Accelerating COVID-19 Research and Development
Generous support from Drexel’s Board of Trustees enabled the University’s Office of Research and Innovation to create the Rapid Response Research and Development Fund, which is supporting more than a dozen urgent action projects focused on COVID-19 health-related research and development. The work supported by this fund includes the production of new medical masks and face shields, a new app to track infections, vaccine-related research and the chronicling of mental health impacts.
Drexel College of Medicine picked for NIH study on COVID-19
Charles B. Cairns, MD, the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, and senior vice president of medical affairs at the College of Medicine, was quoted in a June 11 6ABC story about researchers from the College of Medicine and Tower Health collaborating to take part in a national NIH study on the immune responses of COVID-19 patients.
Drexel’s Interdisciplinary Battle Against COVID-19
From administering COVID tests to conducting case investigation and contact tracing, the University has relied on a cross-college battalion of faculty, professional staff and students to protect Dragons against the coronavirus.
Will we actually have a COVID-19 vaccine in 12-18 months?
Dr. McGonigle and Dr. Kutzler, College of Medicine faculty, recently contributed to this important, informative conversation about a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
IHS Student Shayna Zanker Brings Smiles to Patients Through her "Smile Badge" Project
Shayna Zenker (IHS Class of 2021) is helping frontline health care providers comfort COVID-19 patients with a smile, without ever taking off their masks. Zenker collects medical professionals' names and smiling self-portraits and uses them to make "Smile Badges," which show patients what their health care provider looks like under their personal protective equipment.
College of Medicine and Tower Health Researchers Study Immune Responses Among COVID-19 Patients in Nationwide NIH Study
Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Medicine and Tower Health are among 10 leading medical institutions nationwide embarking on a study funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to uncover insights that may help answer these questions and others about the immune responses to COVID-19. The clinical trial was mentioned in a June 10 WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pennsylvania) segment.
Medical Students Team Up to Supply PPE to Philly Hospitals
The College of Medicine was mentioned in a Jewish Exponent article about Philadelphia medical students joining forces to supply personal protective equipment to area hospitals.
University Providing $100,000 to Support Urgent, Short-term COVID-19 Research
College of Medicine faculty members are involved in more than half of all the short-term, urgent action COVID-19 research and development efforts receiving support from the University’s $100,000 Rapid Response Research & Development Fund.
MD Students Form Task Force to Collect PPE
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has changed the routines of daily life for many, but Drexel University College of Medicine students are working together – and collaborating with new student groups – to make the best of the difficult situation.
Video: Why Do We Need Clinical Trials of Treatments and What Will They Tell Us?
Charles B. Cairns, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and Leslie McClure, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dornsife, discuss the role of clinical trials in stopping COVID-19's spread.
Prioritizing Transplants When Other Surgeries Are on Hold
Meera Nair Harhay, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, was quoted in an April 6 Medscape article about prioritizing transplants when other surgeries are on hold during the pandemic.
Retired doctors want to return to work to fight COVID-19. Here's what they need to know
Nielufar Varjavand, MD, a professor of medicine, program director of the Physician Refresher/Reentry Course, director of Global Health Education and co-director of Case-Based Learning, was quoted in an AAMC News article about what retired doctors need to know before returning to work to fight the coronavirus.
Webinar: Development of COVID-19 Therapeutics
Faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine presented a webinar on the development of antiviral drugs and vaccines for COVID19 on Wednesday, April 22 at 12 p.m.
Dean Charles Cairns – Can Antibody Testing Reveal Immunity for COVID-19?
Drexel University College of Medicine Dean Charles B. Cairns, MD, discusses antibody testing for confirming immunity to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Trump touted an anti-malaria drug for the coronavirus. Now Philly patients who need it can’t get it.
Akhil Vaidya, PhD, a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and director of the Center for Molecular Parasitology, was quoted in a March 25 Philadelphia Inquirer article about people stockpiling an anti-malaria drug touted by President Trump as a treatment for COVID-19.
Charles B. Cairns, MD, dean of Drexel University College of Medicine, on COVID-19
Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs, provides information about the novel coronavirus and what steps can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Q&A with College of Medicine Dean Charles B. Cairns, MD
In this Q&A, Charles B. Cairns, MD, the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs, discusses the known risks of COVID-19 and prevention of its spread.
Drexel University working to fill critical need for COVID-19 masks and respirators
How antibody tests work and could help fight the coronavirus