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Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, said the projects announced Monday are aimed at improving prevention, detection, care and recovery for Albertans.
Jie Chen, a University of Alberta engineering professor, received $304,200 to develop and verify a rapid COVID-19 antibody detection device. Antibody testing can help identify people who may have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus or have recovered from COVID-19.
For his work in designing and standardizing serology, or antibody, testing, Andrei Drabovich, U of A assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, got $182,098.
Looking at predicting and managing COVID-19’s movement and spread using machine learning, Mark Lewis, a U of A professor in biological sciences and mathematics, received $220,545. That grant is supported through Alberta Health’s Pfizer Alberta Collaboration.
U of A President Bill Flanagan said there were more than 75 COVID-19-related research projectsalready underway at the university.
Other U of A recipients of the Alberta Innovates grants include Matthias Hoben, assistant professor in nursing, who received $328,376 to study the experiences and support needs of COVID-19 caregivers in assisted living facilities.
And Puneeta Tandon, associate professor of medicine, received $326,297 to study how to best connect vulnerable outpatients with multidisciplinary care once they are released from hospital.
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