid handler and imaging robotics for the setting-up and imaging of crystal trays, and protein purification systems. Duties in the CMCB will be related to equipment maintenance and training of facility users, as well as participation in contract research projects and other facility activities as needed. View the posting here for more information (posting 31784).
Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program
Deadline: May 29th, 2020

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), in collaboration with their 11 partners, have announced the expansion of the Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program. This program will award 37 undergraduate students, studying in fields that are linked to the employment footprint of the Life Sciences sector, a total value of $3000 for the 2020-2021 Fall / Winter term. Award recipients will participate in One-on-One Mentoring with an experienced professional within their field of study in the life sciences sector. For more details and to apply, visit the website here.
Moving Online: Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops
Deadline: May 14th, 2020

While some of the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops have been cancelled due to COVID19, others are moving to an online format. The updated course list and registration information can be found here.
NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants
Deadline: June 1st, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis. NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Learn More >

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Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research
David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery

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