Category Archives: COVID-19

Posts and information on COVID-19 for Meakins-Christie, RECRU, and RESP members.

Opinion: All levels of government must take decisive, co-ordinated action now before it's too late opinion piece by salman qureshi and colleagues from the critical care network

Stepping up to COVID-19

Read the opinion piece co-written by Dr. Faiz Ahmad Khan in the Hill Times – published March 25, 2020 here:

With the arrival of COVID-19, Canada’s health-care system is being tested as never before. Canadian leaders must elicit the assistance of private industry to ensure its continued success, as health-care supplies and equipment are rapidly depleted. A substantial increase in testing for the virus together with significant financial investments in research, aimed at a deeper understanding of the virus and development of a vaccine, should also be top priorities. Solid financial support for all those impacted by the virus will ensure a rapid return to normal once the crisis has abated. Maintaining open communication and collaboration between leaders, the government, and with partners across the board is the key to our ultimate success.

COVID-19 Code life ventilator challenge

Code Life Ventilator Challenge

In answer to the global shortage in mechanical ventilators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fondation Hôpital général de Montréal, Montreal General Hospital Foundation with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre launches the Code Life Ventilator Challenge.

Open to everyone around the world, the goal of this initiative is to design a low-cost, easy to build and easy to use ventilator that can serve the COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe.

The three finalists will share a cash prize of at least $200,000.00 CAD, and their designs will be available for free download to anyone who needs them, saving lives immediately.

The deadline to submit projects is March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm EST, so there is no time to lose!
Also, make sure to share that information with your network as the best ideas can come from anywhere.

Follow this link for more information and to participate in the challenge:

Opinion piece by Salman Qureshi and colleagues from the Critical Care Infectious Disease Network in Canada: All levels of government must take decisive, co-ordinated action now before it's too late

COVID-19 Need for coordinated action

Dr. Salman Qureshi and colleagues from the Critical Care – Infectious Diseases Network in Canada speak to the critical actions needed as we experience this public health crisis.

Read the full new article in the National Post published on March 17, 2020 here:

Canadian leaders can reduce the damage caused by COVID-19 to Canadians and Canadian society by paying close attention to decisions taken in countries currently experiencing severe outbreaks. Strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus amongst the population, minimizing the strain of our healthcare system at any one time, coupled with a sharing of resources across boundaries as the demand for health-care fluctuates, will together play an important role on the ultimate long-term effect of this virus on our society.

Meakins christie seminars and workshops are postponed until further notice

Seminar and Workshop Update

Please note that all Monday Research Seminars, our Work-in-Progress seminars, and our annual Meakins-Christie workshop have been postponed until further notice.

For the latest COVID-19 information and updates, please log into the RI PORTAL and select Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates at the top of the page.

On the RI Portal, you will find information on:
– Travel abroad and home isolation
– Directives for research at the RI-MUHC
– Restricted hospital access information
– MUHC Town Hall COVID-19
– Travel advisory

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the admin staff. We will be responding to emails.