Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an unprecedented demand for robust evidence to support policy, practice and personal decisions. The research community has rapidly responded to this need. So far over $3.5B of COVID research funding has been released. This has led to rapid discoveries relating to vaccines and therapeutics. However there has undoubtedly been waste in the research response with duplication of effort, variable quality of the science, and failure to address key areas (such as research on behavioural, environmental, social and systems interventions to reduce transmission). This presentation will focus on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of COVID research and consider what we can learn for future global challenges.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognise the evidentiary needs of societies when dealing with global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Identify examples of good research practices that have led to rapid scientific advances; and
  • Discuss opportunities to improve the research response during future global challenges.