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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 are leading clinical and research responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Institute faculty members are leading three phase three clinical trials for vaccines and treatments while researchers test early viability of other drug possibilities.

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


Clinical trials and resources

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COVID-19 Prevention Network training at UNC Project-Malawi, February 2021.

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
Open-access global data repository and visualization platform

A visual guide to the pandemic, regularly updated

Centers for Disease Control
Basic updates and guidance

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

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

Journal of the American Medical Association

The Lancet

New England Journal of Medicine
Featured interviews and relevant articles

World Health Organization 
Guidance and rolling updates

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health coronavirus info portal


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Patient resource

UNC Health coronavirus guidance

Media mentions

Media requests for expert sources


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May I Borrow Your COVID Immunity?
Wired talks with Myron Cohen, January 28, 2021

Monoclonal Antibodies Can Prevent COVID-19—But Successful Vaccines Complicate Their Future
Science Magazine talks with Myron Cohen, January 22, 2021

Monoclonal Antibodies to Disrupt Progression of Early Covid-19 Infection
New England Journal of Medicine editorial by Myron Cohen, January 21, 2021

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

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

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

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