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Ontario’s COVID-19 Genomics Rapid Response Coalition 

 

    About    

To accelerate the genomic characterization and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ontario and to help expedite patient genome sequencing through a coordinated approach bringing together all of the province’s genomics resources and capacity to enable timely and comprehensive genomic analysis.

Genomics

Infrastructure

Standardized Sequencing Methodologies

Bioinformatics

Infrastructure

Data Management & Sharing

The ON-CoV Coalition is designed to provide for method standardization and coordination of:

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Collecting Patient Samples and Metadata

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Sequencing

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Data Curation and Management

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Epidemiological Studies 

This work will expedite real-time testing and reporting to inform public health and public policy, help manage and overcome the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and ensure scalability for Ontario’s future pandemics preparedness.

Why Genomics?

Genomic technologies are the foundation for the solutions necessary to combat the ongoing COVID-19

pandemic. Ontario’s world-leading expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, genomics epidemiology, and artificial intelligence, can expedite Ontario’s response to COVID-19. 

The results reported by the Coalition will inform vaccine and therapeutic development.

Why Ontario Genomics?

Over the past 20 years, Ontario Genomics, together with the Ontario Government, Genome Canada, and academic, clinical and industry partners, has built a world-leading genomics ecosystem in Ontario with over $2.7B in funding leveraged for research, translation and the establishment of genomic technology platforms. 

Ontario Genomics is well-positioned to provide and promote:
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COLLABORATION
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LEADERSHIP
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EXPERTISE
 

    Members    

ONCoV Genomics Coalition Members

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Aaron Campigotto

University of Toronto

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Bettina Hamelin

Ontario Genomics

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Samira Mubareka

Sunnybrook Health Sciences / University of Toronto

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Danielle Brabant-Kirwan

Health Sciences North

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Robyn Lee

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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Letitia Nadalin Penno

Canadore College

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Nahuel Fittipaldi

Public Health Ontario

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Andrew G. McArthur

McMaster University

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Marc Fiume

DNAstack

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Allison McGeer

Sinai Health Systems

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Stephen Scherer

Hospital for Sick Children / University of Toronto

TCAG / CGEn

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Prameet M. Sheth

Kingston Health Sciences Centre / Queen’s University

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Jared Simpson

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

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Michael Szego

Unity Health Toronto / University of Toronto

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David Villeneuve

Canadore College

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Bo Wang

Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, UHN / University of Toronto

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Sarah Wootton

University of Guelph

 

We are proactively working with the research community, partner genome centres, and governments to accelerate the genomic characterization and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ontario. Learn more and stay up-to-date about our COVID-19 programs and important resources.

 

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November 15, 2022

Medical professionals say Ontario’s government has a lot of work to do to change those perceptions and encourage more masking, including sharing information and evidence at a community level about the effectiveness — including against influenza and other viruses.

In the summer of 2020, months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Samira Mubareka and her colleagues began testing wildlife in Ontario and Quebec for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Now, her team has identified a SARS-CoV-2 variant in white-tailed-deer, evidence of transmission.

November 14, 2022

October 22, 2022

Canada is heading into a potentially brutal winter as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, Omicron continues to rapidly mutate, and booster uptake remains stagnant — all at a time when flu season is returning and the health-care system is already under intense pressure. Dr. Allison McGeer, a medical microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and a member of our ONCoV Genomics Coalition, said the lack of booster uptake in Canada has been “worrying” so far, which she attributes to confusion over messaging around waiting three or six months.