Scientists Unravel Mystery of Sex Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes
"Age and sex are where immunological changes intersect,” says Akiko Iwasaki, PhD. Over the past year, Iwasaki and her colleagues from around the globe have compiled a rich literature of research that reveals in detail these and other factors that make the virus more lethal for men.Source: YaleNews
Covid UK Variant: What You Need To Know
Last week, Gov. Lamont announced that the first two COVID-19 cases with the “UK variant” were detected in Connecticut. This virus variant was first detected in England and seems to spread more easily between people. Its detection in our community raises alarms, but there is also a lot of misinformation circulating.Source: New Haven Independent
Yale Researchers Find First Cases of New UK Coronavirus Variant in Connecticut
The variant cases were rapidly identified through a strong collaborative network at Yale to increase surveillance for the B.1.1.7 variant. The nasal swabs were tested by the Yale Pathology Lab and sequenced by the Yale School of Public Health.Source: YaleNews
Yale Study Leads to FDA Approval of Drug to Treat Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Based on results of a clinical trial led by Yale Cancer Center researchers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved osimertinib for the treatment of adults with early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR gene mutations, which occurs in about 10 percent of patients.
Black, Hispanic Children Bear Disproportionate Burden of COVID-19
Scientists from Yale and other pediatric centers found that three out of four children hospitalized with severe cases of COVID-19 were Black or Hispanic (23.3% Black and 51% Hispanic). In comparison, only 38% of adults aged 65 or over who were hospitalized were from a minority group (27% Black and 11% Hispanic), according to U.S. COVID data.Source: YaleNews
Newly Acquired Trove of Historic Photos Captures Evolution of Medicine
A unique collection was recently acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale that documents — in black-and-white and sometimes graphic detail — a history of medicine from 1839 to the 1970s.Source: YaleNews
Microbiology Society Honors Steitz with Its 2021 Prize Medal
The Microbiology Society, based in the United Kingdom and the largest such society in Europe, is presenting its 2021 Prize Medal to Joan A. Steitz, PhD, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
Dean Nancy J. Brown, on Leading at Yale During a Pandemic and Her Own Distinguished Career
Dean Brown discusses her impressive background and successes in medicine and research. She also talks about her priorities developed during her first 10 months at the School of Medicine and the Yale Cultural Ambassadors Program along with the major successes it has had in increasing diversity enrollment in Yale clinical trials.Source: TheAcademy
Blumenthal: Yale Clinical Trial Encouraging Racial Minority Participation Is 'Model For The Nation'
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he shared the program success with the federal Operation Warp Speed. He said it could be used to encourage the groups most affected by coronavirus to get vaccinated. “This cultural ambassadors program, I think, will be a model for the nation,” Blumenthal said.Source: WSHU Public Radio
Dean Brown's Perspective on Promoting Women and Minority Physician-scientists in Academic Medicine
"Fundamentally, faculty and trainees must feel safe and respected to succeed. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and racism still derail the careers of some of our faculty."Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Biden Taps Three Experts with Yale Ties to Lead COVID-19 Advisory Board
President-elect Joe Biden has named three public health experts with close Yale ties to lead his transition team’s new COVID-19 advisory board, including Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an authority on the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on communities of color.Source: Yale News