COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities

April 09, 2020

April 9 Update: From the Chair

Dear Members of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Community,

Evidence for the use of face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus continues to mount: a recent study in the journal Nature found that flat surgical face masks significantly reduced the number of virus-carrying droplets that mask wearers released into the surrounding air. The CDC website has a helpful page on using cloth masks in public.

I am passing along a message from Dr. Jon Epstein, the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, to our scientists about emerging funding opportunities for COVID-19 research, which are listed here. In addition, the NIH created this helpful overview for applicants and recipients of NIH funding related to COVID-19. If there is an opportunity you would like to pursue, please email, and they will work to coordinate researchers and resources to best support your application.

Our own Dr. Mike Milone is part of the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 with HCQ (PATCH) clinical trial that will evaluate whether the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can benefit people infected with COVID-19, as well as whether taking the drug preventatively may help people avoid infection altogether. More information on the clinical trial is available here.

I also want to emphasize that Penn Medicine is making sure that all of its clinicians and staff have access to the support they need while providing coronavirus care. A summary of the support resources can be found here.

Finally, here is a progress report from my "Locked Down Kitchen."  I have succeeded in recreating the (really delicious) sourdough pancakes from my youth using my now vigorous starter culture and this recipe from the bread exchange ("Malin Elmid's Sourdough Pancakes" - ). The challenge now is quite clear: to somehow avoid gaining a lot of weight during lockdown!

Please continue to take care of yourselves because we are here for each other.

David Roth
Chair, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine