Medical research can encompass a wide variety of ideas and scientific processes. It can lead to new discoveries, inform best practices for clinical care and confront challenges within healthcare systems. 

The University of Minnesota Medical School announced today its plans to participate in a Phase 3 COVID-19 clinical trial in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The clinical trial will test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational vaccine developed by U.S. biotechnology company Novavax, Inc., called NVX-CoV2373.

Dr. Mustafa al’Absi and Briana DeAngelis of the Stress and Resilience Laboratories publish their findings examining the role of depressed and anxious mood in the relationship between social isolation and sleep quality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rescue Study seeks to determine if early administration of an endothelial protective substance, Razuprotafib, reduces the severity of COVID lung disease, shortens the need for hospitalization, reduces the need for ventilator support and modifies the inflammatory and blood clotting effects of the novel coronavirus.

The Long Life Family Study is a unique, international project designed to reveal why some people live until a very old age and why some families maintain their health far longer than others. Bharat Thyagarajan, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and colleagues are analyzing a wide range of biomarkers to better understand the healthy aging process.

Assistant Professor, and past Rural Medical Education (RME) Group Executive Committee co-chair, Dr. Emily Onello, has produced an extensive e-book featuring recent conversations with sixteen prominent U.S. educators about training physicians for rural practice.

Drs. Kamil Ugurbil and Michael Garwood detail their latest projects as scientists in the Medical School’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. While one focuses on pioneering new heights in ultra high-field imaging, another works to produce a high-quality, yet affordable, imaging scanner that’s accessible to communities without MRI access.

Researchers from the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine have been analyzing time-restricted eating and food intake patterns to address obesity.

Kristen Jacklin, PhD, and Wayne Warry, PhD, both from the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, recently received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Academic Investment Research Program to establish a research center focused on addressing the growing challenge of dementia care needs in rural Minnesota.