BLOGS

Contributions from our Research Community and from the Department's IDEA Committee

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 06, 2021

Every single one of us has a crucial role to play, both in fighting the pandemic and for incorporating equity into our teaching, research, and laboratory practice.

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Update on Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2/ COVID-19

Published by Nina Luning Prak, MD, PhD and Judith A. O'Donnell, MD, on February 26, 2021

February 2021: Penn Medicine has different serologic tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus that are orderable in Penn Chart. The newest addition to the antibody testing category is a test to measure receptor binding domain (RBD) IgG and RBD IgA antibodies. This post outlines the types of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing available, when it may be appropriate to order such testing, and how to interpret the results.

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Entering the Second Year of the Pandemic

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on March 03, 2021

An important thing to come out of this crisis is the way it has brought members of our Department closer together in new and unexpected ways.

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Commitment in Our Community

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on June 17, 2020

Update June 17:  I have found solace in the recent displays of solidarity and the commitment in our community to actions that will have a lasting effect.

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Phase I of Research Resumption

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 29, 2020

Update May 29:  Guidelines for the safe return to campus and COVID-19-related research by Department faculty members.

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Travel Policies, CEO Town Hall, and Extension of Probationary Periods

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 20, 2020

Update May 20:  Personal travels and vacations, extension of probationary period for tenure, CE, and research tracks, CEO townhall and seminar on healthcare innovation during COVID-19.

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Strategies for Patient Safety and Research Resumption Plan

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 14, 2020

Update May 14:  Strategies to safeguard patients and staff, phased research resumption plan, resources around online learning, and a visit from Gritty!

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Phased Return to Clinical Research and Other Research Activities

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 11, 2020

Update May 11:  Clinical research, PSOM research activities and a gradual return to work, and the teams who brought our current antibody test online in a rapid manner!

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Phase I of our New Normal and Antibody Testing Updates

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 07, 2020

Update May 7: "One of the nicest things to come out of our new situation is that I get a chance to interact with many of our colleagues from the Department in new ways."

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COVID-19 Clinical Testing Oversight Committee

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on May 04, 2020

Update May 4: COVID-19 Clinical Testing Oversight Committee, FAQs around patient resurgence, and residents' efforts to produce viral transport media (VTM) to create collection kits.

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Limitations of Commercial Antibody Tests

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 29, 2020

Update April 29:  Limitations of commercial antibody tests, new scientific articles, a new update frequency, and a note of gratitude.

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Updated SARS-COV-2 Test Ordering Information

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 28, 2020

Update April 28:  Updated SARS-COV-2 test ordering information, new FAQs for SARS-CoV-2 Molecular Testing, and Dr. Carl June elected to National Academy of Sciences.

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Research Resumption Taskforces and Antibody Tests in the News

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 27, 2020

Update April 27:  Resumption of research activities, SEPTA changes, reports on commercial antibody tests, and an Air Force flyover.

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Regional Health System Responses and Cybersecurity

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 24, 2020

Update April 24:  The end of Lab Week this year, regional health system responses, and free Systematic Review software for COVID-19 research.

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Resilience for Our Community and the Continuing Antibody Test Debate

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 23, 2020

Update April 23:  Resilience that creates real communities, more debates around serological testing, and some local news articles worth your while.

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RNA FISH to Visualize SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics Project

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 22, 2020

Update April 22:  New research project on RNA FISH to visualize SARS-CoV-2 for diagnostics and CRISPR screening for therapeutics, a drone light show, and grandmas' tips on getting through lockdown.

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Lab Week Update and Dissertation Award

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 21, 2020

Update April 21:  A thank-you to all the medical laboratory professionals and this year's Saul Winegrad Outstanding Dissertation Award in Immunology.

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Lab Week 2020 and Convalescent Plasma Therapy Initiative

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 20, 2020

Update April 20: The 45th annual Medical Laboratory Professionals Week celebrates the essential role of medical laboratory professionals.

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Residents Efforts and Resources for Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 17, 2020

Update April 17: Our residents are making viral transport media for collection kits, more resources for your physical and mental well-being, and clinical operations updates.

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Project Resurgence and Research Resumption Task Forces

Published by David B. Roth, MD, PhD, on April 16, 2020

Update April 16: Research resumption strategies and the loss of our colleague Madlyn Abramson, co-founder of the Abramson Cancer Center and Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute.

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