These projects range in focus from establishing a standard method to test homemade masks to evaluating new treatments for hospitalized patients with the coronavirus to finding a new system to screen candidate anti-COVID agents in cell culture. Additionally, researchers will look at new molecular drug targets for the virus, a web-based accumulation of COVID-19 research information and will investigate the effects of the infection on the heart, respiratory system and the liver.
“We had a one-week deadline and the projects that poured in were incredible,” says Melanie Cushion, professor in UC’s department of internal medicine and senior associate dean for research. “We have such immense talent at this university. This was a highly competitive program, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results and impact of these innovative studies.”
“We are working as one team and have established a COVID-19 biorepository — banking samples from COVID-19 patients for research studies that will go to up to 55 teams prepared to study this virus and ultimately help devise treatments,” adds Kissela, who is also a UC Health physician. “Some of these teams have received funding from the pilot grant challenge and some will be funded by other sources such as the National Institutes of Health or American Heart Association.
“In this time of public health crisis, we are doing what we do best. We are rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic not only with the highest level of clinical care but also with groundbreaking research.”
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