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Behind the Headlines: COVID and Our Children
As rates of infections within children soar in the U.S., and with fewer than 75 per cent of eligible children and teens fully vaccinated in Canada, COVID raises many questions for what the school year will look like.

What are the long-term effects of COVID-19 on children’s development and mental health? Will remote learning negatively affect students’ ability to learn in person? Are they more likely to become sick?

Moderated by award-winning health reporter and columnist, André Picard, join Candice Odgers (University of University of California Irvine), CIFAR Program Co-Director, Child & Brain Development and Brett Finlay (University of British Columbia), CIFAR Program Co-Director Humans & the Microbiome, as they take you behind the headlines, making sense of uncertain times, and discussing the latest studies around COVID-19 and children.

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Au-delà des grands titres : La COVID et nos enfants

Comme les taux d’infection chez les enfants sont en forte hausse aux États-Unis et que moins de 75 % des enfants et adolescents admissibles sont entièrement vaccinés au Canada, la COVID suscite de nombreuses questions quant au déroulement de l’année scolaire.

Quels sont les effets à long terme de la COVID-19 sur le développement et la santé mentale des enfants? L’apprentissage à distance aura-t-il un impact négatif sur la capacité des étudiants à apprendre en présentiel? Sont-ils plus susceptibles de tomber malades?

Animée par André Picard, journaliste spécialisé en santé et commentateur primé, cette conférence met en vedette Candice Odgers (Université de la Californie à Irvine), coresponsable du programme Développement du cerveau et de l’enfant du CIFAR, et Brett Finlay (Université de la Colombie-Britannique), coresponsable du programme Microbiome humain du CIFAR qui vous accompagneront au-delà des grands titres pour vous aider à mieux comprendre ces temps incertains et vous parler des dernières études sur la COVID-19 et les enfants.

Sep 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Montreal

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Speakers

André Picard
Moderator
André Picard is one of Canada’s top health & public policy observers and commentators. He has been a part of The Globe and Mail team since 1987, where he is a health reporter and columnist. He is also the author of five bestselling books. Picard is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.
Brett Finlay
Speaker
Brett Finlay is a microbiologist whose research explores the interaction between pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli, and their host cells. He is particularly interested in how the microbiome of humans can affect conditions such as asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies and cardiovascular disease. Finlay is also interested in treatment and prevention of infections such as the C. difficile bacteria. In 2003, he led the successful initiative to develop a SARS vaccine.
Candice Odgers
Speaker
Candice Odgers works in public policy, psychology and neuroscience. Her research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people.