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Pact Study Seeks Volunteers To Find Ways To Prevent Dementia

The University of South Florida (USF), thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health, is conducting a study to determine whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease (Osprey Observer).

September 8, 2021Health, Research

USF New Home For Tracking Florida Nursing Shortages

USF is now home to the Florida Center for Nursing, where research is conducted on the supply and demand of the nursing field (WUSF).

September 7, 2021Health

USF Health researcher studies gut microbiome to improve brain health, decrease age-related diseases

Dr. Hariom Yadav, an associate professor of neurosurgery and brain repair, was recruited to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine to direct the Center for Microbiome Research. When he joined USF Health, he brought more than $4 million in research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.

September 3, 2021Health

USF study makes operating rooms come to life in virtual reality to potentially improve medical training

A local medical technology startup is working with USF Health to make operating rooms more accessible through virtual reality. A study is now underway to examine the effectiveness of this technology in medical training (Fox 13).

August 26, 2021Health, Innovation

USF Health set to start COVID-19 vaccine trial on children in fall

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has been selected by Moderna as one of the approximately 80 sites in the U.S. to hold clinical trials testing the effects of the Moderna vaccine on children (USF Oracle).

August 23, 2021Health, Research

USF researchers: Florida to reach COVID-19 peak surge next week, herd immunity Sept. 11

Computer modeling shows rapid move toward 90% of Floridians resistant to virus (ABC - 25 WPBF News).

August 19, 2021Health, Research

USF Health a clinical trial testing site for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger children

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has been selected as a site for a clinical trial testing the Moderna mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to less than 11 years.

August 12, 2021Health, Research

USF enrolling Bay Area children as part of Moderna vaccine study

The University of South Florida says Moderna is testing efficacy, side effects and dosage; 12,000 children will be enrolled nationwide. One-quarter of them will get a placebo of saline and have their results compared with those who got the real thing (Fox 13).

August 11, 2021Health, Research

USF Health joins national study testing how well COVID-19 vaccine prevents spread of SARS-CoV-2 in young adults

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has begun enrolling university students and other young adults, including those not planning to be vaccinated, for an expanded nationwide study evaluating coronavirus infection and transmission in people ages 18 through 29.

August 5, 2021Health, Research

How do researchers know it's the delta variant?

The COVID-19 delta variant is by far the most dominant variant circulating right now in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists determine the prevalence of a particular variant through genomics testing and DNA sequencing but according to Dr. Jill Roberts, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of South Florida, the U.S. is only running genomics on about 10 percent of positive cases (WTSP-TV).

August 2, 2021Health, Research

Florida may face its worst wave ever as the Delta variant spreads

The state is about a month away from its peak, according to an epidemiologist who tracks the virus there. “Short term and long term, the cases are going to explode,” Edwin Michael, a professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, said in an interview. “We are predicting that the cases will be peaking the first week of September” (New York Times).

August 2, 2021Health, Research

Thinking big by focusing small: USF establishes Institute of Microbiomes

Microbiomes impact everything from metabolism to immunity. Now, the University of South Florida's new Institute of Microbiomes is looking into how these tiny organisms can be used to improve our health and the environment (Bay News 9).

August 2, 2021Health, Research

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