University of Alberta virologist awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Michael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus.

His discovery with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety, and hepatitis C treatment to the point where the viral infection can now be cured in virtually all patients.

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Tec de Monterrey: David Garza Salazar and the art of taking over during an emergency

For the Tec’s executive president, the focus has been on taking care of people’s health, guaranteeing academic continuity, and contributing to mitigating the impact.

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” The phrase comes from the world of boxing, but it also applies outside of the ring.

On July 1, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, David Garza Salazar took over as executive president of Tec de Monterrey. It was a planned succession, but SARS-CoV-2 changed his plans. It was a blow.

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Education During COVID-19 and Beyond: Auckland VC comments on UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief

The impact of COVID-19 is causing unprecedented disruption to higher education everywhere. Within a matter of days or weeks, campuses around the world fell silent as countries went into lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. Universities were required to develop rapid and creative responses that enabled them to continue to deliver teaching and learning when no staff or students could access a physical campus.

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Setting a new standard for COVID-19 testing

With a potentially large proportion of COVID-19 cases showing no symptoms but still infectious, sensitive and accurate methods of testing for the virus are essential to reduce the dangers of transmission within communities. A newly established WUN research group is helping to refine testing methods of testing for SARS-Cov-2.

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International Development Program for Early Career Researchers

WUN, in collaboration with UNESCO and the UNSDSN, will hold a series of free virtual networking workshops for early career researchers under the theme of 'developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development'. The workshops will bring together early career researchers from all around the world interested in establishing connections to colleagues in their field.

Click through to learn more about this exciting program and to register for the inaugrural event.

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Healthy cities and community needs: reconfiguring public spaces in the age of pandemics

Some of the most striking spaces of the twentieth century were conceived with the modernist ambition to make urban living healthier. In the twenty-first century, the COVID-19 crisis and the changing use of public space is encouraging a return to such thinking. These debates have crystallised discussions of how to make public spaces work best for local communities—questions that the WUN group on sustainable, healthy cities has been exploring in their research and practice for several years.  Click through to discover more.

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Policies for pandemic response: how is evidence shaping action?

Researchers and policy experts from across the globe are collaborating to monitor and analyse the role of evidence in policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their data cover more than 100 countries, publicly accessible in the INGSA COVID-19 Evidence-to-Policy Tracker. Click through to read more about this WUN-supported initiative.

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WUN Profile: Martin Paul completes his term as chair

During his productive term as Chair of the Partnership Board, Martin Paul (President of Maastricht University) challenged WUN to think harder and more sharply about the areas in which it can be most valuable. While it was founded to harness the benefits of multilateral collaboration in research, in recent years WUN has developed additional ways to benefit its members. ‘With networks you benefit from them only if you are an active partner,’ a belief that underpinned his engagement with and investment in WUN.

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