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Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats


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Global Nexus Conversations: The Intersections of Race and Healthcare Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researchers and community experts discuss the intersections of race and healthcare, especially in the context of COVID-19.

An interview with Chandrima Chakraborty Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus co-lead Chandrima Chakraborty talks about how anti-asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic reveals how little has changed when it comes to everyday racism against Asians Canadians and other racialized minorities.

Global Nexus Conversations: The vax scene – Understanding the factors in vaccine uptake Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researchers and community experts discuss the factors in vaccine uptake.

Global Nexus Conversations: Masks, closures and convoys Learn More

The Conversation @ MAC: Vaccine Confidence in an Era of COVID Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus experts Dawn Bowdish, Zain Chagla and Clifton van der Linden, along with McMaster’s Manali Mukherjee, talk about vaccine hesitancy and how to address it in this online panel hosted by McMaster and the Conversation Canada.

COVID-19 Policy Forum: Testing and Tracing Learn More

Why was Canada initially slow to ramp up COVID-19 testing? How could Canada’s testing capacity and reporting be improved? Canada’s Global Nexus experts discuss this and more in part one of a three part policy forum presented in partnership with the Lung Health Foundation.

COVID-19 Policy Forum: Lessons from COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Rollout Learn More

Why did Canada lack the capacity to domestically produce vaccines? Did Canadian jurisdictions fall short in their initial vaccine rollout process? In part three of this three part series, Global Nexus Researchers discuss these questions and more.

WATCH: Outbreaks, Vaccines and Immunity – Inside Canada’s long-term care homes Learn More

Global Nexus researchers Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa recently joined health columnist André Picard to talk about the impact and implications of the pandemic when it comes to residents in long-term care.

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Understanding COVID-19 variants of concern Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researcher Andrew McArthur talks about the risks posed by COVID-19 variants and what Canadians need to do to stay safe.

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Overcoming vaccine hesitancy Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researcher Matt Miller talks about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines Learn More

Researcher Matthew Miller explains some of the basics about the COVID-19 vaccines and what to expect as they roll out

COVID Variants and Vaccines Learn More

Matthew Miller, associate professor, biochemistry and biomedical sciences, explains the UK variant of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of vaccines against other mutations of the virus.

Coping during COVID Learn More

Sociologist Marisa Young talks about the impact COVID–19 has had on mental health and offers tips for coping during the pandemic.

Advancing Canadian-made PPE Learn More

McMaster is home to the Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials, Canada’s first and only research hub dedicated to developing, testing and validating personal protective equipment.

The basics of staying fit during a pandemic Learn More

The gym is closed, and you’re stuck at home. The good news? There’s really only five basic exercises (5BX) you need to stay fit. In this short video, researcher Martin Gibala talks about 5BX and how it shouldn’t be hard to stay fit — even at home.

This isn’t the first pandemic and it won’t be the last Play Video

Infectious disease researcher Gerry Wright and virologist Karen Mossman explain how Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats is leading the way in responding to the current COVID–19 pandemic and in preparing for the next.

MacTalks: Infectious disease experts on preventing the next pandemic Play Video

The MacTalks series continues with Preventing the Next Pandemic, featuring Gerry Wright, the lead of Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats and author and journalist Maryn McKenna, a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University.

Crushing COVID-19 with saliva testing Play Video

Eric Brown, a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, explains how saliva testing could hold the key for widespread, accessible COVID-19 testing — which could then help health authorities beat the pandemic once and for all.

Fighting a deadly complication of COVID-19 Play Video

Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud is the scientific director of a new national network that focuses on improving the treatment and outcome for patients with sepsis — a dangerous immune response that is one of the leading causes of death in patients with COVID-19.

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Returning to sports Play Video

As sporting events open up, how do elite athletes return to their sports without risking injury? Kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips explains what they’ll have to consider.

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The ergonomics of working from home Play Video

Peter Keir, professor of kinesiology, provides some tips for working from home safely and comfortably.

Superbug resistance: Some practical tips Play Video

Biochemistry and biomedical sciences professor Lori Burrows provides some tips for making sure the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t lead to widespread antimicrobial resistance.

AMR: A slow-moving pandemic Play Video

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors were treating patients with severe cases of the virus with antibiotics — and that’s a problem, explains biochemistry and biomedical sciences professor Lori Burrows, whose research focuses on antimicrobial resistance.

Testing challenges Play Video

Infectious disease researcher Zain Chagla, who works in McMaster’s Department of Medicine, explains the challenges — and necessity of widespread testing for COVID-19.

Climate and COVID-19 Play Video

An international team of researchers, led by geography and earth science professor Antonio Páez, has found that while higher heat and humidity can slow the spread of COVID-19, longer hours of sunlight are associated with a higher incidence of the disease.

Mental health strategies Play Video

Professor of psychiatry Randi McCabe talks about the overall strategies for maintaining good mental health in uncertain times.

Need to Know: Staying Healthy Play Video

Matthew Miller, a biochemistry researcher with McMaster’s Institute for Infectious Disease Research, outlines what people need to do to keep themselves — and others — healthy.

Challenges facing long-term care Play Video

Henry Siu, a professor of family medicine at McMaster and the attending physician at a Hamilton long-term care home, explains why the COVID-19 pandemic is so dangerous for nursing homes.

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Move it or lose it Play Video

Stuart Phillips, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, explains ways to stay fit during the pandemic — and why it’s important to keep moving.

Tips to protect your mental health Play Video

Randi McCabe, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, offers practical tips for establishing a routine that can help you cope with the mental health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exercise to cope with stress Play Video

Jennifer Heisz, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, talks about how exercise can help reduce stress and improve mental health.

Need to Know: Hand Washing Play Video

Zain Chagla, an infectious disease researcher with McMaster’s Department of Medicine, explains the most effective way of washing your hands.

Lessons from SARS Learn More

What we can — and can’t — predict about the COVID-19 pandemic based on lessons learned from the SARS outbreak in 2003.