ISB’s Dr. Lee Hood presented the PMWC Luminary Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday, and the two renowned scientists engaged in an interesting hour-long conversation.
The Luminary Award was presented on behalf of Precision Medicine World Conference on the first day of PMWC COVID, a three-day virtual event. The award recognizes contributions of prominent figures who have accelerated personal medicine to the clinic.
Hood spoke with Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, about a number of topics, including the importance of basic research, the extraordinary speed of COVID research, the efficacy of mRNA vaccines on COVID-19 and the technology’s promise for creating effective vaccines for other diseases (including some cancers), lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
“We should have a vaccine, as well as universally applicable antivirals, that we could use for the next outbreak,” Fauci said. “I would be really disappointed if when this is over we don’t put together a commission and codify what we need to do as opposed to saying ‘well, we got through that, now let’s worry about the next problem’.”
In an article published by Pam Belluck for the New York Times titled, “New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid,” findings of an ISB-led study published in the journal Cell are covered in depth, including quotes from ISB president Dr. Jim Heath.
Researchers have identified several factors that can be measured at the initial point of COVID-19 diagnosis that anticipate if a patient is likely to develop long COVID. They also found that mild cases of COVID-19, not just severe cases, are associated with long COVID. Their findings were published by the journal Cell.
From planning, creating and executing workshops for educators to forging new relationships to elevate students, the ISB Education team has been in high gear. Each month throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, we will highlight some of the top projects the team is working on.
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