Clearing the Air

Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture
Theme: Innovation

A team of researchers from the Airborne Disease Transmission (ADT) Cluster of Research Excellence at UBC Okanagan are investigating the role of airflow, droplets and aerosols in the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The research involves carrying out various experiments in simulated real-world scenarios, such as classrooms, hospital rooms and dentist offices in order to identify how infectious particles travel in the air. The team hopes that its findings can be applied in developing technology to reduce the spread and infection of airborne diseases. Dr. Sunny Ri Li, Associate Professor and Research and Development Lead at the ADT Cluster of Research Excellence explains, “If we better understand airborne disease transmission, we believe we can develop technology to reduce its spread and infection.”

The ADT cluster also tested an Airborne Infection Isolation and Removal (AIIR) device developed by CareHealth Meditech for use in dental offices. The device isolates and eliminate airborne droplets produced in dental procedures, thereby reducing the risk of airborne infection.

Read the full story at the UBC Okanagan News website.

Through Strategy 10: Research Culture, UBC is always working to promote a research culture which generates beneficial impact across communities.