2022 Winner: Outstanding Achievement in Health – Research
WINNER: Pan-Alberta Team Monitoring COVID-19 in Wastewater: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and EPCOR – represented by Dr. Xiao-Li (Lilly) Pang, University of Alberta and Dr. Casey Hubert, PhD, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary
Initiative: Alberta’s Wastewater COVID-19 Monitoring
The team identified and tracked what can be found in our wastewater and shared this critical information with the public. Using an efficient and economically effective method, the team uses molecular tracking technology to measure, in real time, the levels of COVID-19 in communities. This technology produces evidence-based data and can be used to measure other infections such as the flu, and is shared publicly to inform officials and citizens alike to make decisions about the health of their communities.
The Pan-Alberta COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program builds upon work that has been led by research teams from the University of Alberta and UCalgary respectively, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and EPCOR.