Repurposing of FDA-approved drugs as novel therapeutics for COVID-19

  • Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
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Grant number: 170659

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  • Funder

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
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  • Research Location

    Canada, Americas
  • Lead Research Institution

    CIUSSS de Centre-Ouest-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal-Jewish General
  • Research Category

    Therapeutics research, development and implementation

  • Research Subcategory

    Pre-clinical studies

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Currently, there is no vaccine or effective therapeutics for COVID-19, which is caused by 2019-nCoV (now officially referred to as SARS-CoV-2). Tens of thousands of people get infected by SARS-CoV-2 and substantial percentage of them showed severe symptoms. Dr Wu's team proposed to rapidly screen database of FDA-approved drugs by computationally approaches and further evaluate the top-ranking candidates by an array of experimental assays. This project could rapidly lead to drug candidates for COVID-19.