MBP Researchers Participate in Collaborative COVID-19 Research Project

Nov 12, 2020

Dr. Phyllis Billia and Dr. Tak MakDr. Phyllis Billia and Dr. Tak Mak

MBP scientists Dr. Phyllis Billia and Dr. Tak Mak are among a group of U of T researchers participating in a collaborative project aimed at establishing a better understanding of the inflammatory and cardiac impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

COVID-19 has proven to have a potentially adverse effect on the heart, particularity in those with a history of cardiovascular disease. There is also emerging evidence to suggest that the virus can also impact the brain, leading to possible neurological damage. UHN scientist Dr. Slava Epelman, who is leading the $959,000 project, believes this research could ultimately help the community develop vaccines and therapies aimed at diminishing these adverse health effects.

Learn more about this research project on the U of T News page.