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UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds 2020/21 recipients

25 February 2021

UCL academics received up £10,000 and their U of T counterparts received up to $15,000 for projects that address COVID-19 challenges

University of Toronto campus in summer

In this year's UCL-University of Toronto (U of T) Strategic Partner Funds, six joint projects were awarded funding for collaborative activities that address COVID-19 challenges.

Proposals were assessed by a committee composed of academic members from both institutions and for each successful proposal, UCL academics received up £10,000 and U of T academics received up to $15,000.

This is the fourth round of this annual funding call, which supports joint research initiatives between UCL academics and colleagues based at U of T, as part of the deep strategic partnership between the two institutions.

Dr Nigel Field (Institute for Global Health), one this year's recipients, said: "We are delighted to receive this funding, which gives us the opportunity to collaborate with the team from the University of Toronto on a topic that is particularly timely and important. Our project will look at the COVID-19 policy responses in both London and Toronto, with a focus on health equity. The breadth of expertise on both teams will allow us to tackle the research from a range of perspectives and will help us to connect with key stakeholders in both cities."

Congratulations to all the successful 2020/21 funding recipients:

UCL lead applicantFacultyProject

Dr Elizabeth Lomas

Arts & Humanities 

Economic, individual and societal impacts of pandemic responses on cities

Dr Dorina Cadar

Population Health Sciences

Is the use of metformin among COVID-19 patients with diabetes associated with better outcomes?

Professor Jessica Ringrose

Institute of Education

Developing online sexual harassment and abuse guidelines and workshops for under-18s during the COVID-19 pandemic in London and Toronto

Dr Nigel Field

Institute for Global Health

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic containment policies on health and health equity in London and Toronto

Professor Jennifer Pocock

Institute of Neurology

Cognitive neuroprotection in COVID-19 survivors with remote vibroacoustic therapy (VAT)

Dr Ahmed Rashid

Medical Sciences

Examining impacts of COVID-19 on established international capacity building relationships in health professions education

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