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COV3R – COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response

COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response
Using genome capture, the COV3R initiative aims to tackle the problem of detecting co-infections in humans, and in the process provide powerful new tools for public health. Co-infection by respiratory viruses is common and bad for patients, yet we know very little about co-infection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Integrating the genomic detection of most respiratory viruses to better understand differences in the severity of COVID-19 infection will directly and immediately improve public health interventions and clinical treatment plans.

The technique will also give researchers the ability to test for all viral groups, even those scientists do not yet know about. The COV3R team is also developing a unique tool that efficiently captures genetic material and compares it against all coronaviruses known to infect animals, which will be a valuable asset in the current pandemic and for early detection of coronavirus pathogens in the future.

Quick Facts

  • Project Leader(s):
    • Andrew Cameron
      (University of Regina)
    • David Alexander
      (University of Manitoba)
  • Project Value:

    $478,000

  • Genome Canada Contribution:

    $250,000

  • Other Project Partners:

    Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS)

  • Project Status:

    Ongoing (2020 - 2022)

  • Competition:

    Genome Canada COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response
    Genome Prairie

Current Projects

2022 - Present

Bison Integrated Genomics (BIG)

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2016-2022

CanCOGeN – Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network

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2021-2024

CPMN – Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network

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2020 - 2022

COV3R – COVID-19 Rapid Regional Response

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2015-2021

CTAG2 – Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics

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2019 to 2023

4DWheat – Diversity, Discovery, Design and Delivery

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2016-2021

EcoToxChip – A toxicogenomics tool for chemical prioritization and environmental management

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2019 - 2023

EVOLVES – Enhancing the Value of Lentil Variation for Ecosystem Survival

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2019 - 2022

FLOWTER – Floating Wetland Treatments to Enhance Remediation

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2016-2022

GENICE II

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2019 - 2023

Genomic ASSETS (Antimicrobial Stewardship Systems from Evidence-based Treatment Strategies) for Livestock

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2016-2022

GENICE: Microbial Genomics for Oil Spill Preparedness in Canada’s Arctic Marine Environment

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2018 - 2021

Improving on-seed survival and performance of legume inoculants using genome shuffling

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