covid Research Update

COVID-19 Research Virtual Workshops

June 8-12, 2020

COVID19 Workshop Agenda

The Chief Research office and UTMB CTSA in collaboration with UTMB infectious disease research community will host a virtual workshop to facilitate learning and discussion around critical research questions related to COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual workshop will bring together an expert panel of UTMB researchers to share their opinions about critical issues and the opportunities that UTMB investigators have to collaborate to create new research projects aimed at tackling the pandemic.

The multi-day workshop will highlight the current research gaps and help to establish an open research community at UTMB that supports the development of new clinical and translational research projects that improve the current understanding of SARS-CoV-2. This understanding includes how SAR-CoV-2 causes disease as well as the development of strategies for the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of COVID-19 infection.  Specifically, the workshop provides an opportunity for UTMB research community to learn more about:

  • The COVID-19 patients that have been seen at UTMB and complexities encountered by our clinicians;
  • The scope of current SARS-CoV-2 research activities at UTMB;
  • Emerging research questions and the opportunities for creating partnerships and multidisciplinary collaborative teams for addressing them; and
  • Resources and Expertise that exist at UTMB for conducting SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 research (discovery, preclinical testing & evaluation, clinical, rehabilitation, addiction and population health).  
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12:00-12:10 PM
Welcoming Comments
Charles Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean,
School of Medicine

Massoud Motamedi, PhD
Charles H. & Mary Campbell Professor, and Vice Chair for Research,
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 

12:10-12:20 PM
COVID-19 Research Accomplishments & Resources
Randy Urban, MD
Chief Research Officer

12:20-12:40 PM - Updated recording for this section - better audio
Caring for COVID-19 Patients at UTMB
Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP
Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer

12:40-1:00  PM
COVID-19 Pre-clinical Research Discovery: Basic Science & Animal Studies at UTMB
Scott Weaver, PhD
Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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12:00-12:30 PM
Are we doing enough with testing for COVID-19 to answer the important questions for patients and healthcare practitioners?
Michael Laposata, MD, PhD,
Chair, Department of Pathology

12:30-12:45 PM
UTMB COVID-19 Shared Data and Specimen Repository
Michael Kinsky, MD
Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology

12:45-1:00 PM
UTMB Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Therapies
Susan McLellan, MD
Professor, Medical Director, Biocontainment Treatment Unit
Department of Internal Medicine

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12:00-12:20 PM
COVID-19 Respiratory Distress & Lung Pathophysiology
Mohammed Fathi Zaidan, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

12:20-12:40 PM
Hijacking the Host: Covid-19 and Abused Drugs
Kathryn A. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Addiction Research

12:40-1:00  PM
Respiratory Therapy & COVID-19 Recovery
David A. Brown, PhD
Dean, School of Health Professions

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COVID-19 in Older Adults

12:00-12:05 PM
Introduction
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, FGSA,
Director, Sealy Center on Aging

12:05-12:20 PM
Age dependent susceptibility to Coronaviruses
Vineet Menachery, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

12:20-12:45 PM
COVID-19 in Geriatric Patients   
Vinod Kaushik, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine-Geriatrics

12:45-1:00 PM
Promoting physical and mental well-being among older adults who are social distancing
Elizabeth Lyons, PhD,
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Health Professions

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12:00-12:20  PM
COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Testing at UTMB
Alan Barrett, PhD
Director, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences

12:20-12:40  PM
UTMB Lead Innovation in COVID-19 Diagnostics and Prevention
Pei-Yong Shi, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

12:40-1:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Massoud Motamedi, PhD
Charles H. & Mary Campbell Professor, and Vice Chair for Research,
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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