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UMR MEMBERS DEPLOY BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION TO FIGHT COVID-19

UMR members, representing leading research institutions, patient and health advocates and private industry, are engaging on all fronts in the effort to keep people safe and detect, treat and prevent COVID-19.

The information here is a small sampling of the efforts underway by UMR members.


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Video: Ultrasound has potential to damage coronaviruses

A new study by researchers in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering suggests that coronaviruses may be vulnerable to ultrasound vibrations, within the frequencies used in medical diagnostic imaging.

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“Show Me The Science” Podcast: After a year of COVID-19, vaccines making life better but it’s not over

Steven J. Lawrence, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University, appeared on our first episode of “Show Me the Science.” One year later, he says we‘re getting close to returning to normal. But he also says we should think not so much about returning to the old normal as moving toward a new normal that may sometimes include screenings at work to make sure you‘re not sick, or perhaps smaller gatherings during cold and flu season.

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“Science with a Twist” Podcast: Why We Need to Continue Testing

Manoj Gandhi, Sr. Medical Director at Thermo Fisher Scientific, interviews Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. Manoj and Stephen address the doubts expressed by the general public regarding testing for COVID-19 and the need for continued testing even as vaccination rates continue to increase.

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Documentary Film Highlights Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic and Ongoing Impact on Black, Rural Communities in Alabama

A film by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) features the stories of those disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and stresses the importance of health insurance coverage for lower income individuals in Alabama. The film‘s urgent message continues to be at the forefront of conversations on public policy change that could significantly address the longstanding health and cancer disparities, exacerbated by the pandemic and provide lower income Alabamians access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage.

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Video: What We’re Made Of

This week marks one year since everything changed — our jobs, our lives, our spirit. Yet, as COVID-19 upended our days, the Washington University in St. Louis community — our faculty, students, staff and friends — refused to lose hope. This video shows how, as we as a community have carried on and continue to serve the greater good. We thank you, and are hopeful for better days ahead.

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I Am BIO Podcast: COVID X-FACTOR (Redux‪)‬

The diversity of our adaptive immune system is why people are reacting so differently to the novel coronavirus. No two people present the virus the exact same way to their immune systems. We‘ve evolved in this way as humans to ensure no virus can eradicate our species.

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“Show Me The Science” Podcast: Loss of smell, heart problems common symptoms for long-haulers

Many people who have had COVID-19 struggle for months with heart problems, shortness of breath, fatigue or loss of smell. In this episode, we hear about how doctors are trying to help them return to something closer to pre-COVID life. For some, that means trying to retrain their ability to smell by smelling essential oils.

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Video: The importance of self-screening for COVID-19

In this video, Washington University in St. Louis’ Cheri LeBlanc, MD, executive director of Habif Health and Wellness Center, and Steven Lawrence, MD, associate professor of medicine, share reasons why self-screening for COVID-19 is so important before visiting campus.

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Video: 65,000 people. One human hope.

Discover how BD and its employees are mobilizing to develop novel diagnostics, help ensure critical delivery of patient care and support the discovery of treatments in response to COVID-19.

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Video: Why People of All Colors and Ages Are Crucial to Vaccine Clinical Trials

Experts explain why recruiting clinical trial participants from diverse backgrounds around the world—young, old, Black, brown, Indigenous and more—is critical to developing a potential COVID-19 vaccine, in this bonus clip from “The Road to a Vaccine.”

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Video: American Cancer Society, oncologists getting the word out about cancer patients and the COVID-19 vaccine

Cancer patients are among the many groups of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1b in Virginia. Hampton Roads oncologists are getting the word out about getting the shot.
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Video: UPenn doctor brings transparency to COVID vaccine for Black community

A doctor at UPenn is using her platform to raise awareness about inequities in health care and show the community the COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

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Video: Vanderbilt researcher breaks down Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

By the end of the week, drug maker Johnson and Johnson is expected submit its COVID-19 vaccine to the FDA for emergency use authorization.

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Video: What the Latest Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Really Means

Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels, Harvard’s Dr. Dan Barouch and others discuss where we are in the fight against COVID-19 and learn what’s next for vaccine development. Plus, other news with Dr. Uché Blackstock.

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Video: Thermo Fisher CEO: Covid vaccines, therapies will be needed well into the future

On CNBC’s Mad Money With Jim Cramer, Thermo Fisher Scientific CEO Marc Casper explained his outlook for the necessity of coronavirus vaccines and therapies as the country continues to battle the pandemic.

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Video: Johnson & Johnson vaccine shows high efficacy against severe COVID-19 cases

In an interview with ABC News, Dr. Dan Barouch, a researcher who helped develop the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, breaks down the vaccine’s efficacy and how new variants complicated its development.

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Pioneering mRNA technology in Moderna, Pfizer vaccines developed at University of Pennsylvania

The pioneering work for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, and the Pfizer vaccine began at the University of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago.

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Video: Stanford launches large-scale surveillance for COVID variants

The coronavirus is changing much faster than scientists had expected, which could ultimately make it much harder to contain. But at Stanford University, a new effort is underway to help track these tricky variants in our community, which are already spreading in other parts of the world.

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Video: Meet BU’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team

How old-fashioned detective work and a custom contact tracing database are quashing the spread of COVID-19.

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Podcast: Top 5 Breakthroughs of 2020

Listen to the year’s most popular episodes of the Breakthroughs podcast, featuring Northwestern Medicine experts discussing COVID-19 research.

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Podcast: Facilitating the Safe Reopening of HBCUs

Social and economic inequality has made minority communities more prone to contracting SARS-COV-2; the virus that causes COVID-19. One of those severely affected is the black community in the United States. On this episode of Science With a Twist, Fred Lowery, Senior Vice President and President of Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products at Thermo Fisher Scientific, interviews Dr. James Hildreth, American immunologist and academic administrator. Fred and James discuss the “Just Project”‚ a multipronged effort to help address the coronavirus crisis, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

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Podcast: Vaccines have arrived but COVID-19 treatments progressing much more slowly

This episode of Show Me the Science contrasts the rapid development of effective vaccines with the lack of progress toward effective therapies.

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Video: University of Pennsylvania scientists testing vaccines against variants of COVID-19

Scientists expected there could be new versions of COVID-19, known as variants. But what scientists at the University of Pennsylvania want to know is: will the two vaccines work against them as well?

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Video: Studies show heart disease a risk in COVID-19 survivors

Research has found a specific kind of heart disease in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Myocarditis can cause serious complications, including in athletes. Dr. Haider Warraich, a cardiologist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, joins CBSNews AM to talk more about the illness.

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Podcast: Should Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Be Unblinded?

NPR‘s Ari Shapiro talks with Dr. Steven Goodman of the Stanford School of Medicine about the ethical question of whether COVID-19 vaccine trials should be unblinded.

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Video: Will coronavirus vaccines work against new variant? UPenn doctor weighs in

Microbiologist Susan Weiss, Ph.D. has been studying coronaviruses for four decades and is now co-director of Penn′s Center of research on coronavirus and other emerging pathogens. As for this new variant, she says there is still a lot to learn and as to whether it makes the virus spread faster, that hasn′t been scientifically proven yet.

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Video: Stanford researchers create model to predict COVID-19 spread

A study of how 98 million Americans move around each day suggests that most infections occur at “superspreader” sites that put people in contact for long periods, and details how mobility patterns help drive higher infection rates among minority and low-income populations.

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Video: Cold storage demand up amid coronavirus vaccine news

FOX Business’ Edward Lawrence provided details to on how Thermo Fisher Scientific is building cold-storage freezers to store the future coronavirus vaccine at various points of the supply chain at their site in Asheville, N.C.

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Video: Stanford Medicine’s Dr. Lloyd Minor discusses Covid vaccine distribution plans

Dr. Lloyd Minor, Stanford Medicine Dean, joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the hospital’s distribution plan for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine and more.

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Podcast: How the Seasonal Flu Collides with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ron O’Brien speaks with Dr. Stephen Young, an expert in Microbiology, with a background in pathology, virology, and infectious diseases. They discuss what we should know during the potential viral storm produced by the collision of the seasonal flu and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I Am BIO Podcast: CDC Vaccine Chief, “No Corners Cut”

Dr. Nancy Messonnier leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work to safely vaccinate the country. Whether the question is who to vaccine first, how to restore trust, or how to administer two doses of a vaccine stored at -70 degrees to a nation of 328 million people, she’s got the answers.

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Video: Will COVID-19 vaccines be safe when available?

President and CEO of Biotechnology Innovation Organization Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath weighs in on America‘s News HQ.

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Video: Food insecurity in U.S. doubled in 1st few months of COVID-19

Researchers from Northwestern University estimate food insecurity in America doubled in the first few months after the coronavirus arrived, and a recent CBS News poll shows more than one third of Americans are at least somewhat concerned they won‘t have enough money for groceries in the next year.

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I Am BIO Podcast: At Last, COVID Treatments

COVID threatens those whose immune systems can’t make enough neutralizing antibodies to fight off the viral invaders. But what if scientists could make super-potent antibodies in the lab and infuse them into newly infected patients? That’s exactly what the first FDA-authorized coronavirus antibody treatment has achieved. Its maker, Eli Lilly, has generated clinical evidence that their therapy can significantly reduce COVID hospitalization rates when taken early.

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Video: COVID-19’s impact on dementia patients

Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are battling COVID-19 threats and the dangers of isolation.

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Video: Preventing the Flu and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

As the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, flu season has arrived once again. Watch Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention at the Johns Hopkins Health System and infectious diseases physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Aaron Milstone, associate hospital epidemiologist and pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, as they answer your questions about the flu and COVID-19.

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Video: Meet the Team behind BU’s COVID-19 Testing Lab

How Boston University engineers built a 6,000-test-per-day system from scratch.

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Video: Stanford School of Medicine dean on the rise of U.S. Covid cases and what must be done

U.S. coronavirus cases have set a new single daily record, at more than 131,000. Dr. Lloyd Minor, Stanford University School of Medicine dean, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss what tactical measures can be taken to help control the spread and the concerns surrounding a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Video: How 3 Brilliant Women Are Changing the Game When It Comes to COVID-19

Lisa Ling speaks to Dr. Uché Blackstock about the racial inequities the pandemic has exposed, Dr. Alison Schwartz about battling a COVID-19 spike in Wisconsin and 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu about her prize-winning potential coronavirus therapy.

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Video: Stanford developing fast, portable COVID-19 testing chip

As the need grows for COVID-19 testing, so does a need to find a way to produce faster results. Engineers at Stanford think they’ve come up with an answer.

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Video: Stanford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Enters Phase Three

New video shows the first injection as Stanford doctors start phase three of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine trial. This phase three trial will be done at 180 sites around the world with 60,000 participants, 1,000 of them at Stanford. It’s a double-blind study, meaning some will get active vaccine while others will get a placebo. They’ll all be monitored.

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Webinar Recording: Medicaid & COVID-19 Through the Health Equity Lens

View the full webinar from the October 13th, 2020 virtual event, featuring: Dr. Jamila Michener discussing the connection between racial disparities, COVID-19 and Medicaid; Dr. Alpa Patel sharing research from the American Cancer Society about the impact social determinants of health have on cancer patients; and Mike Perry sharing preliminary results from new messaging and polling research about race, health and the pandemic.

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I Am BIO Podcast: Cancer in the COVID Era

Overcrowded hospitals during the pandemic can pose treatment challenges for patients with other serious illnesses. As Kite Pharma CEO Christi Shaw says, “Cancer doesn’t stop in a crisis.” Neither do her company‘s employees, who go to extraordinary lengths to get personalized CAR-T treatments to patients around the world.

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Vanderbilt Analysis: Lack of mask requirements leads to larger increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Vanderbilt University released an updated analysis of a previous report on COVID-19 in Tennessee. Tuesday‘s report shows areas without mask requirements have a larger increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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Podcast: Folding@home enlists computers to ID COVID-19 treatment targets

This episode of ‘Show Me the Science’ highlights an effort led by Washington University scientists to use computing power from around the world to identify vulnerabilities in the coronavirus.

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JHU Health Policy Forum: Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Bloomberg School’s Ellen MacKenzie spoke with the nation’s top infectious diseases expert in the first installment of the university’s Health Policy Forum series. The series is jointly sponsored by the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and the Carey Business School. It is designed to bring together JHU faculty, students, and operational experts with policymakers to explore the development and implementation of health policy interventions.

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Podcast: The making of a fast, accurate saliva test for COVID-19

This episode of Show Me the Science focuses on a saliva test developed by School of Medicine scientists to detect the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Video: Why Trusting Science Right Now is More Important Than Ever

In this bonus clip from Johnson & Johnson’s weekly live series, The Road to a Vaccine, we touch on the topic of why you should trust science now more than ever. Watch as health experts explain how focusing on science is crucial to ending the COVID-19 pandemic—and why the stakes in the U.S.

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Ask an Expert: What does the future of COVID-19 testing look like?

Nicholas Adams, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, discusses what testing for the COVID-19 might look like as we enter cold and flu season.

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Podcast: The Role of Rapid COVID Tests in Our Next Normal

Dr. Megan Collins, Assistant Professor of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, discusses safely reopening schools amid the pandemic on the Bloomberg Businessweek Podcast.

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Podcast: Insights on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Ron O’Brien speaks with Mary Kay Bates, Senior Cell Culture Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Mary gives us an inside look into the complex world of vaccine development and why developing one for COVID-19 has been so different.

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Podcast: Harvard Researcher Discusses Why COVID-19 Is Devastating Communities Of Color

NPR`s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Harvard researcher Dr. Jose Figueroa about how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Black and Latino communities, and how policy makers could address those issues.

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Video: Lenexa’s Thermo Fisher involved in fight against COVID-19

Three hundred new workers at the Thermo Fisher factory in Lenexa are making shipping tubes they’ll use to send COVID tests to the labs.

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How the Biopharmaceutical Industry is Working to Defeat a Common Threat: COVID–19

As the fight to research and develop innovative treatments and vaccines advances, three biopharmaceutical scientists share what they have in common: combatting COVID-19.

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Podcast: Can boosting the immune system, rather than suppressing it, work against COVID-19?

This episode of ‘Show Me the Science‘ details research findings that patients with COVID-19 often develop weakened rather than hyperactive immunity in response to the coronavirus.

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Amidst a Pandemic, State-of-the-Art Research Center Gets Reconfigured

In this video, The Brink goes behind the scenes at Boston University’s Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering to see how scientists are safely returning to the lab.

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Podcast: COVID-19 Antibody Testing with Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

A team of Northwestern scientists have come together from across disciplines to develop a COVID-19 antibody test designed for at-home use. Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, is part of the team working on this test to determine prior exposure to the virus.

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Watch These 3D-Printed Nasal Swab Prototypes Take Form

In this video, watch BU graduate researcher Jessie Song 3D print prototypes of alternative nasopharyngeal swabs, which could help bridge the supply shortage caused by global demands for coronavirus testing.

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Dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health on whether schools should reopen

Michelle Williams, Dean of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joins CNBC’s “Squawk Box” for a closer look at how schools are grappling with how to safely reopen.

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COVID-19 Antibody, T-Cell Treatments Need More Work

Johns Hopkins Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Lauren Sauer discusses understanding how antibody production works in the fight against Covid-19. She speaks with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua.

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Should Schools Reopen Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Dr. Scott Atlas, a former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution joined the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill to share his views on the reopening of schools in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Video: Among North Philadelphia’s Latino elders during COVID-19

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing faculty member and LDI Senior Fellow Adriana Perez conducts research in two of the Philadelphia area’s largest Latino communities. She provides insights into how COVID-19 is impacting each.

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COVID-19 Deaths and Racial Health Disparities with Clyde Yancy, MD

Although COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily discriminate, some communities are far more susceptible to the disease. People who are black or African-American are more likely to contract the virus – and to die from it. Clyde Yancy, MD, discusses reasons for these outcomes and the need to fully address health care disparities in America.

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Podcast: How does a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test work?

Hundreds of thousands of people are being tested for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) around the world and the tests themselves are a crucial starting point in efforts to flatten the spread of the virus. This episode of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Science with a Twist podcast talks with Senior Director of Genetic Sciences, Joshua Tratta who explains how tests are created, how they’re performed and how they’re analyzed.

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The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition

While the coronavirus pandemic has changed many things around the world, it has not stopped child development. In this series of special episodes of The Brain Architects – a podcast from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University – we aim to share helpful resources and ideas in support of all those who are caring for children while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.

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I AM BIO Podcast

This is the only podcast at the intersection of biotechnology, politics, patients and the planet. We spotlight next-generation breakthroughs, the people they help, the global problems they solve and politicians with the power to fast-track a better future or mess it all up. Hosted by former Congressman Jim Greenwood. Current episodes look at COVID-19 from a variety of different angles.

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The Future of Everything Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition

Listen to this special series of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast to learn how researchers from across the university are bringing their insights and knowledge to address the challenges of COVID-19.

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Podcast: Fighting Coronavirus: Confirming and Containing an Outbreak

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, doctors, scientists and health agencies are racing to contain the outbreak.

In this episode of Thermo Fishers Science with a Twist podcast, hear how they are using scientific technologies to detect, prevent and develop a vaccine for this respiratory syndrome.

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“Ask an Expert: COVID-19” Video Series

Vanderbilt University faculty are sharing their expertise on a range of topics related to COVID-19. Subscribe to Vanderbilt’s “Ask an Expert” series on YouTube to get the latest updates.

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COVID-19: How Does the Virus Spread Between Humans? Here’s What the Experts Say

TIME speaks with Christopher Gill, MD, an associate professor of global health at Boston University School of Public Health, about the ways the COVID-19 virus can spread human to human, whether the virus is airborne, and if transmission makes a difference indoors versus outdoors.

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A Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections Is Expected: Johns Hopkins’ Farley

Johns Hopkins University Professor of Nursing Jason Farley explains the timeline for vaccine testing and the dangers of a second wave of coronavirus infections later in the year during cold and flu season. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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J&J’s “The Road to a Vaccine” Video Series

Hosted by prominent journalist Lisa Ling, Johnson & Johnson’s social-first show titled The Road to a Vaccine series features interviews with scientists, global health leaders and other experts on the COVID-19 front lines to reveal the latest medical advances and collaborations to create a coronavirus vaccine—and hopefully a return to a world without the pandemic.

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Doing Our Part to Fight Coronavirus

Just as you are doing your part to fight the novel coronavirus, America’s Biopharmaceutical Companies are working around the clock to fight COVID-19. Click to watch video.

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FSI’s “World Class” Podcast: What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) senior fellows Karen Eggleston and David Relman join host Michael McFaul to discuss what you should know about COVID-19 and its impact on the world.

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“Show Me the Science” Podcast: Can plasma from COVID-19 survivors help others battle the disease?

With the number of COVID-19 cases climbing daily, some doctors and researchers are looking to bring back a very old therapy: the transfusion of antibodies from the plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients into patients battling COVID-19 infection.

In this episode, Jeffrey P. Henderson, MD, PhD, an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, discusses the effort to test plasma as a way to treat very ill patients.

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“Amplify Nursing” Podcast: Special COVID-19 Episodes

Amplify Nursing is a Penn Nursing podcast supported by the Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing.

Episodes highlight the breadth and depth of nursing influence on society by amplifying nurses who are pushing boundaries and breaking down barriers to build a new paradigm.

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“Public Health On Call” Podcast

Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is the novel coronavirus spreading around the world.

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“Breakthroughs” Podcast: Investigating the New Coronavirus with Karla Satchell, PhD

The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China is making headlines around the world. In this podcast produced by Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, microbiologist Karla Satchell, PhD, is leading an effort to investigate the structure biology of the components of the virus to ultimately understand how to stop it from replicating in human cells through a medication or vaccine.

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“Theory Lab” Podcast: Special COVID-19 Episodes

What does COVID-19 mean for cancer patients and caregivers? How can they lower their risk of infection? How can everyone help reduce risk for this vulnerable population? What should cancer patients do if they are undergoing treatment?

American Cancer Society-funded scientists discuss the most critical questions in cancer research and recent challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

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VU Engineers and VUMC Doctors Team Up for Open-Source Ventilator Design

As COVID-19 continues to push unprecedented challenges on medical communities, one of the most pressing threats for hospital staff across the country is a dwindling supply of ventilators.

In this video, an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty show how to use common materials to build a ventilator.