Covid Media Experts

Please note that many of our researchers are busy at the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and may not be able to accommodate all media interviews. In that case, their responses may be delayed. 

AGING
BEHAVIOURAL & PSYCHOLOGY
BUSINESS/FINANCIAL
COVID RESEARCH 
ECONOMICS
EMPLOYMENT/LABOUR/SOCIAL POLICY
ENVIRONMANTAL
EPIDEMIOLOGY
ETHICS
FOOD SAFETY & SUPPLY CHAIN
HEALTH SERVICES
HISTORICAL
INDIGENOUS
INFECTIOUS DISEASES
INFECTIOUS DISEASES - TRAVEL
INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Expert

Title

COVID-related expertise


AGING

Benedict C. Albensi
204-235-3942
balbensi@sbrc.ca

 

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Scientist, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre; Affiliate, Centre on Aging; Manitoba Dementia Research Chair

Aging, dementia, memory, Alzheimers, inflammation and the brain, neurocognitive disorders, memory disorders

Christine Kelly
204-889-1191
Christine.kelly@umanitoba.ca

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Home care

Celine Latulipe
431-887-6441
celine.latulipe@umanitoba.ca

 

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

What happens when older adults are forced to conduct important activities (banking, shopping, health visits, etc.) online because they need to socially distance or shelter in place?

Michelle Lobchuk
1-204-474-7135
Michelle.Lobchuk@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Informal caregivers, empathic communication, caregiver wellness, caregiver skill-building, stigmatized conditions

Michelle Porter
Michelle.Porter@umanitoba.ca

 

Director, Centre on Aging; Professor, Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Ageism, inter-generational support


BEHAVIOURAL & PSYCHOLOGY

Leslie E. Roos
204-474-8746
leslie.roos@umanitoba.ca

 

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts; Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Multi-modal techniques to examine how acute and chronic stress affect children’s self-regulatory function. The goal of this work is to inform the development of targeted interventions that can mitigate negative outcomes linked to early adversity and promote positive adjustment across mental health, behaviour, and achievement domains.

Christine Van Winkle
204-474-8647
christine.vanwinkle@umanitoba.ca

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Recreation Management

leading a Federally funded, multi-province research project that looks at the use of mobile devices in everyday and festival contexts


BUSINESS/FINANCIAL

Shiu-Yik ("Yik") Au
204-474-9783
yik.au@umanitoba.ca

 

Assistant Professor, Accounting & Finance, Asper School of Business
Financial impacts of pandemic

Chi Liao
204-474-9486
chi.liao@umanitoba.ca

Assistant Professor, Accounting & Finance, Asper School of Business

Investment decision-making and behavioural finance

Fang Wan
204-474-7545
fang.wang@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Marketing, Asper School of Business

Consumer Behavior in Online Environments, Advertising and Persuasion, Consumer Information Processing, Cross-Cultural Consumer Psychology.


COVID RESEARCH

Julien Arino
Julien.Arino@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Studies the global spread of emerging pathogens such as SARS or pandemic influenza by means of the global air transportation network. For this purpose, we have assembled an extensive database detailing almost all trips using commercial air travel for the past few years. We use this data to assess the likelihood that a new pathogen will "go global" and what are its likely first targets.

Myrle Ballard
Indigenous Scholar
204-474-6230
myrle.ballard@umanitoba.ca

Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

kitatipithitamak mithwayawin: Indigenous-Led Planning and Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other Pandemics Then, Now, and Into the Future

Nediljko Budisa
Nediljko.Budisa@umanitoba.ca

Canada Research Chair in  in Chemical Synthetic Biology, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Developing nanotechnology for use re  COVID-19

S. Michelle Driedger
204-789-3936
Michelle.Driedger@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; former Canada Research Chair in Health Risk Communications

Public and health risk communication, risk perception, and knowledge translation under conditions of uncertainty, the study of how new and emerging risk and public health controversies develop in science, policy and public forums.
The paradox of precaution: Examining public health COVID-19 outbreak management strategies

Brian Mark
204-480-1430
204-474-6574
brian.mark@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Microbiology, Faculty of Science

Revealing weaknesses in bacteria and viruses that can be exploited as new therapeutic targets to treat infectious disease.

Stephane McLachlan
204-293-4500
Steph.McLachlan@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Environment & Geography, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

kitatipithitamak mithwayawin: Indigenous-Led Planning and Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other Pandemics Then, Now, and Into the Future

Verena Menec
Verena.Menec@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences – former Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) - Effects of COVID-19 on older adults

Adolf Ng
204-474-6594
adolf.ng@umanitoba.ca

 

Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management, Asper School of Business

An Investigation on Epidemic Logistical Response and Planning: The Case of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Bradley Pickering
204-789-7620
bradley.pickering@Canada.ca

 

Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Canadian Centre for Human and Animal Health

Development of field-deployable and point-of-need diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 using CRISPR-based technology

Xiao-Jian Yao
204-977-5677
xiao-jian.yao@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Development of a novel DC-targeting vaccine that targets COVID-19 spike protein to control COVID-19 infection

Ryan Zarychanski
204-787-1992
rzarychanski@cancercare.mb.ca

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine/Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Scientist, Research Institute of Oncology & Hematology, CancerCare Manitoba

https://www.covid-19research.ca/

Manitoba’s first clinical trial to test whether a malaria drug can prevent people from contracting COVID-19.


ECONOMICS

Wayne Simpson
204-253-1553
Wayne.Simpson@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Economics and Econometrics, Faculty of Arts

Labour economics, employment and social policy, federal assistance initiatives (CERB, boosts to the CCB and GST credit, the wage subsidy program) 


EMPLOYMENT/LABOUR/SOCIAL POLICY
David Camfield
204-775-0265
David.Camfield@umanitoba.ca

Associate Professor, Labour Studies and Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Income support programs; workers' rights; pandemic-related workplace health and safety; the pandemic and the future of work and society


ENVIRONMENTAL

Nicola Koper
Nicola.Koper@umanitoba.ca

Professor, Natural Resources Institute, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources

COVID-19 related travel restrictions on migratory birds and species at risk


EPIDEMIOLOGY

Timothy Booth
204-789-2022
Tim.Booth@phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

Adjunct Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases; Director, Viral Diseases Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada. Chief of Bloodborne Pathogens and Hepatitis section, Enteroviruses and Gastroenteritis Virus section and the Viral Pathology section.

Viral diseases and public health; diagnosis and epidemiology of virus infections; virus structure, evolution, morphogenesis and pathogenesis; diagnostic imaging of infectious disease; modes of transmission of viral infections; aerobiology of virus transmission; intervention strategies including anti-virals and vaccines.


ETHICS

Neil McArthur
Neil.McArthur@umanitoba.ca

 

Director, Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics. Associate Professor, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts

Ethical issues relating to: politics and government; personal behaviour; technology; gender and sexual behaviour; medical ethics


FOOD SAFETY & SUPPLY CHAIN

Derek G. Brewin
204-474-8702
derek.brewin@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor & Head, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Agricultural finance, marketing and risk management

Claudia Narvaez
204-474-6658
Claudia.NarvaezBravo@umanitoba.ca

 

Assistant Professor, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Presence of bacterial contaminants in meats and produce

Barry Prentice,
204-474-9766 or 204-261-5666
barry.prentice@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Supply Chain Management, Asper School of Business Supply chain management

HEALTH SERVICES
David Butler-Jones
204-789-7058
david.butler-jones@canada.ca

Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Senior Medical Officer-Ottawa, and Regional Public Health Specialist- Atlantic, with First Nations Inuit Health, Health Canada

Population and public health, organizational delivery of health services, determinants of health

Alan Katz
204-789-3442
Alan.Katz@cpe.umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Director, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Primary Care delivery, including quality of care indicators, knowledge translation and disease prevention.


HISTORICAL
Esyllt Jones
204-471-1546
Esyllt.Jones@umanitoba.ca

Professor, History, Faculty of Arts. Professor, Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Member of the Royal Society of Canada Covid-19 Task Force

History of pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases; popular responses and unrest during epidemics; family, grief and mourning.


INDIGENOUS

Linda Larcombe
204-975-7726
llarcombe@hsc.mb.ca

 

Associate Professor, Internal of Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Study of genetic, socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease susceptibility and resistance in Canadian Indigenous populations.

Pam Orr
204-787-7029
porr@hsc.mb.ca

 

Professor, Medicine (Section of Infectious Diseases), Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Indigenous and circumpolar health with special interest in infectious diseases, social determinants of health and health care delivery, health and justice

Shirley Thompson
204-474-7170 / 204-291-8413
s.thompson@umanitoba.ca

Associate Professor, Natural Resources Institute, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Preventative policy and possible impacts on First Nations related to COVID-19

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Marissa Becker
(location: India)
marissa.becker@umanitoba.ca

 

Associate Professor, Medicine, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and Community Health Sciences

Public Health, Infectious Diseases

James Blanchard
204-977-5603

Professor, Community Health Sciences, Director, Centre for Global Public Health, CRC in Epidemiology and Global Public

Global health, how individuals, communities and large populations contribute to local/global distribution of communicable/non-communicable diseases

Jingxin Cao
204-789-3976
jingxin.cao@phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

Adjunct Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Research Scientist, Division of Viral Diseases

Understanding how cells react to defend a virus infection, how virus counteracts cellular defense to replicate in host cells. Goal is to design better therapeutic/prophylactic agents for viral infectious diseases.

Kevin Coombs
204-789-3976
Kevin.Coombs@umanitoba.ca

 

Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Microbiology, Adjunct Professor, Physiology, Scientist, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Virus structure, function, assembly, and pathogenesis.

John Embil
204-787-4654
jembil@hsc.mb.ca

 

Professor, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Director, Infection Prevention and Control Unit, Health Sciences Centre

Nosocomial infections, their prevention, transmission and epidemiology, infections in the lower extremities of persons with diabetes, blastomycosis, new drug development, clinical trials with new antimicrobial agents, wound healing

Keith Fowke
204-789-3818
Keith.Fowke@umanitoba.ca

 

Head and Professor, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases; Professor, Community Health Sciences; Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Defining the role of pre-existing humoral and cellular immunity to influenza (including H1N1), disease outcomes, immune responses to vaccine and exposure.

Gregory Hammond
204-896-1588
dr.greghammond@icloud.com

Professor, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dynamics of communicable diseases, various public health issues for the population of Manitoba including burden of illness analyses (eg. the impact of respiratory infections on hospitalization, important prior to the introduction of new accines); effectiveness, impact, and/or cost-benefit analysis (eg. immunization programs, screening, surveillance, STD control); description of new or emerging diseases

Yoav Keynan
204-480-1317
204-789-3926
Yoav.Keynan@umanitoba.ca

 

Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Study of the innate and adaptive (T and B cell) immune responses to influenza infection and vaccination with emphasis on factors associated with Influenza cross-protection and disease severity, clinical management of infectious diseases

Jason Kindrachuk
204-789-3807
Jason.Kindrachuk@umanitoba.ca

 

Assistant Professor, Viral Pathogenesis, Medical Microbiology &*Infectious Diseases, Canada Research Chair – Molecular pathogenesis of emerging & re-emerging viruses, Associate Professor - Department of Biochemistry, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone

Characterization of the molecular pathogenesis of emerging and re-emerging viruses (ex. Ebola virus, influenza viruses) that impact Canadian and global public health. Clinical manifestations of disease.

Darwyn Kobasa
204-789-6046
darwyn.kobasa@canada.ca

 

Adjunct Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Research Scientist, Respiratory Viruses, Viral Diseases Division, Public Health Agency of Canada

Focused on the pathogenesis of respiratory viruses, primarily the influenza virus with emphasis on viral molecular determinants of virulence and host factors that contribute to severe disease

Evelyn Lo
204-237-2948
elo@sbgh.mb.ca

 

Assistant Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Nosocomial infections: epidemiology, prevention and transmission, quality improvement in reducing ventilator associated pneumonia. Infectious Diseases

Hana Weingartl
204-789-2027
hana.weingartl@inspection.gc.ca

 

Adjunct Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine. Head, Special Pathogens Unit, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Emerging diseases, zoonotic viruses of veterinary importance, pathogenesis, virus-host interaction, animal models

John Wylie
204-945-7473
john.wylie@gov.mb.ca

 

Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and Community Health Sciences

Epidemiology of bacterial/viral pathogens, determine the transmission dynamics of these pathogens within groups or populations of people, translate that research into information useable by public health departments to improve or plan new public health control programs.


INFECTIOUS DISEASES - TRAVEL

Pierre Plourde
204-940-3606
pplourde@wrha.mb.ca

 

Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine.

Risks to Canadians travelling to foreign destinations, assessment of immigrants and refugees from developing countries, epidemiology of social sexual and IDU networks, epidemiology of enteric pathogens.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Ryan Cardwell
204-474-9609
Ryan.Cardwell@umanitoba.ca

Associate Professor, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

International Trade Policy; Food Policy; Development Economics