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We took immediate action during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When the pandemic began, we quickly leveraged our experience as a global convenor of multilateral discussions to address the most urgent questions facing science, society, and governments.

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CIFAR's time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry.

We allocated high-impact, rapid-response funds, supporting new research collaborations that address COVID-19.

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We connected global expert communities and mobilized knowledge.

From the earliest stages of the pandemic, we convened scientists and organizations for discussions and advice on AI, data, ethics, contact-tracing apps, and changing social dynamics.

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Pivoting research to address COVID-19. 

Nearly one-quarter of our global community of over 400 fellows, chairs, scholars, and advisors have focused their research to address the challenges of COVID-19.

Their projects, including rapid diagnostic tests and new ventilator designs, span six broad thematic areas:

  • COVID-19 Response Leadership
  • Biology of SARS-CoV-2
  • Epidemiology & Transmission
  • Medical Countermeasures
  • Social & Economic Impact
  • Mental Health & Well-being
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Science is the exit strategy. 

We highlighted the research insights and work of our global community by launching a series of free, virtual public talks held every other week entitled “Science is the Exit Strategy.”

The talks covered community approaches to COVID-19 screening, what past pandemics can teach us about today’s pandemic, and combining X-ray diagnostics with AI to predict COVID-19 severity, among other important topics.

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CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.

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