“Mission-Pivot:” The not-so-gradual shift to essential COVID-19 research at Canadian universities

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  • Entela Zaffino says:

    Great article Julie. Many researchers are wondering about the long term impact the pandemic will have on their work. Research in many hospitals across the country, including SickKids where I currently work, has either been put on hold or switched focus. While finding a cure for COVID-19 is extremely important, it is also important to not completely eliminate opportunities for other life-saving research such as pediatric cancer research. Thank you for sharing your insightful thoughts with the research community.


Julie Gilbert


Julie Gilbert is currently a healthcare consultant with over 25 years of experience in applied health services research and implementation science. She worked for over 11 years at Cancer Care Ontario (now Ontario Health) where she created and managed a program in research and evaluation, and helped shape the agency’s research strategy.  Most recently, she was Research Director and Chair at Humber River Hospital. Julie has a Masters degree in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, both from the University of Toronto, where she now lectures and supervises graduate students.

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