Faculty Expert Spotlight

Find research partners among faculty experts and specialized centers and institutes across disciplines—from infectious diseases and emerging pathogens to statistics and biochemistry.

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Erin Largo-Wight

Public Health

UNF

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Frederick Southwick

MD-Infectious Diseases

UF

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Lyndsay Rhodes

Biological Sciences

FGCU

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Yanbin Zhang

MSOM Biochemistry

UM

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Raid Amin

Mathematics & Statistics

UWF

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Peter Holland

Integrated Medical Science

FAU

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Alejandro Arrieta

Cphsw Health Policy and Mgmt

FIU

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David Meckes

Medicine Biomedical Sciences

FSU

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Necibe Tuncer

Department of Mathematical Sci

FAU

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Otto Phanstiel

Medical Education

UCF

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Robert Frisina

Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Dept.

USF

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Esther Guzmán

Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology Research

FAU

Centers | Colleges | Departments

Discover leading-edge specialized centers and institutes focusing on COVID-19 and related research, as well as colleges of medicine and public health and departments of infectious diseases.

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Colleges of Medicine

Colleges of Medicine

Colleges of Medicine

Departments of Infectious Diseases

Departments of Infectious Diseases

Departments of Infectious Diseases

Colleges of Public Health

Colleges of Public Health

Colleges of Public Health

Research Centers & Institutes

Leading Edge

Emerging Pathogens Institute UF
One Health Center for Excellence UF

Biomolecular Sciences Institute FIU
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences UCF
Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology UF
Center for Medicine and Public Health FSU
Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology FAU
Center for Molecular Delivery USF
Center for Molecular Microbiology UF
Center for Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine UF
Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology UF
Center on Global Health FSU
Clinical and Translational Science Institute UF
Florida Prevention Research Center USF
Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC) FSU
GeoData Center UWF
Global Health & Infectious Diseases Research USF
Global Health Consortium FIU
Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-Health) FAU
Institute for Therapeutic Innovation UF
Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology FIU
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Best Practices for COVID-19-Positive or Exposed Mothers-Breastfeeding and Pumping Milk.

JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Oct 26;:

Authors: Sullivan SE, Thompson LA

PMID: 33104195 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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Impact assessment of full and partial stay-at-home orders, face mask usage, and contact tracing: An agent-based simulation study of COVID-19 for an urban region.

Glob Epidemiol. 2020 Oct 19;:100036

Authors: Tatapudi H, Das R, Das TK

Abstract
Purpose: Social intervention strategies to mitigate COVID-19 are examined using an agent-based simulation model. Outbreak in a large urban region, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA is used as a case study. Results are intended to serve as a planning guide for decision makers.
Methods: The simulation model mimics daily social mixing behavior of the susceptible and infected generating the spread. Data representing demographics of the region, virus epidemiology, and social interventions shapes model behavior. Results include daily values of infected, reported, hospitalized, and dead.
Results: Results show that early implementation of complete stay-at-home order is effective in flattening and reversing the infection growth curve in a short period of time. Whereas, using Florida's Phase II plan alone could result in 75% infected and end of pandemic via herd immunity. Universal use of face masks reduced infected by 20%. A further reduction of 66% was achieved by adding contact tracing with a target of identifying 50% of the asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic.
Conclusions: In the absence of a vaccine, the strict stay-at-home order, though effective in curbing a pandemic outbreak, leaves a large proportion of the population susceptible. Hence, there should be a strong follow up plan of social distancing, use of face mask, contact tracing, testing, and isolation of infected to minimize the chances of large-scale resurgence of the disease. However, as the economic cost of the complete stay-at-home-order is very high, it can perhaps be used only as an emergency first response, and the authorities should be prepared to activate a strong follow up plan as soon as possible. The target level for contact tracing was shown to have a nonlinear impact on the reduction of the percentage of population infected. Increase in contact tracing target from 20% to 30% appeared to provide the largest incremental benefit.

PMID: 33103108 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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The Integrin Binding Peptide, ATN-161, as a Novel Therapy for SARS-CoV-2 Infection.

JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2020 Oct 16;:

Authors: Beddingfield BJ, Iwanaga N, Chapagain PP, Zheng W, Roy CJ, Hu TY, Kolls JK, Bix GJ

Abstract
Many efforts to design and screen therapeutics for the current severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic have focused on inhibiting viral host cell entry by disrupting ACE2 binding with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This work focuses on the potential to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 entry through a hypothesized ?5?1 integrin-based mechanism, and indicates that inhibiting the spike protein interaction with ?5?1 integrin (+/- ACE2), and the interaction between ?5?1 integrin and ACE2 using a novel molecule ATN-161 represents a promising approach to treat COVID-19.

PMID: 33102950 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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Short Term Home Oxygen Therapy for COVID-19 patients: The COVID-HOT algorithm.

J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 Jul;9(7):3209-3219

Authors: Sardesai I, Grover J, Garg M, Nanayakkara PWB, Di Somma S, Paladino L, Anderson HL, Gaieski D, Galwankar SC, Stawicki SP

Abstract
Innovative solutions are required to effectively address the unprecedented surge of demand on our healthcare systems created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Home treatment and monitoring of patients who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic can be readily implemented to ameliorate the health system burden while maintaining safety and effectiveness of care. Such endeavor requires careful triage and coordination, telemedicine and technology support, workforce and education, as well as robust infrastructure. In the understandable paucity of evidence-based, protocolized approaches toward HOT for COVID-19 patients, our group has created the current document based on the cumulative experience of members of the Joint ACAIM-WACEM COVID-19 Clinical Management Taskforce. Utilizing available evidence-based resources and extensive front-line experience, the authors have suggested a pragmatic pathway for providing safe and effective home oxygen therapy in the community setting.

PMID: 33102272 [PubMed]