Announcement: Flattening the Curve: UM researchers launch province’s first clinical trial to combat COVID-19


Announcement: Flattening the Curve: UM researchers launch province’s first clinical trial to combat COVID-19

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Announcement: Flattening the Curve: UM researchers launch province’s first clinical trial to combat COVID-19

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University of Manitoba researchers announced Manitoba's first clinical trial to test whether a malaria drug can prevent people from contracting COVID-19. They are urging volunteers from Manitoba, Quebec, and Alberta to step forward to participate in this study if they meet the following:

  • People with confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, their symptoms began in the past four days and they are self-isolating at home.
  • Live with a person with COVID-19, the exposure occurred within the past four days and they have no symptoms.
  • Healthcare workers with moderate to high-risk contact with a patient known to have COVID-19 and the contact occurred within the past four days.

This collaborative study is being conducted through the University of Manitoba, along with researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, the University of Alberta and the University of Minnesota.

Excerpt from UM Today:

The clinical trial — which will take place in Manitoba, Quebec, Alberta and the United States — is innovative by design. Participants won’t visit the researchers because of the contagious nature of the disease. Instead, the drug or placebo, will be shipped to the participant the day after they are determined eligible and are enrolled in the trial thanks to the generous support of Purolator Canada. The participant will then take the study intervention for five days.

“The ultimate goal is to have as many Manitobans enrolled in the clinical trial as fast possible so that there are therapeutic options during the pandemic — not for the next pandemic, but this one,” said Zarychanski, senior scientist, Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology. “So by getting trials started quickly we will know, in short order, if these unproven drugs work and we should then offer them to everyone.”

For the full article, visit: https://news.umanitoba.ca/flattening-the-curve-um-researchers-launch-provinces-first-clinical-trial-to-combat-covid-19/

For more information and to get involved, visit: www.covid-19research.ca