The Compute Canada Federation Celebrates Canadian Researchers Working on COVID-19

Researchers across Canada are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and many are harnessing the power of Canada’s advanced research computing (ARC) platform to do so. ARC accelerates the speed to discovery and helps researchers accomplish globally competitive, data-driven, transformative research.

Research like that of Dionne Aleman, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of applied science and engineering, who is building a pandemic model to show which actions are likely to slow the spread and by how much. A team of biochemistry specialists at the Université de Montréal and Université de Laval is working to develop a rapid test that would identify the disease in minutes, rather than the current time it takes, which is hours. Five research teams at the University of British Columbia are getting $2.3 million from the federal government to continue their work on detecting, neutralizing and reducing COVID-19’s transmission while researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute are recruiting 6,000 Canadians with COVID-19 to test the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine’s ability to reduce the risk of lung-related complications of COVID-19.

Clearly, there’s plenty going on in the research world to tackle COVID-19. To mark the important research being undertaken in the country’s esteemed academic institutions, the Compute Canada Federation will host a repository of stories on how Canadian researchers are working to create solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrate their efforts.

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Here’s how our researchers and innovators are working to fight COVID-19:

Canada’s national advanced research computing (ARC) platform is delivered through the Compute Canada Federation (CCF), which is a partnership of Compute Canada, regional organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET) and institutions across Canada. Together, we provide computing infrastructure and expertise to a wide variety of academic disciplines from virology to astrophysics to literary analysis.