On February 5th, UCAN CAN-DU held its Annual General Meeting virtually. It was amazing to see all of our colleagues and share news about UCAN CAN-DU progress.
We hope this message finds you well. Like you, the UCAN team continues to adapt to rapidly changing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and to look for ways we can help. A few updates:
- Updates and information will be emailed and posted and updated frequently on www.ucancandu.com. Please check back for the most current information.
- UCAN participant recruitment is paused at all Canadian sites.
- The Canadian UCAN biobank at SickKids is closed to receive samples due to COVID-19 measures. We will keep you all up to date on the status of the biobank.
- UCAN participant recruitment is currently active at sites in the Netherlands.
- The Dutch biobank at UMC Utrecht continues to be open to receive samples from Dutch sites but there is no shipment of material to other sites.
- The UCAN project management team is fully available to support communication with sites related to site agreements, ethics, and general onboarding questions.
- UCAN activities other than participant recruitment will continue to proceed, so do not be surprised with communications and invitations to participate in study activities that do not involve patient contact.
- We are looking at other ways to help – stay tuned
We are very proud to announce that members of our team are being recognized for their contributions to the scientific community.
In November, the work of UCAN bioinformatician Dr Simon Eng, under the supervision of Dr Rae Yeung and Dr Quaid Morris, was selected as one of the Arthritis Society’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2019!
Here’s the article from the Arthritis Society website.