JHCEIRS Investigators Discuss COVID-19 on Bloomberg TV

Investigators from John Hopkins CEIRS, Lauren Sauer and Dr. Andrew Pekosz both recently appeared on the Bloomberg TV show Bloomberg Surveillance to talk about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren Sauer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance on August 12, discussing the current status of… Read more »

Dr. Aubree Gordon Discusses Upcoming Influenza Season and COVID-19

Dr. Aubree Gordon, an investigator with St. Jude CEIRS (SJCEIRS), was interviewed by WebMD Health News as part of an article their recent article on how the upcoming influenza season could impact COVID-19 in the United States. The article describes how, if proper COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks are followed, the… Read more »

JHCEIRS Investigators Receive Federal Funding for COVID-19 Plasma Trials

Drs. Andrew Pekosz and Sabra Klein of JHCEIRS are part of a collaboration at Johns Hopkins University that will evaluate the effectiveness of convalescent blood plasma therapy for COVID-19. The research team received $35 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to support randomized clinical trials at twenty medical sites across the country…. Read more »

Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Can Transmit Through the Air Between Ferrets

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it becomes more important to determine the modes of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Understanding whether SARS-CoV-2 can spread through the air will enable public health experts to identify the appropriate control measures to reduce the spread of the outbreak. In a study published in Nature Communications, CEIRS investigators showed that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted between ferrets through direct contact and via respiratory droplets and aerosols between ferrets.

Dr. Troy Sutton Authors Piece on COVID-19 Research in a BSL-3 Laboratory

Dr. Troy Sutton, an Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State University and an investigator with JHCEIRS, authored an article published on The Conversation about working with SARS-CoV-2 in a biosafety level 3 containment laboratory. In the piece, Dr. Sutton describes the safety measures used to protect researchers working with dangerous pathogens… Read more »

Dr. Richard Webby Discusses COVID-19 on Bloomberg Businessweek

Dr. Richard Webby, the Principal Investigator of SJCEIRS, was featured on an episode of the Bloomberg Businessweek Podcast to provide an update on coronavirus and vaccine research. In the interview, Dr. Webby discusses the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the United States, how increased interactions between humans and animals help drive zoonotic disease, and… Read more »

Dr. Daniel Perez Guest Edits a Special Issue of the Viruses Journal

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Viruses is accepting manuscripts for a Special Issue of the journal focusing on virus-host interactions that lead to interspecies transmission and, ultimately, the emergence of zoonotic and pandemic pathogens. Dr. Daniel Perez, the Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator and the Caswell S. Eidson Chair in Poultry Medicine at the University of… Read more »

Dr. Sarah Cobey discusses COVID-19 Modeling on WGN Morning News

Dr. Sarah Cobey, a member of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE), made an appearance on Chicago’s WGN Morning News to discuss how models are being used to track the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Cobey works in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where she and her group frequently… Read more »

Virtual Workshops for ASV 2020

While the ASV 2020 meeting was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community has volunteered to arrange virtual workshops for submitted abstracts. Drs. Stacey Schultz-Cherry and Victoria Meliopoulos from SJCEIRS will be hosting the Orthomyxovirus Host Pathogen Workshops I and II. These virtual workshops will be held on Monday, June 15th 2020, from 11:00… Read more »