Shannon Majowicz, member of the WCMR and professor at the school of Public Health and Public Health Systems, University of Waterloo, has been awarded funding by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to study the economic and health risks associated with foodborne diseases.
Majowicz, along with other co-Principal Investigator Eleni Galanis, will be conducting a longitudinal cohort study across the population of British Columbia to determine the percentage of the population that develop serious consequences and the potential risks following a foodborne infection as well as the costs to the health care system, regardless of the state of vulnerability of these Canadians (young, old, pregnant etc.).
The results of this study will allow for accurate investments in making food safer, a more informed diagnosis and better treatment of patients by doctors. Long term, this will eventually result in the prevention of foodborne infections and their severe ramifications.