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Institute researchers respond to COVID-19 pandemic

detail shot of rack of test tubesResearchers from across UNC’s School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health and beyond have begun clinical and lab responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. Their research includes work on novel assays, a therapeutic vaccine, and inpatient and outpatient studies.

Covid-19 resources for UNC researchers (requires UNC onyen)


Clinical trials and resources

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Click image to watch Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, talk about leading a COVID-19 vaccine trial and watch Ron Falk, MD, participate in the trial
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our researchers are studying novel assays, therapeutic vaccines, prophylactic treatment modalities, and treatment options in both the inpatient and outpatient environments. As of August 2020, Institute researchers were conducting 52 COVID-19-related research projects, including testing sites for national phase III clinical trials for potential vaccines.

For researchers

COVID-19 funding opportunities COVID-related papers Research preparedness from OoR Funding updates from NIH

Journal articles, trackers, lectures

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Click photo to visit Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 data visualization site. 

Africa CDC
Weekly updates on the disease in Africa

A visual guide to the pandemic, regularly updated

Centers for Disease Control
Basic updates and guidance

CROI 2020 special presentation on COVID-19
Ralph Baric presents on his research; Joe Eron moderates panel

HIV/AIDS Network Coordination 
Resources at intersection of COVID-19 and HIV

International Higher Education Consulting Blog
Includes discussions and policies on academic global travel)

Johns Hopkins University Global Case Tracking
A data visualization site with live updates

Journal of the American Medical Association

The Lancet

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Free online course on COVID-19

New England Journal of Medicine
Featured interviews and relevant articles

World Health Organization 
Guidance and rolling updates

UNC School of Medicine Grand Rounds, 3/12/20, with Joe Eron and David Weber

UNC-Chapel Hill campus updates on COVID-19

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health coronavirus info portal


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Patient resources

Donate plasma after COVID recovery UNC Health coronavirus guidance

Media mentions

Media requests for expert sources


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New results from a once-promising therapy show the difficulty of treating COVID-19
Washington Post talks with Jonathan Parr after his JAMA editorial about tocilizumab studies, October 20, 2020

‘Provocative results’ boost hopes of antibody treatment for COVID-19
Science Magazine talks with Myron Cohen about initial data on Regeneron, September 30, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine trials: The only side effect is hope
UNC journalism student Hannah Towey talks with Cindy Gay about her vaccine study, September 29, 2020

Vaccine Watch: Antibody trial seeks bridge to COVID-19 vaccine
ABC News looks at Eli Lilly trial with nursing homes that Myron Cohen is leading, September 3, 2020

An ‘Unprecedented” Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
Myron Cohen talks to New York Times’ Gina Kolata about a clinical trial targeting nursing home residents, August 20, 2020

UNC Health recruiting 500 volunteers for coronavirus vaccine trial
Cindy Gay, Susan Pedersen and David Wohl talk with WRAL about clinical trial launching, August 19, 2020

Lab-Grown Antibodies Might Protect Essential Workers
Myron Cohen talks with FiveThirtyEight about the potential of monoclonal antibodies, July 31, 2020

A Game-Changing Coronavirus Treatment That No One’s Talking About
Myron Cohen talks with Elemental’s Nuance columnist, July 23, 2020

Coronavirus Treatment and Protection with Monoclonal Antibodies
Myron Cohen talks with JAMA in a video, July 1, 2020

Monoclonal Antibodies for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19
Myron Cohen, co-author of JAMA viewpoint, June 15, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine for the Prevention of COVID-19 — Searching for Evidence
Myron Cohen writes in NEJM editorial, June 3, 2020

Coronavirus antibody work on at UNC showing promise
Myron Cohen talks with WRAL, May 28, 2020

Combination prevention for COVID-19
Myron Cohen co-writes editorial in Science, May 8, 2020

Expert on infection protection talks about Covid-19
David Weber talks with WRAL, April 17, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads, a drug that once raised the world’s hopes is given a second shot
Stat News, March 16, 2020

In a locked-down lab, the UNC coronavirus hunter races for answers
Bloomberg News, March 6, 2020

Looking to the Genome to Track and Treat the New Coronavirus
Ralph Baric, PhD, speaks with NPR’s Science Friday, March 6, 2020

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Myron Cohen, MD, discusses coronavirus on CNN, Feb. 7, 2020




Faculty resources on COVID-19, coronaviruses and community spread of infection