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Mathematical modeling of COVID-19 explored in recent webinar

Dr. Jonathan Dushoff, professor of Biology at McMaster University’s Institute for Infectious Disease Research, has spent nearly two decades doing dynamical modeling for infectious diseases. In a recent webinar he delivered with Sheena Guglani, research analyst at the eConsult Centre of Excellence (eConsult COE), Dushoff discussed the role of mathematical epidemiology in the context of […]

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Pandemics webinar series closes with views on conspiracies, biases, and decision-making

A recent webinar by Andrea Baumann and Amelia Boughn wrapped up the Expert Perspectives on Pandemics series, hosted by McMaster University to explore transdisciplinary insights on pandemics in the context of COVID-19.  Baumann is the associate V-P Global Health and director of McMaster’s MSc Global Health program, while Boughn is a graduate student working towards […]

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Exploring visual histories and public reactions to pandemics

History is fragmented. Reconstructing the lived realities of those who came before requires us to examine historical artifacts, from documents to photographs. The introduction of the camera in the 19th century shed light on unseen corners of the world and, in the context of pandemics, was a critical tool in the development of modern medicine […]

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To be a research trainee in the time of COVID-19

Days after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with coursework for our winter semester wrapping up, we decided to apply our passion for global health by joining a team working on a rapid qualitative study: Triage and COVID-19: global preparedness, socio-cultural considerations, and communication. The goals of this ongoing study, led by Dr. Elysée Nouvet, […]

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Ethical considerations of COVID-19: Your questions answered

As major figures worldwide declare the COVID-19 pandemic to be “unprecedented times that warrant unprecedented intervention,” life as we know it has shifted drastically in response to new policies, emergency procedures, and pressures from resource allocation. Here we are faced with the question: Where should we draw our limits to protect our rights and the […]

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Antibiotics, resistance, and pandemics

Unlike COVID-19, which has spread swiftly across the globe, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a slow-moving pandemic. But is there – or will there be – a link between the novel Coronavirus and antibiotic resistance? A recent webinar by Gerry Wright, the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Studies of Antibiotics at McMaster University, explored the intersection […]

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Global experts talk pandemics and COVID-19 in free webinar series

McMaster’s Global Health office is opening up its online speaker series exploring COVID-19 from multiple perspectives to a wider audience. Expert Perspectives on Pandemics features international renowned experts on topics that include flattening the curve, forecasting the new coronavirus, cultural histories and reactions to past pandemics, and the search for a magic bullet. The Global […]

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Students from Manipal University: How did COVID-19 affect them?

One of the unique benefits of the MSc Global Health program is that it allows for cross-cultural collaboration: a critical element within the global health field. These collaborative experiences with students from partner universities can occur through online group work as well as through in-person interactions while on exchange or during the learning symposium. Unfortunately, […]

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Q&A with a vaccine expert on COVID-19 and pandemic response

The race is on to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. But in an outbreak situation, getting to market fast enough means the process – from discovery research to clinical development to large-scale manufacturing and regulatory approvals – all happens in a condensed timeframe. What are the implications? When will a COVID-19 vaccine be developed? Who are […]

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