Infectious disease specialist Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH has witnessed how difficult it is for people living in rural areas to access the healthcare services they need. She has traveled down dirt roads to poverty-stricken regions of Kenya, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, and India. She has worked in inner-city Baltimore, an area beset by glaring health disparities. And, most recently, she has spoken out about the lack of PPE and COVID-19 testing in her home state of Iowa.
Along the way, Srinivas, a research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has come to believe that healthcare problems often result from flawed policies that do not take the latest evidence into account.
John Buse, MD, PhD has been appointed the Co-Chair CTSA Program Steering Committee along with Christopher P. Austin, MD, the Director NCATS. The committee provides direction to NCATS and the ~60 CTSA-funded institutions around best practices in clinical and translational research, workforce development, and future directions.
"Aerem Innovations is fulfilling the need to create more effective masks by licensing the piece of technology we made," says Devin Hubbard, PhD. "The University will generate licensing revenue from our design, but more importantly, we're getting an idea from the University out into the world so that it can help people."
'Recruitment and education': Research for Me connects volunteers to clinical trials
In February 2020, just a month before the COVID-19 pandemic began its rapid spread across the United States, UNC launched a new website called "Research for Me" to make access to research studies easier for people in the Chapel Hill community.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-generation challenge that healthcare heroes everywhere have worked together to face. HERO-TOGETHER, a new research study, will gain insights on how COVID-19 vaccination can help keep communities healthy and free of the virus.
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