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19 November 2020 Knocking down the COVID-19 disparities through university community partnerships

The University of Arizona, in partnership with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, made Arizona one of the 11 states that are participating in the National Institute of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities.

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18 November 2020 Florida Universities and Health Centers Partner on COVID-19 Community Engagement, Research

Armed with a $1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Universities and health care entities throughout the state of Florida are collaborating to provide outreach and engagement to ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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16 November 2020 Study of COVID-19 Risk and Long-Term Effects Underway at 37 U.S. Academic Medical Centers

A new nationwide study of more than 50,000 individuals is now underway to determine factors that predict disease severity and long-term health impacts of COVID-19.

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16 November 2020 Bond Community Health Center enrolls Florida patients in national COVID-19 study

Bond Community Health Center in Tallahassee is the first site in Florida to enroll patients in a national study to see if blood thinners can help prevent life-threatening blood clots from forming in people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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12 November 2020 Amid Pandemic, American Lung Associate Expands Awards and Grants Research Investment on COVID-19, Lung Diseases

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association has expanded its awards and grants program through its COVID-19 Action Initiative to include 12 new COVID-19 research awards, and today announced an investment of approximately $11.55 million in promising research to fund an expected 98 awards for 2021.

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10 November 2020 Lilly’s monoclonal antibody is the first to be authorized for use in treating COVID-19

Lilly's monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555), has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adults and children with recently diagnosed, mild to moderate COVID-19.

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03 November 2020 Physician-Scientist Leads Program to Tackle COVID-19 Health Disparities in Arizona

Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy is one of 11 principal investigators for the National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities.

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30 October 2020 AZ Orgs Prepare to Target Health Disparities, Community Health

University of Arizona Health Sciences will spearhead efforts to bolster community health outreach and engagement in light of COVID-19 disparities.

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22 October 2020 Arterial wall cells offer insight into coronavirus’ rampage from head to toe

Peter Libby, M.D., never imagined nearly 40 years ago that his research would contribute to the current understanding of how the novel coronavirus targets and ravages the blood vessels in people with COVID-19.

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20 October 2020 Morehouse School of Medicine awarded $1 Million NIH grant for COVID-19 community engagement research, health communications

Morehouse School of Medicine received a $1 million award from the National Institutes of Health for COVID-19 pandemic outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities. Morehouse will form a statewide coalition as one of 12 support teams across the US that are established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities.

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19 October 2020 NIH funds community engagement research efforts in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities that are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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16 October 2020 Promising COVID-19 Research Awards Announced by American Lung Association, Clinical Trials Expanded with COVID-19 Research

As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States, the American Lung Association announced the COVID-19 Action Initiative, designed to accelerate the search for COVID-19 solutions.

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16 October 2020 MSM Awarded $1 Million NIH Grant for COVID-19 Community Engagement Research and Health Communications

Morehouse School of Medicine received a $1 million award from the National Institutes of Health for COVID-19 pandemic outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities.

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16 October 2020 NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hit Hardest by COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health today announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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15 October 2020 Equipoise, Trust, and the Need for Cardiologists to Randomize Patients Into Anticoagulation Trials in the Time of COVID

In collaboration with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Operation Warp Speed, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and as part of the Accelerating COVID19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines(ACTIV) initiative...

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12 October 2020 UMMC begins NIH study on COVID-19, community engagement

The University of Mississippi Medical Center received a $1 million grant for community outreach and engagement in minority communities heavily affected by COVID-19.

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12 October 2020 CHER receives $1.2 million for health equity COVID-19 research

Researchers in Northern Arizona University’s Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) and the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) recently received four grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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09 October 2020 Meharry Investigator to Lead NIH Community Research in TN for Vulnerable COVID-19 Populations

Nashville, Tenn.—Meharry Medical College Investigator Dr. Paul Juarez will lead the Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) Team in Tennessee through a new research initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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08 October 2020 COVID-19 Should Force “Soul-Searching” Over Fragmented US Clinical Trials System, Woodcock Says

Among hundreds of trials underway on potential therapeutics, only about 6% of study arms are expected to yield actionable data because most are nonrandomized, underpowered or underenrolled, Operation Warp Speed’s Janet Woodcock says, renewing her pitch for adoption of master protocols and other approaches to streamline studies and improve efficiency.

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07 October 2020 Lilly provides comprehensive update on progress of SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody programs

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced additional details on its SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody programs – including interim data on combination therapy in recently diagnosed patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 – and plans to make these therapies broadly available to patients.

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05 October 2020 Cary man shares his battle with COVID-19

I was at the point where I didn't think I was going to make it. I was really bad, suffering with the breathing and everything...

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27 September 2020 Medicine faculty part of ACTIV-3 trial team lauded by NIH

A team of Duke Health clinicians that include faculty from the Department of Medicine are working diligently in a collaborative effort to enroll patients in a randomized, controlled trial, testing a novel antibody treatment for COVID-19.

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25 September 2020 Duke Tests Novel COVID-19 Therapy, Is Lead Enroller in International Trial

The early stage of COVID-19 offers a critical window of opportunity to prevent the progression of the disease to the acute state, when patients require supportive care. By targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus early on, a therapeutic can help to quickly eliminate the virus from the body while the patient’s symptoms are mild.

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23 September 2020 COVID-19: An Update on the Federal Response

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and distinguished members of Committee. It is an honor to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Health and Human Services’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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17 September 2020 HCS to lead state effort to raise awareness about COVID-19 in underserved communities

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) will administer the Texas portion of a $12 million National Institutes of Health award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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16 September 2020 NIH funds community engagement research efforts in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

Outreach will focus on COVID-19 awareness and education research, especially among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians.

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15 September 2020 NIH Launches antithrombotics trials in COVID-19 patients

The adaptive Phase III trials will assess whether various types and doses of blood thinners can prevent COVID-19 patients forming potentially fatal blood clots.

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15 September 2020 Bridging the Gap at Warp Speed – Delivering Options for Preventing and Treating Covid-19

Operation Warp Speed (OWS), an effort of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense in partnership with the private sector, is providing financial investment, scientific support, regulatory expertise, and logistic assistance to deliver vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 to the American public as quickly as possible.

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14 September 2020 NIH Launches Clinical Trials of Antithrombotic for COVID-19

Two of three planned adaptive phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19 have launched, according to an announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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14 September 2020 NIH ACTIV Initiative Launches Adaptive Clinical Trails of Blood-Clotting Treatments for COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health has launched two of three adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative, these trials will be conducted at more than 100 sites around the world and will involve patients in various clinical settings — those who have not been hospitalized, those currently hospitalized and those discharged after hospitalization for moderate to severe disease.

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14 September 2020 ACTIV-4 Antithrombotics Launched to Investigate Blood Thinners to Treat COVID-19 Patients

The National Institutes of Health has launched two of three adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative, these trials will be conducted at more than 100 sites around the world and will involve patients in various clinical settings — those who have not been hospitalized, those currently hospitalized and those discharged after hospitalization for moderate to severe disease.

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13 September 2020 NIH ACTIV Initiative Begins Adaptive Clinical Trials of Blood Clotting Treatments for COVID-19

Learn more about NIH’s ACTIV-4 clinical trials aimed at reducing blood clotting in patients with COVID-19 with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Dr. Gary Gibbons.

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10 September 2020 NIH ACTIV initiative launches adaptive clinical trials of blood-clotting treatments for COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health has launched two of three adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative, these trials will be conducted at more than 100 sites around the world and will involve patients in various clinical settings — those who have not been hospitalized, those currently hospitalized and those discharged after hospitalization for moderate to severe disease.

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10 September 2020 Learner Team Plays Role in NIH COVID-19 Blood Clotting Treatment Trials

The University of Vermont (UVM) is participating in a major national research effort to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19—the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the launch of two of three adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials September 10.

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08 September 2020 NIH clinical trial explores use of convalescent plasma in at-risk outpatients with early COVID-19

Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have launched a key study to explore the safety and effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating patients who have recently (within the last week) developed mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 disease. The study, which focuses on patients not yet hospitalized, comes on the heels of an announcement by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing emergency use of convalescent plasma to help treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

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01 September 2020 Event: Launching CONNECTS: Collaborating Network of Networks for Evaluating COVID-19 and Therapeutic Strategies

Topic: Launching CONNECTS (Collaborating Network of Networks for Evaluating COVID-19 and Therapeutic Strategies): A Partnership Between Research Triangle Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the NHLBI. Date: Friday, September 11, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

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13 August 2020 RTI researchers to help coordinate federal program seeking COVID-19 treatments

Federal health officials have tapped RTI International to join a collaboration tracking COVID-19’s ability to cause severe illness and the effectiveness of proposed treatments.

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10 August 2020 Baylor Scott & White Research Institute enrolls first patients in NIH ACTIV-3 clinical trial

On Wednesday, August 5, in Dallas, just one day after the initiative was launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baylor Scott & White Research Institute enrolled the first patient in the world for the ACTIV-3 clinical trial. A second patient was enrolled the following day.

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03 August 2020 4 former FDA commissioners: Blood plasma might be the covid-19 treatment we need

Blood plasma — also known as convalescent plasma — has been used as a therapy for infectious diseases for a century, including against the flu in 1918 as well as SARS, Ebola, meningitis and measles. While it doesn’t work for all infections, the idea is to use one person’s successful defense system of antibodies to bolster the immune response of a newly infected person.

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30 July 2020 C3PO Clinical Trial

Michigan Medicine and three other medical centers receive $7 million for COVID-19 outpatient convalescent plasma therapy trial.

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29 July 2020 COVID-19 trial to study convalescent plasma in outpatient setting

The Data Coordination Unit (DCU) in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina will take on the role of Data Coordinating Center for a $7 million national trial studying the role of convalescent plasma in mitigating the symptoms of COVID-19 in patients with mild illness and preventing the progression of the disease from mild to severe.

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28 July 2020 Pitt Collaborative to Study Outpatient Convalescent Plasma

A team of University of Pittsburgh, Michigan Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina and Stanford Medicine researchers recently were awarded funds from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), totaling more than $7 million to collaboratively study the role of convalescent plasma in mitigating symptoms of COVID-19 in patients with mild illness and preventing the progression of the disease from mild to severe.

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27 July 2020 Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

A Phase 3 clinical trial designed to evaluate if an investigational vaccine can prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults has begun.

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24 July 2020 COVID-19 Therapeutics Prioritized for Testing in Clinical Trials

The ACTIV public-private partnership has evaluated and prioritized therapeutic agents with potential application for COVID-19; and selected numerous NIH-supported networks to launch clinical trials to test prioritized therapeutic candidates.

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20 July 2020 CHOC Hematologist Appointed to National COVID-19 Therapy Evaluation Oversight Committee

Dr. Diane Nugent has been named co-chair of the Steering Committee for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Collaborating Network of Networks for Evaluating COVID-19 and Therapeutic Strategies, or CONNECTS, which will coalesce projects into a national, coordinated effort. She will also serve on the Executive committee for CONNECTS to facilitate the rapid turnaround and implementation of these grants throughout the country.

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15 July 2020 Launch Announcement: Collaborating Network of Networks for Evaluating COVID-19 and Therapeutic Strategies (CONNECTS)

The NHLBI’s Collaborating Network of Networks for Evaluating COVID-19 and Therapeutic Strategies (CONNECTS) is an important and innovative research effort. The goal of CONNECTS is to build on NHLBI’s existing clinical research networks across the nation and around the world to better understand the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and to identify therapies that will slow or halt the disease progression and speed recovery.

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13 July 2020 NHLBI's COVID-19 Research Strategy

Given the major impact of underlying heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions on morbidity and mortality among patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the NHLBI is pursuing a multi-pronged research strategy that leverages NHLBI-supported expertise, research, and infrastructure.

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