Funded Research Projects 2020/21


Congratulations to our 2020/21 funding recipients. Thank you for helping to uncover the best solutions to Nova Scotia’s biggest challenges.

2020/21 Projects Search

Project: Bio-Efficacy of Wood Vinegar on Fire Blight and Scab Fungi Diseases Damaging Apple and Pear Trees in Nova Scotia
Dr. Lord Abbey
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $310,070
Funding Partners: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Key Words: amenity horticulture, agriculture, wood vinegar, apple production, pear production, fruit growers 

Project: Bowtie Analysis for COVID-19 Risk Reduction
Dr. Paul Amoyette
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $9,990
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, risk reduction, essential information, threats, consequences, prevention barriers, mitigation barriers, pandemic, health systems improvement 

Project: Evidence to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 on Community-Based Dementia Care in Nova Scotia
Dr. Katie Aubrecht
St. Francis Xavier (StFX)
RNS Funding Contribution: $54,908
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, dementia care, community-based, caregivers, vulnerable older adults, social sciences 
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/21/evidence-to-assess-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-community-based-dementia-care-in-nova-scotia/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuSSafdsI14

Project: The Role of Environmental Determinants and Social Mobility in Viral Infection Transmission in Halifax
Dr. Yigit Aydede
Saint Mary’s University (SMU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $36,900
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, transmission rates, meteorological, air quality, social mobility, policy making, social sciences, viral infection 
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/26/using-machine-learning-to-predict-viral-transmission-rates-in-halifax/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-37184-z

Project: Cellular Immune Phenotype in Patients with Severe COVID Disease Before and After COVID-19 Treatment
Dr. Lisa Barrett
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $75,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, immune disruption, reversibility, dysregulation, therapy 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1IQq0CZtyY
https://dmrf.ca/molly-appeal/

Project: Screening of CTP Synthase Inhibitors to Augment Antiviral Drugs for the Synergistic Treatment of COVID-19 Infections
Dr. Stephen Bearne
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $25,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, screening, infections, virus, antiviral drug compounds 

Project: A Device that Could Assist in Proning Anesthetized Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients
Dr. Stephen Beed
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $10,700
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, patients, critically ill, device, heavily sedated, intubated, pharmacologically paralyzed 
https://vimeo.com/582527773/ed2aaad43e
https://globalnews.ca/news/8169054/steve-beed-covid-19-pronator/

Project: Culturally Responsive Healthcare to Reduce Gender Based Violence
Dr. Wanda Bernard & Dr. Nancy Ross
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $45,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, social policy, healthcare measures, gender violence, African Nova Scotian communities, social sciences 

Project: NeuroCOVID: A Prospective, Longitudinal MRI Examination of Brain Involvement in COVID-19
Dr. Steven Beyea
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $74,647.69
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, MRI, magnetic resonance, imaging scanner, inpatients, clinical sciences 
https://qe2foundation.ca/our-impact/news/uncovering-links-between-brain-and-covid-19-qeii-research-first-world

Project: The Ties that Bind: Interpersonal Relationships as a Source of Risk and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Karen Blair & Dr. Kathryn Bell
St. Francis Xavier (StFX), Acadia University
RNS Funding Contribution: $32,559.99
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, LGTBQ+, intimate partner violence, pandemic, social sciences 
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/07/the-ties-that-bind-interpersonal-relationships-as-a-source-of-risk-and-resilience-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Project: Innovative chemical strategies to help Nova Scotian pulp mills explore ways to transition into the production of medical-grade pulp for N95 respirator production.
Dr. Christa Brosseau
Saint Mary’s University (SMU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $72,600
Key Words: COVID-19, N95, Medical-Grade, Pulp, Mills, Respirator, Forestry 
https://researchns.ca/2021/06/02/study-suggests-a-future-for-medical-grade-pulp-production-in-nova-scotia/
https://researchns.ca/episode4/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-covid-19-n95-masks-pulp-research-1.5566691
https://www.pulpandpapercanada.com/transforming-pulp-can-tmp-act-like-kraft-pulp-for-use-in-n95-masks/

Project: The Intrapersonal Traits Associated with a Person’s Willingness to Work with COVID 19 Patients (Resilience and Empathy)
Megan Brydon
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $3,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, resilience, empathy, willingness to work, patients, medical radiation, imaging, social sciences 
https://researchns.ca/beyond-research-podcast-episode-9-virtual-reality-health-care/

Project: Primary Care and Pandemics: How Do We Get Care to Those Who Need It?
Dr. Fred Burge
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $35,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, primary care, pandemics, electronic medical record, patients, health systems improvement 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh1UP93EY4w

Project: COVID-19 Impact of Neonatal ICU
Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo & Dr. Jon Dorling
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, NICU, ICU, virtual care, families, neonatal intensive care unit, social sciences 
https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/11/18/study-seeks-to-assess-unintended-consequences-of-covid-19-rules-.html
https://researchns.ca/season-2-episode-4-real-time-health-research/

Project: Use of a Learning Health System Framework to Examine Quality and Safety Improvement at the IWK Health Centre During COVID-19 Planning
Dr. Janet Curran
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, pandemic planning, health systems improvement 

Project: Don’t Count Us Out!
Dr. OmiSoore Dryden
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $40,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, African Nova Scotians, pandemic strategy and response, race-based data, social sciences 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk_Co876lBI

Project: Development and Evaluation of Lead DNA Vaccine Candidates for COVID-19
Dr. Roy Duncan
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $25,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, DNA vaccine, PHAC, WHO, ethical, first-in-human, discovery sciences 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnjqh2hC1KQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBbqLOXgRs

Project: Innovations in Sustainable PPE Fabric: Local Solutions for a Global Issue
Dr. John Frampton & Gary Markle
Dalhousie University, NSCAD University
Total Project Value: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, sustainable PPE, fabric, local, discovery sciences, textile, surgical masks, global supply chains 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5pb2FSd7Vk

Project: Preventing Burnout Among Front-Line Care Workers to Fight Covid-19: Screen and Intervene
Dr. Debra Gilin
Saint Mary’s University (SMU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $47,640
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, burnout, social sciences, mental health, safety risks 
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/05/preventing-burnout-among-front-line-care-workers-to-fight-covid-19-screen-and-intervene/

Project: Studying the impact of public health control policies and implementation on the NGO and NFP community in Canada.
Dr. Scott Halperin
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $154,010
Key Words: public health, infectious disease, COVID-19, policy, socioeconomic status 

Project: A Multiplex Platform for Higher Sensitivity Detection of SARS-CoV2
Dr. Todd Hatchette
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $44,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, test, real-time, PCR, discovery sciences 

Project: Employing Hyperheurisitics to Provide Direction on Deployment of COVID-19 Tests and other Interventions
Dr. James Hughes
St. Francis Xavier (StFX)
RNS Funding Contribution: $42,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, hyperheurisitics, tests, interventions, artificial intelligence, health systems improvement 
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/14/using-ai-to-provide-direction-on-deployment-of-covid-19-tests-and-vaccines/
https://researchns.ca/episode8/

Project: The Consequences and Outcomes of Cultural Stigma from COVID-19 Ordinances
Dr. Robert Huish
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $28,600
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words:  
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/21/world/canada/coronavirus-public-shaming.html
https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/new-york-times-article-says-atlantic-canada-is-ripe-for-pandemic-stigma-1.5319847

Project: Organizational Response to Disease Outbreak.
Dr. Kevin Kelloway
Saint Mary’s University (SMU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $79,400
Key Words: pandemic, COVID-19, organizational response, disease outbreak, social challenge 

Project: Identification of Biomarkers that Predict Severity of Infection in COVID-19 Patients.
Dr. David Kelvin
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $600,000
Total Project Value: $1,900,000
Funding Partners: Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Key Words: COVID-19, biomarkers, patients, health, infection, illness, coronavirus 
https://researchns.ca/2020/03/18/coronavirus-research/
https://researchns.ca/episode1/
https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/04/01/covid-19-researchers-profile–dr–david-kelvin.html

Project: Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA):Building a COVID-19 Platform for Research in Canada
Dr. Susan Kirkland
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $35,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, CLSA, social sciences, increase risk, severity, socioeconomic status, health outcomes 
https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/04/28/how-a-pandemic-affects-the-experience-of-aging.html

Project: A Microbiome-Based COVID-19 Risk-Assessment Tool
Dr. Morgan Langille
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $30,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, microbiome, discovery sciences, assessment tool, microbes 

Project: Identifying the Occurrence Rate and Complicating Factors Related to a COVID-19 Diagnosis in the Mi’kmaq People of Nova Scotia
Dr. Margot Latimer
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $36,710
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, diagnosis, Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia, health systems improvement 

Project: Rapid Prototyping and Deployment of a Therapeutic Pan-Coronavirus Fusogenix DNA Vaccine Engineered to Eliminate ADE.
Dr. John Lewis
University of Alberta
RNS Funding Contribution: $50,000
Key Words: DNA, Vaccine, COVID-19, Fusogenix 

Project: A Comparison of Novel Integrated Gown, Hood and Face Shield (Halifax Gown) Personal Protective Equipment With Standard Personal Protective Equipment.
Dr. Peter MacDougall
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: 15,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, PPE, integrated gown, hood and face shield, PPE 

Project: Targeted Health Law & Policy Interventions for an Efficient, Effective and Equitable Response to COVID-19
Dr. Constance MacIntosh & Dr. Matthew Herder
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, law, policy, deficiencies, gaps, health systems improvement 

Project: Slowing the spread of COVID-19: developing anti-viral coatings for plastic-based packaging.
Dr. Beth Mason & Dr. Avik Khan
Verschuren Centre
RNS Funding Contribution: $44,500
Funding Partners: New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)
Key Words: COVID-19, anti-viral coatings, plastic, packaging, nano-technology, virus 
https://researchns.ca/2020/06/29/slowing-the-spread-of-covid-19-developing-anti-viral-coatings-for-plastic-based-packaging/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/plastic-packaging-could-kill-virus-1.5644012

Project: Temperature Effects on Coronavirus Replication
Dr. Craig McCormick
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $30,360
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, coronavirus replication, temperature effects, cellular response, infection, vaccine 

Project: Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry: Guiding the Phased Reopening of Primary Oral Health Care Service Delivery in Nova Scotia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Mary McNally
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $25,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, pandemic, dentistry, oral healthcare delivery, health systems improvement 

Project: Use of an App to Determine Mental Health of Population and Health Providers During COVID
Dr. Sandra Meier
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, app, application, mental health, population, health providers, clinical data, social distancing, social sciences 
https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/05/28/ask-an-expert–sandra-meier-on-the-importance-of-maintaining-soc.html
https://medicine.dal.ca/news/2020/09/03/dr__sandra_meier_uses_smartphone_research_to_study_impacts_of_covid_19.html

Project: Right Care, Right Time, Right Place: Leveraging a Virtual Care Solution in the Delivery of Community-Based Care for COVID-19 Patients
Dr. Ashley Miller
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health
Total Project Value: $73,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, virtual care, community-based care, patients, health systems improvement 
https://www.nshealth.ca/news/launching-virtual-care-solutions-province-wide
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/test-positive-covid-19-home-monitoring-1.6022076
https://globalnews.ca/news/7835394/halifax-global-news-morning-show-host-covid-19/
https://vimeo.com/568578688/6dd8a63e7c

Project: Development of Point-of-Care Rapid SARS CoV-2 Detection System based on Surface Acoustic Wave Technology Platform.
Dr. Martin Mkandawire
Cape Breton University (CBU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $74,988
Key Words: COVID-19, point-of-care, rapid testing 
https://www.cbu.ca/newsroom/releases/development-of-rapid-covid-19-detection-system-based-on-surface-acoustic-wave-technology-platform/

Project: Physical Distancing and Medical Distancing: Reducing the Cardiac and Neurovascular Impact of COVID‐19
Dr. Ratika Parkash
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health
Total Project Value: $73,750
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, physical distancing, medical distancing, cardiac, neurovascular, morbidity, mortality, patients 
https://www.qe2times.ca/new-crunching-the-numbers-321
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/heart-attacks-stroke-prevention-health-care-research-1.5977964

Project: COVID-19 Viral Shedding Study
Dr. Glenn Patriquin
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $25,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, viral shedding, upper respiratory tract, patients, discovery sciences, disease severity 

Project: Expression and Purification of the Spike Protein (S) of Covid19 Virus for Diagnostic Purposes and Production of Live Attenuated Viral Vaccines
Dr. Christopher Richardson
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $25,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, spike protein, immune diagnostic, discovery sciences, vaccine 

Project: Project to determine if UV-C light can reduce infections in Long-Term Care facilities.
Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
Nova Scotia Health
RNS Funding Contribution: $1,339,132
Key Words: UV-C light, COVID-19, long-term care, infections, respiratory 
https://researchns.ca/2021/02/17/research-team-to-determine-if-uv-light-can-reduce-infections-in-long-term-care-facilities/#:~:text=The%20study%20will%20take%20place,residents%20will%20be%20closely%20monitored.
https://globalnews.ca/news/8374715/northwood-uv-c-light-reduce-viral-infection-seniors/

Project: Understanding How Grades of Frailty Affect the Evolution of COVID
Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $73,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, frailty, fitness, disease 
https://www.nshealth.ca/news/nova-scotias-clinical-frailty-scale-used-world-wide-when-making-decisions-about-treating-frail

Project: Internists Crisis Support for PCPs in LTC: making connections during COVID-19
Dr. Nabha Shetty & Dr. Paige Moorhouse
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health
Total Project Value: $47,531.25
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, health systems improvement, crisis support, primary care providers, long-term care residents, outbreaks 

Project: Development of Airborne Pathogen Containment Device for Airway Instrumentation
Dr. Ana Sjaus
Dalhousie University, IWK Health, Nova Scotia Health
Total Project Value: $30,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, airborne, pathogen, containment, airway instrumentation, discovery sciences, device, infectious patients 

Project: Sociocultural and behavioural factors affecting communities’ response to countermeasures for COVID-19 epidemic: identifying interventions to build trust.
Dr. Audrey Steenbeek
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000
Key Words: COVID-19, sociocultural, public health, adoption, acceptance, interventions 
https://link.springer.com/article/10.17269/s41997-022-00667-z

Project: UV Disinfection Protocol for N95 Masks
Dr. Amina Stoddart
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $31,673
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, UV disinfection, N95 masks, discovery sciences, ultraviolet light 
https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/08/10/a-new-method-of–light–cleaning-for-critical-protective-equipme.html

Project: Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 Among Hemodialysis Patients
Dr. Karthik Tennankore
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health
Total Project Value: $43,103.36
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, hemodialysis patients, clinical outcomes, health systems improvement 

Project: Massive High Throughput COVID-19 Testing Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS): Addressing the Urgent Need for Widescale Testing Capacity Within Communities.
Dr. Nikhil Thomas
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $60,000
Funding Partners: Genome Canada
Key Words: COVID-19, testing, DNA, molecular barcodes 

Project: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians living with mental illness, and their children.
Dr. Rudolf Uher
Nova Scotia Health
RNS Funding Contribution: $50,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health (NSH), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
Key Words: COVID-19, mental illness, mental health, social isolation, disruption of sleep, activity rhythm, unemployment, economic downturns 

Project: A Culturally Specific COVID -19 Response Strategy for African Nova Scotians in the Prestons
Dr. Ingrid Waldron
Dalhousie University
Total Project Value: $75,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, culturally specific, response strategy, African Nova Scotians, clinical services, health promotion, race-based health data, social sciences 
https://researchinfosource.com/cil/2020

Project: Developing a Fast-Track COVID-19 Vaccine and an Antibody ELISA Assay with High Specificity and Sensitivity
Dr. Jun Wang
Dalhousie University, IWK Health
Total Project Value: $35,000
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, vaccine, antigen, commercial quadrivalent, influenza virus vaccine, discovery sciences 

Project: Exploration of Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 State of Emergency Measures on Infant Feeding in Nova Scotia
Dr. Kyly Whitfield
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $9,918
Funding Partners: Nova Scotia Health Research Coalition, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Foundation, IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF)
Key Words: COVID-19, stress, primary caregivers, infants, infant feeding, social sciences 
https://researchns.ca/2021/04/07/study-highlights-impact-of-state-of-emergency-measures-on-infant-and-caregiver-wellbeing/
https://researchns.ca/2020/05/08/does-the-covid-19-state-of-emergency-measures-impact-infant-feeding-in-nova-scotia/
https://researchns.ca/episode3/