COVID-19 research across Dal

The challenge of the pandemic has inspired urgent, new research across the Dal community—and not just in vaccines either. With support from the federal government as well as the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition, projects are underway to understand the impacts of COVID-19 and also provide knowledge and best practices for potential future pandemics. 

Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard and Dr. Nancy Ross (Social Work) are assessing how impact of COVID-19 can inform social policy and health care to better respond to gender-based violence in African Nova Scotian communities.

Dr. John Frampton (Biomedical Engineering) is working with NSCAD University Professor Gary Markle on a prototype textile for locally manufactured personal protective equipment.

Drs. Graham Gagnon and Amina Stoddart (Civil and Resource Engineering) are studying whether UV light can be used as a disinfectant to allow safe re-use of N95 masks.

Dr. Scott Halperin (Pediatrics/Microbiology and Immunology) is bringing together a global team to understand the effects of public health outbreak control policies and implementation on individuals and communities.

Dr. Robert Huish (International Development Studies) is examining the consequences of cultural stigma from COVID-19 ordinances in Nova Scotia, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Margot Latimer (Nursing) is identifying occurrence rates and complicating factors for Mi’kmaq community members in Nova Scotia diagnosed with COVID-19.

Dr. Jeanna Parsons Leigh (Health Administration) is working with clinicians, researchers and the public across Canada to gauge people’s perceptions of COVID-19 and combat misinformation, stigma and fear.

Dr. Catherine Mah (Health Administration) is leading investigations into the nutritional consequences of how Atlantic Canadians eat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Emily Marshall (Family Medicine/Psychiatry) is exploring pandemic-related challenges in access to primary health care.

Drs. Sandra Meier (Psychiatry) and Rita Orji (Computer Science) have teamed up for a study that uses smartphones to monitor the impacts of social distancing and isolation on youth.

Dr. Rudolf Uher (Psychiatry) is examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians living with mental illness, as well as their families. 

Dr. Ingrid Waldron (Nursing) is working to develop a culturally specific COVID-19 response strategy to improve access to COVID-19 testing and health services and reduce infections among African Nova Scotians living in the Prestons.