CAS-CARF COVID-19 Research Program

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented attention to the risks faced by healthcare workers. Anesthesiologists have long been recognized as leaders in patient safety; it is essential that anesthesiologists extend their commitment to safety to ourselves and our health care teams. 

The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) and the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF) offer this unique funding opportunity to evaluate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the health and safety of health care workers. 

Two operating grants of $20,000 each to cover the direct, research-related costs will be offered to CAS members (staff and residents). 

Proposals are short: 2 pages text, 2 pages for references, figures, and tables, and 1 page for budget. A CIHR Canadian Common CV for the principal investigator must be appended to the proposal. 

The research project or program for which funding is requested must be clearly relevant to the health and safety of professionals providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research questions in areas such as, but not limited to, basic science, clinical care, implementation science, medical education, knowledge synthesis are eligible. It is essential that proposals clearly frame their research question and outcomes in terms of provider health and safety. 

Applications are now closed.

Congrats to the 2020 winners!


Dr Janet Martin, Western University

COVID-19 Infections, Complications and Deaths in Perioperative Physicians and Surgical Patients


Dr Ana Sjaus, Dalhousie University

Preliminary evaluation of a novel airborne pathogen containment device; reduction of ambient contamination during aerosol generating medical procedures

Dr Sjaus' Project description - We developed a testing protocol to evaluate the performance of containment or barrier devices for use during aerosolizing airway procedures on patients with a contagious respiratory illness. In our project, a novel containment device designed to protect the staff and facility from aerosolized pathogens will be subjected to this testing protocol. Because the spread of aerosol particles depends on movement of ambient air, we will first establish the patterns of airflow in each of the commonly encountered hospital environments – a negative pressure room and positive pressure rooms with high and low number of air exchanges. We will use computational fluid dynamics modelling which will allow us to determine the expected movement of aerosol and tracer gas released by simulated cough and fresh gas flow. We will then determine the best sampling locations to measure the tracer gas concentration and count aerosol particles while we perform airway procedures on a mannequin. We will gradually increase the internal device vacuum across a range flow rates to find the suction necessary to prevent staff exposure. We will establish which parts of the procedure are associated with the greatest exposure.
The evaluation protocol will be applicable in testing and development of any similar device. Our research team has been hard at work and we look forward to bringing the results of this project to our scientific and clinical communities.