Led by Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, the Stress and Resilience Laboratories launched a global study to map out the behavioral and socioeconomic dynamics of how people have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark R. Schleiss, MD, American Legion and Auxiliary Research Foundation Chair and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, will tap into saliva samples, originally collected from days-old infants to study CMV, to answer two questions—does mother-to-baby transmission of COVID-19 exist, and did the virus arrive in Minnesota earlier than March 2020?

Christine Conelea, PhD, LP, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been researching how transcranial magnetic stimulation, combined with current methods, may improve the treatment of tics for patients with Tourette Syndrome.

The Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC) attributes the rise in STI rates to a combination of factors, including barriers to prevention, screening and treatment services, education, transportation, cost, concerns about confidentiality and peer and media influences.

Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, leads a team studying psychosocial factors and cultural beliefs that block East African men who immigrated to the United States from seeking the cancer screenings they need to prevent the disease.

Drs. Alexandra Zachwieja, Kendra Nordgren, and Cathy McCarty on the Medical School’s Duluth campus are leading the way to develop a virtual course addressing the social determinants of health during COVID-19. 

Claudia Cohn, MD, PhD, and Jed Gorlin, MD, discuss the use of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19 and how to donate if someone has recovered from the virus.

Nic Rider, PhD, and Stephanie Terezakis, MD, are co-principal investigators on a new grant from the Radiation Oncology Institute focused on health disparities in cancer care plaguing the LGBTQ population.

Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD, recently helped publish a review in Science focused on key themes, emerging parallels and insights of social adversity among humans and other animals.

Hossein Nazari, MD, in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, leads a team testing whether or not COVID-19 can be diagnosed with tears. If proven, their discovery may lead to a faster, safer and less painful way to test for the virus.