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Contagion Live: Targeting Lung Blood Vessel Inflammation in COVID-19 Patients

UC cardiologist discusses use of razuprotafib to lessen blood vessel inflammation

Richard Becker, MD, director of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, was interviewed by a reporter for Contagion Live about a new phase 2 clinical trial UC and UC Health are conducting using the drug razuprotafib, to lessen inflammation of the blood vessels in COVID-19 patients. Razuprotafib activates a key pathway for stabilizing blood vessels in the lungs and may prevent or treat respiratory distress in COVID-19 patients. Becker, also a UC Health cardiologist, and Duncan Hite, a professor in the UC College of Medicine, and medical director of critical care at UC Health, are overseeing the trial using razuprotafib at UC. The drug is being used as a part of clinical trial in 20 sites across the nation.

Listen to the Contagion Live interview online.

Learn more about the research involving Dr. Becker and Dr. Hite.