Science & Tech
Institute was designed for rapid response to viral pandemic.
When word started to trickle out of China in early January that a new and deadly virus was spreading fast, Lorne Tyrrell immediately pulled together more than 20 members of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, including some of Canada's top virologists, to brainstorm how they could help.
By the time the Government of Canada announced $26.8 million for research into COVID-19, University of Alberta teams had 17 project proposals ready to go, three of which were immediately funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The others were poised to begin work as soon as more funding became available.
The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology was set up at the U of A in 2010 to be ready for a moment just like this.
“We support research in emerging diseases,” said Tyrrell, a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, GSK...