Our COVID-19 stories

See our news section for all LMP stories and In the media for specific COVID-19 media mentions.

Below are highlighted stories and news related to COVID-19.

Our community and COVID-19

Forensic pathology and its role in COVID-19 in Ontario

The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS), led by Dr. Michael Pollanen, Professor in Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, performs over 7,000 coroner-ordered autopsies each year. The OFPS has played a vital role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An overview of some of the major developments in 2020.

Pathology residents step out from behind the microscope to help COVID patients

Several of our pathology residents were redeployed in the pandemic to work across the hospital and help with COVID-19 patient treatment. Find out what they thought of the experience.

Why do some patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 end up in the ICU and others not? A multidisciplinary study of COVID-19

Geneticist Dr. Jordan Lerner-Ellis, and Clinical Biochemist Dr. Jennifer Taher lead a study with 25 collaborators over six hospitals to answer some key questions.

Putting theory to the test: real-world experience teaches students to mind the gap

Students on the MHSc in Translational Research Program were concerned with rising cases among younger people in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of misinformation circulating. They created a program to educate high school students and enable them to influence their communities. 

Microbiology labs power pandemic response

Dr. Larissa Matukas, Head of Microbiology at St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto, talk about how their laboratory has scaled up work during COVID.

Research focus: Bo Wang and machine learning in biomedicine

Dr. Bo Wang is an expert in machine learning in medicine and discussed his research related to tracking COVID-19 genomic sequencing data and using AI tools to predict mortality and ICU rates.

AACC Issues Updated Recommendations on the Uses and Limitations of Coronavirus Antibody Tests

Dr. Lusia Sepiashvili was part of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry task force that put together recommendations for implementing and interpreting COVID-19 serology assays in clinical labs.


A rapid test but not a rapid solution for COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, an increasing number of testing devices are being released. Most recently, ‘rapid’ testing, some of which are point-of-care tests (POCT), has become a focus as priorities shift towards receiving faster results.

Dr. Vanessa Tran, Clinical Microbiologist at Public Health Ontario, Dr. Jennifer Taher, Clinical Biochemist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Jonathan Gubbay, Medical Microbiologist at Public Health Ontario look at rapid testing and what it means.

A simulated teaching environment years in the making gives students a COVID-safe space to learn

“This provides [MHSc in Laboratory Medicine] students with a fantastic learning opportunity. They get to develop their skills in a safe space where it’s ok to make mistakes. Once the students complete their studies and move into patient-facing care, they are as well trained and prepared as they can possibly be,” explains Dr. Heather Shapiro.

Completing a Masters in infectious disease during COVID-19: making a difference for frontline healthcare workers

Ryan Hiebert tells about the COVID-19 research he's been involved in as a MSc research student in LMP.

Microbiologists: the unsung heroes of the pandemic

Two microbiologists explain more about COVID-19 testing and what it has been like to be part of the frontline in the battle against the pandemic.

COVID-19 news from LMP

Clinical trial on a plate: Researchers to create new “breathing” lung model to study illnesses like COVID-19 (August 2021) McMaster University

Moderna gives bigger antibody boost than Pfizer in elderly: U of T researchers. (August 2021) UofT News

Spotlight On Associate Professor Clinton Robbins. He is part of a group recently awarded funding to help better characterize the inflammatory and cardiac effects of COVID-19.

Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist, publishes a paper on Postmortem radiologic and pathologic findings in COVID-19: The Toronto experience with pre-hospitalization deaths in the community

With an eye on COVID-19 variants, U of T, Sinai Health researchers design next-gen sequencing platform (March 2021) UofT News

With province's support, U of T researchers to explore key questions about masks and COVID-19 (January 2021) UofT News

Better, but far from over: U of T experts share their COVID-19 outlooks for the year ahead (January 2021) UofT News

LMP researchers find clues about COVID-19 virus immunity (December 2020)

Undergraduates showcasing the scientific solutions to COVID-19 (December 2020)

LMP's Slava Epelman and Clinton Robbins part of large U of T group receiving funding for COVID-19 research (November 2020)

Allison McGeer collaborates on study showing Coronavirus antibodies last at least three months (October 2020)

Canadian Scientists Develop Platform to Track Changes in Genetic Structure of COVID-19 Virus (June 2020) Temerty Faculty of Medicine news

U of T researchers seek to understand the novel coronavirus on a 'deep molecular level' (May 2020)

U of T plays leading role in effort to develop COVID-19 treatment (April 2020)

U of T and McMaster researchers at Sunnybrook Hospital isolate virus behind COVID-19 (March 2020)

Dr Samira Mubareka discusses COVID-19 in the Temerty Talk ‘Science on the Front Line: COVID-19 and Beyond’ (November 2020)