On December 9, 2021, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $13.7 million in 89 new COVID-19 research projects across the country.
The Government of Canada is providing funding for the research through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Michael Smith Health Research BC and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation are providing funds to support several projects on the impact of the pandemic on children, youth and families.
This new investment builds on the nearly $300 million that CIHR has invested in COVID-19 research since March 2020. This research spans everything from diagnostics and potential treatments to public health responses and communication strategies.
Funded UBC-Led Projects
Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Medical Complexity and their Families
UBC Principal Investigators: Jennifer Baumbusch (Nursing), Marlene McGuire (Anthropology)
Funding Amount: $149,874
FOCUS on Adolescents: A mixed-methods study to optimize COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts among adolescents in Canada and France
UBC Principal Investigators: Rodney Knight (Medicine)
Other PIs: Cheyenne Johnson, Marie Jauffret-Roustide
Funding Amount: $112,465
Examining the effects of public health policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic on unintentional injuries in children and youth in British Columbia and Ontario, including as related to equity and marginalized populations
Principal Investigators: Ian Pike (Pediatrics), Shelina Babul (Pediatrics)
Other PIs: Pamela Fuselli, Alison Macpherson, Linda Rothman
Funding Amount: $140,948
Impact of Social Determinants of Mental Health on Child and Parent Risk, Resilience and Support Access in the COVID-19 Era: A Nested Mixed-Methods Study of Short and Long-Term Outcomes
Principal Investigators: S. Evelyn Stewart (Psychiatry), Jana Davidson (Psychiatry)
Other PIs: Hasina Samji
Funding Amount: $110,510