A network of 50 sites across 14 countries will be used to study how COVID-19 looks in children.
Dr . Stephen Freedman is a emergency pediatric physician at the Alberta Children's Hospital and a University of Calgary researcher. He has received $788,000 through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research COVID-19 rapid response fund
. He will re-purpose his research network that is part of another ongoing study on children with respiratory conditions to focus specifically on the COVID pandemic. With the network and approvals already in place Dr. Freedman was well positioned to re-adjust his efforts and get additional value from the network. As coronavirus research ramps up around the world the emphasis has been on how it affects adults with less attention on children. His study has already enrolled new participants in Calgary and as the research effort expands he hopes to offer lessons learned for emergency rooms, policy makers, and to generally offer more evidence-based advice.
This podcast was prepared by freelance broadcaster Don Hill on Thursday, March 26th. As you'll hear from several references in the interview, the study is ramping up very quickly.