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An estimated 10% of patients who get COVID-19 suffer long-haul symptoms

Air Date: December 14, 2021 | Length: 40:56

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Dr. Angela Cheung

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Episode Description

Award-winning UHN researcher Dr. Angela Cheung reveals how she decided to pivot her more than two decades of research on osteoporosis to the study of long-haul COVID. Along with UHN colleague Dr. Margaret Herridge and a team of researchers across Canada, Dr. Cheung has discovered over 100 symptoms for long COVID, and that it affects women more than men, but men get more acute symptoms. Dr. Cheung foresees the need for clinical practice – particularly primary care physicians and family doctors will be involved for years to come in the monitoring and treatment of long haul patients.

Dr. Cheung also speaks to her early exposure to the practice of medicine while growing up in Hong Kong, fielding phone calls at home from patient families for her dad who was a pediatrician. And then at the age of just 18 she set out halfway across the world to Pennsylvania to begin her medical education at Bryn Mawr, followed by Johns Hopkins and Harvard University.

"I enjoy doing what I do. I like to be able to ask questions and try to find answers. I like looking after patients. I like to try to fill a gap in knowledge as well as, you know, science. I like to move things forward if I can," says Dr. Cheung.

About Dr. Angela Cheung

Dr. Angela M. Cheung is a Clinician Scientist at UHN, Senior Scientist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Founding Director of the UHN Osteoporosis Program, and currently serves as KY and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine and director of Centre of Excellence in Skeletal Health Assessment at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Cheung's research is focused on: 1) the identification of novel determinants and biomarkers of bone and muscle strength and their relationship to frailty, fractures and function, 2) the development and testing of innovative diagnostics for bone and muscle health, and 3) the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines and policies. She has received many awards for her work, including the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine David Sackett Senior Investigator Award, the Chinese Canadian Legend Award and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair award in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health.

Dr. Cheung is passionate about cultivating the next generation of researchers. She is a faculty on the National Research Mentoring Network (www.nrmnet.net) in the United States and has received many mentorship awards including the Sinai Health System/University Health Network Michael Hutcheon Mentor of the Year Award and the University of Toronto Eugenie Stuart award for excellence in mentorship.

Produced By: Jordana Goldman | Host: Christian Cote | Audio Editing and Mixing: 217 Audio​