$6.7 million to study the impacts of COVID-19 on children

$6.7 million to study the impacts of COVID-19 on children

28 April 2022

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos visits Montreal to announce a new investment in pediatric research.

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos was in Montreal on April 26 to announce a new investment of 6.7 million dollars by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The investment will create a Canada-wide research platform to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people. Minister Duclos said the platform will allow researchers, in pediatric centre’s across the country, to monitor COVID-19 infections, vaccination, and the social impact of the disease on children and youth. 

The platform is called POPCORN, which stands for Pediatric Outcomes Improvement through Coordination of Research Networks. Dr. Jesse Papenburg is the principal investigator of the POPCORN project at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), one of 16 research sites across Canada. Other RI-MUHC researchers with leadership roles include Drs. Patricia Fontela, Brett Burstein, Patricia Li and Evelyn Constantin, all members of the Child Health and Human Development Program (CHHD) at the RI-MUHC and clinicians at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.


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