Phase I of Research Resumption

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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Department News

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

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

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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Phase I of our New Normal and Antibody Testing Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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COVID-19 Milestones and Hospital Operations Planning

April 15, 2020

Update April 15: A fascinating 3D-simulation on why social distancing is necessary, a web-based model for COVID-19 hospital planning, and the "Nothing Else Matters" video.

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PennCOBALT and Donations to Employee Assistance Fund

April 14, 2020

Update April 14: Finding meaning amid misfortune, helping our staff through the Employee Assistance Fund, and a new digital behavioral health platform.

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Emerging NIH Funding Resources and COVID Opportunity Facilitators

April 13, 2020

Update April 13:  Emerging COVID-19 NIH funding opportunities, identifying COVID Opportunity Facilitators, and an investigation into the obstacles that academic laboratories ready and able to run diagnostics currently face.

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Plasmapheresis Donors Wanted and a Message to Healthcare Colleagues

April 10, 2020

Update April 10: Investigative study looking for COVID-19 recovered plasmapheresis donors, a message from the Penn President, and more information around blood test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

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COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities

April 09, 2020

Update April 9: COVID-19 research funding opportunities, evidence for the use of face masks in public, and the recipe for the perfect sourdough pancakes!

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