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Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and the University of Northern British Columbia are collaborating on five research projects through the Interior University Research Coalition (IURC). The projects are pandemic-related, and focus on a range of issues, including mental health, telehealth programs, technology, and increasing the lifespan of N95 masks through a responsible and innovative research model. “When researchers from different institutions collaborate across disciplines, the research outcomes benefit from different perspectives and synergies that result from cross-institutional collaboration,” said Kathy Lewis, acting VP, research at UNBC. “These projects are fantastic examples of what’s possible when researchers from across the B.C. Interior come together and seek solutions to pressing public health concerns.”

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