SASKATOON University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of two COVID-19-related projects awarded major federal funding todayone to develop a unique saliva-based test for COVID-19 detection and the other to track COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will invest $1.2 million in the two projects, led by University of Regina (U of R) and McGill University respectively, through the CIHRs COVID-19 Rapid Response Program. More than $550,000 in funding will go to USask researchers at the USask College of Dentistry and the USask Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).
Unique saliva-based COVID-19 biomarker diagnostic test and prototype testing device
Dr. Walter Siqueira of the USask College of Dentistry will lead development of the new diagnostic test which detects SARS-CoV-2 peptides (proteins) in saliva, as part of a broader U of R-led project…..