In our season finale of The Line, we talked to a man who has taken on some of humankind’s worst diseases, and won. Dr. D. Lorne Tyrrell, ’68 MD, is the founding director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology and the renowned researcher who developed an effective treatment for Hepatitis B. Now, as he and other researchers race against time to battle COVID-19, Dr. Tyrrell shares a message of hope. Hear about the unprecedented global collaboration that may soon lead to the development of an antiviral that could change the course of the disease.
This episode was recorded on June 23, 2020. At the time, Alberta had had 7,781 cases of Covid-19.
The Line is a University of Alberta Alumni Association podcast
Hosted by: Matt Rea
Produced by: Matt Rea and Chloe Chalmers
Music: “Under Cover” by Wayne Jones
Read more about U of A researcher Dr. John Lewis and the two vaccines headed for human trials here:https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/made-in-alberta-covid-19-vaccine-prototypes-to-be-tested-on-humans-1.5001596
Read more about U of A’s work on the drug Remdesivir here:https://www.folio.ca/u-of-a-virology-lab-finds-drug-originally-meant-for-ebola-is-effective-against-a-key-enzyme-of-coronavirus-that-causes-covid-19/
Read the New Trail article on hope:https://www.ualberta.ca/newtrail/research/seeking-hope.html
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-line/id1504960888