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Tip Sheet: Latest research on COVID-19, health disparities, antibodies to parainfluenza, and neuron function

Summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news

Newswise — SEATTLE — May 4, 2021 — Below are summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news.

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Latest Fred Hutch research on COVID-19 In the past month, our scientists have published findings on how SARS-CoV-2 mutates and what that may mean for vaccine efficacy, how machine learning may help dampen the cytokine storm from COVID-19 and comparing immune responses from infection versus vaccination.

Event: Pathways to Equity Symposium Fred Hutch’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement will be hosting their annual Pathways to Equity Symposium on Friday, May 2, 8:30am-12:30pm PT. Speakers will discuss racial/social justice, health equity and community engagement. Registration is free. RSVP here.

Hutch researchers discover neutralizing antibodies to parainfluenza A team of researchers led by Dr. Justin Taylor describes how they isolated five different antibodies that, in lab dish studies, potently protect against human parainfluenza virus type III, or HPIV3. Their work was published on April 20 in the open access journal mAbs.

Dr. Julie Overbaugh elected to National Academy of Sciences Virologist Dr. Julie Overbaugh, who studies factors that shape HIV transmission, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Overbaugh is one of 120 new members, including a record number of women, elected by their peers in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in research.

Careful pruning guides neuron function Dr. Aakanksha Singhvi used tiny worms with well-mapped nervous systems in her latest work that was published in the journal eLife. She and a graduate student, Stephan Raiders, collaborated to learn how the role of accessory brain cells called glial cells support neuron function.

Seeking to expand targeted therapy for lung cancer Lung cancer researcher Dr. Alice Berger received a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award that will support her efforts to extend advances to more patients with this cancer. Berger’s MERIT Award will fund seven years of investigations into a gene that’s mutated in a subset of non-small cell lung cancer and other tumors, including some leukemias. Her ultimate goal is to extend the power of targeted therapy to more patients with lung cancer.

Event: B+T = Immunotherapy Drs. Jim Boonyaratanakornkit, Stan Riddell and Shivani Srivastava joined Dr. Bruce Clurman, Fred Hutch executive vice president and deputy director, to discuss their work studying immune cells to develop treatments for cancers and infectious diseases. Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio also gave us an update on COVID-19 treatments happening at the Hutch’s COVID-19 Clinical Research Center. The event is part of the Hutch public science series, Science Says. Our next Science Says, on the importance of diversity and equity in science, will be June 15. Register here.

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Newswise: Connect Chicago Initiative Expands Community COVID-19 Testing
Released: 27-Jul-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Connect Chicago Initiative Expands Community COVID-19 Testing
Rush University Medical Center

As COVID-19 cases rise in the U.S., Connect Chicago — new initiative between the Chicago Department of Public Health, Rush University Medical Center, and Esperanza Health Centers — is aiming to redouble testing efforts in Chicago communities that need it most.

Newswise: California State University to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021 Term
Released: 27-Jul-2021 1:35 PM EDT
California State University to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021 Term
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

California State University to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021 Term

Released: 27-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Behind the COVID-19 Diagnostic for Testing Hundreds of People at a Time
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Hertz Fellow Cameron Myhrvold and colleagues are advancing research that started long before the pandemic.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 12:35 PM EDT
T cell response not critical for immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 or recovery from COVID-19
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

New research conducted in monkeys reveals that T cells are not critical for the recovery of primates from acute COVID-19 infections.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 11:45 AM EDT
mRNA Vaccinations vs COVID-19 Risk in Teens – Vaccinations are Safer
Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University researchers have demonstrated that the risk for myocarditis/pericarditis (heart inflammation) among male teens (12-17) diagnosed with COVID-19 is nearly 6 times higher than their combined risk following first and second doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. The risk for myocarditis/pericarditis among girls (ages 12-17) is 21 times greater from COVID-19 than from vaccines.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Twitter Study Tracks Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic in U.S.
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York studied Twitter communications to understand the societal impact of COVID-19 in the United States during the early days of the pandemic.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 9:45 AM EDT
A First Report of COVID-19 Orbital Involvement Is Reported in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

A severe skin infection in the orbital area (around the eye) may represent an unusual complication of COVID-19, according to a patient report published in The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: “Baiya Vaccine” from Chula — a Testament of Thai Mastery — Coming this September
Released: 27-Jul-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Baiya Vaccine” from Chula — a Testament of Thai Mastery — Coming this September
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Pharmacy prepares to test “Baiya Vaccine” a Thai vaccine against COVID–19 by “Baiya Phytofarm“, a Chula startup. The vaccines have been produced at the first plant in Asia that manufactures plant–based vaccines for humans. Clinical trials with volunteers and the research for the second–generation vaccine to fight the virus variants are to commence in September 2021.

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