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COVID-19: In The News

  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, comments on Michigan voters' reluctance to get vaccinated against the coronavirus in an article on The Detroit News.
  • In a Detroit Free Press op-ed, a group of Michigan public health experts, including College of Human Medicine Faculty members Drs. Mona Hanna-Atisha, Debra Furr-Holden, Dawn Misra and Nigel Paneth, send a message to Michiganders on wearing masks and encouraging lawmakers to support science-backed policies. Related Media: The Sault New
  • A Flintside article written by Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, focuses on how Michigan moved the needle on racial disparities in COVID.
  • With about 5,800 individuals currently enrolled in MSU’s COVID-19 early detection program, Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, said they have developed a low-cost solution to monitor outbreaks on campus. Related news: The State News.
  • Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, was quoted in an article on East Lansing Info on answers to the latest East Lansing-area coronavirus questions.
  • In an article on Psychology Today, Rodlescia S. Sneed, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Public Health, discusses her research on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic among African American communities.
  • Flint activists, including Kent Key, PhD, director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships in the Division of Public Health, met with Senator Kamala Harris to talk about the Flint water crisis, COVID-19 and the “revolution on racism." Dr. Key also launched the Flint Public Health Youth Academy.
  • "Promoting Public Health in Michigan in the Face of COVID-19" is a free self-paced public health course about the history of public health, social determinants of health, health disparities, COVID-19, health literacy and more.
  • Clarification for the COVID-19 Early Detection Program: Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, is leading a university wide program to test volunteers in the East Lansing community to track cases of COVID-19 on campus throughout the fall semester through a non-intrusive saliva test. Lipton and his team have the capacity to test around 2,000 saliva samples per day, or 10,000 per week through their COVID-19 Early Detection Program. Sign up for the Early Detection Program and join Lipton at a community webinar on October 1 to learn more about this important program. Related media: MSUToday, DBusiness Magazine, MSNBC, WKAR, WGVU.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, is among 170 physician-scientists from 50 universities and hospitals who are studying plasma as a treatment for COVID-19 as part of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. Related media: Detroit Free Press.
  • As the coronavirus spread around the globe, Jeremy Prokop, PhD, wondered, how does it invade the human body, and why is it lethal for some patients and relatively mild for others? He teamed up with several College of Human Medicine students to find answers.
  • In an op-ed on Bloomberg Opinion, Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, says the FDA made the right call in approving the inpatient use of convalescent plasma, which is donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19. Related media: Yahoo News.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, shares her experience with her college-age daughter navigating freshman year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Working Mother.
  • In the recent post on Bioethics in the NewsRobyn Bluhm, PhD, an associate professor in the Lyman Briggs College, discusses the ethics of COVID-19 research.
  • In an article on the The Detroit News, Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, gives his thoughts on sources of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, MSU Division of Public Health, and community partners host a weekly Flint Community COVID-19 webinar series on Fridays at noon via zoom.
  • Helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, African American healthcare leaders, including Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, served as panelists during a virtual town hall with Dr. Robert Redfield and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.
  • Three College of Human Medicine students, Harminder Sandhu, Eunice Lee, and Kryssia Campos-Selvadiscuss their experiences and observations with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jonathan Gold, MD, associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, discusses the plummet of child vaccinations during COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Detroit Free PressHolland SentinelLansing State Journal.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, joined MSNBC to talk about deploying university scientists as a resource in the fight against COVID-19 and how pool testing may be a way to maintain vigilance about viral spread at schools. Related Media: Healthline.
  • Three College of Human Medicine students, Harminder Sandhu, Eunice Lee, and Kryssia Campos-Selvadiscuss their experiences and observations with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jonathan Gold, MD, associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, discusses the plummet of child vaccinations during COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Detroit Free PressHolland SentinelLansing State Journal.
  • In an article on Travel Weekly, Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, says the time isn’t right to resume travel.
  • In an article on NBC NewsMaji Hailemariam, PhD, assistant professor, comments on whether she will be sending her 14-month-old back to day care.
  • Scientists from the College of Human Medicine Department of Translational Neuroscience answer questions about COVID-19.
  • Read about how Division of Public Health faculty, students and alumni are making a difference during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, joined Michigan Radio NPR to explain how antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients may help with coronavirus prevention or treatment.
  • As the number of medical school applicants nationwide has increased, the Lansing State Journal spoke to several future College of Human Medicine students about why they chose to get into the medical field.
  • In an article on The Conversation, Claudia Finkelstein, MD, provides a matrix to help decide how to safely celebrate Father’s Day in a fact-based and safe manner.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, discusses joining the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities on WKAR’s MSU Today with Russ White.
  • In an article on The ConversationClaudia Finkelstein, MD, writes about how to be as safe as possible in your house of worship. 
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for public health integration and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, answers questions about the different COVID-19 tests.
  • Gwendolyn Reyes, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, has been appointed to the Return to Learn Advisory Council by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
  • In an analysis on Addis StandardMaji Hailemariam, PhD, MSW, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, discuss the challenge of mental health access in Ethiopia during COVID-19.
  • Diane Wagner, MD, associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, comments on medical students going back to the clinical environment in an article on AAMC.
  • In an op-ed on Flint BeatDebra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, discusses the need to address collateral damage of COVID-19 to avoid future public health crises.
  • Third-year student, Osose Oboh, joined the American Medical Association's health equity YouTube series to discuss the immediate and long-term health equity considerations and impact this pandemic poses.
  • Jennifer Edwards-Johnson, DO and Debra Furr Holden, PhD, were among authors of a study that looks into racial disparity and implicit bias of COVID-19: “Are Clinicians Contributing to African American COVID-19 Deaths?”
  • Meika Smart, DrPH, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Division of Public Health, answers questions about contact tracing on MSU Today.
  • Morteza MahmoudiPhD, is using nanotechnology to study how to identify patients most at risk from COVID-19.
    Related Media: DBusiness MagazineFuturityNews MedicalPhys.orgScience Magazine.
  • In an article on The ConversationClaudia Finkelstein, MD, Jennifer E. Johnson, PhD, and Julia Felton, PhD, write about the need to focus on our "emotional protective equipment" as reopening begins in uncertain coronavirus times. Related Media: Wisconsin Public Radio.
  • In article on National GeographicDebra Furr-Holden, PhD, who is a member of Michigan's Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, discusses the issue of health care inequalities. Related Media: NewsdayMichigan Radio.
  • The MSU College of Human Medicine has partnered with the Kent County Health Department, Spectrum Health, Meijer and the city of Grand Rapids on “Kent County: Back to Work Safely,” an initiative to compile health screening data from employers.  Related media: MiBiz, MLiveFOX 17Grand Rapids Business JournalThe RapidianWOOD TV8.
  • In an article on The ConversationClaudia Finkelstein, MD, provides guidance on how to practice safe outdoor recreation as distancing measures are lifted.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, discusses the use of convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients. Related media: Amazon BlogBridge MagazineCity PulseThe Detroit NewsSTATWashington State JournalThe Wall Street Journal.
  • In a Bioethics in the News blog post, Sabrina Ford, PhD, writes about the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine debate, and herd immunity.
  • Mieka Smart, DrPH, wrote a faculty voice article on MSUToday titled "Promoting exposure to global public health practices."
  • "Rather than hoping a child is tough enough to endure the insurmountable, we must build resilient places where all children can thrive" pens Mona Hanna-Atisha, MD, in The New York Times op-ed titled "I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient." Related media: PBS.
  • College of Human Medicine faculty Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, and Sabrina Ford, PhD, were among the co-authors of an op-ed in Detroit Free Press titled "No more business as usual: A black response to COVID-19."
  • In honor of the Class of 2020, the College of Human Medicine hosted a virtual graduation celebration on May 9. Watch on YouTubeRelated media: WLNS News 6.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, and Dawn Misra, PhD, joined FOX 2 Detroit to talk about Michigan's need to increase COVID-19 testing.
  • Kenneth Rosenman, MD, chief of Michigan State University's Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, joined WEMU to talk about the dangers, and measures we can take to mitigate health impacts as the economy reopens.
  • Fourth-year College of Human Medicine student Ani Kazanjian writes about using her previous nursing degree to help fight COVID-19 as an ICU nurse. Read on MSUToday.
  • In an article on The Conversation, Claudia Finkelstein, MD, director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations, offers a decision checklist to help you decide how to safely celebrate Mother’s Day.
  • Daniel Havlichek, MD, chief of Infectious Disease, told Newsweek he expects it to be at least a month before an analysis can be made to determine the effects of states’ easing lockdown measures.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, appeared on MSNBC to talk about how academic research labs are getting into the pandemic fight. 
    Related Media: The College Fix.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, writes about her battle with COVID-19 and a call to action on Crain’s Detroit Business.
  • “I can say beyond a reasonable doubt our cases are definitely undercounted here in Traverse City,” says Jean Kerver, PhD, MSc, RD, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on Traverse City Record Eagle.
  • Students at the College of Human Medicine are providing services to frontline health care workers through MI COVIDsitters
    Related media: FOX 17, MSUTodayWZZM.
  • Researchers in our Department of Translational Neuroscience have developed a new COVID-19 testing process, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been asked to grant emergency use authorization for the test. 
    Related media: MSUTodayChicago's Morning Answer, City PulseDBusiness MagazineFOX NewsLansing State JournalWKAR, WOOD TV8Yahoo! News.
  • MSU College of Human Medicine epidemiologist Nigel Paneth, MD, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic led the development of a website to advance the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 infection. He also shares thoughts on reopening the state in Lansing City Pulse.
    Related Media: NBC Nightly News, New York Times, Bridge Magazine, The Detroit News, The Detroit NewsEast Lansing InfoFDL Reporter, Green Bay Press Gazette, Herald Times Reporter, Michigan RadioMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, NPRPost Crescent, Stevens Point Journal, The Today ShowWOOD TV8WWMT News 7.
  • Michelle Walls shares her perspective on what it’s like being a first-medical student during a pandemic on MSUToday.
  • “No one truly ever feels prepared for residency. It is a really difficult transition in the best of times, and I think this (pandemic) has just compounded a lot of those feelings” said Craig Matisoff, fourth-year medical student, in an article on the Detroit Free Press.
    Related Media: The Sault News.
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha joined ABC News 12 to discuss how convalescent plasma can help coronavirus patients and to reflect on the 6th anniversary of the Flint water crisis.
  • Amid the coronavirus crisis, Spartans in the College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Nursing continue the legacy of health care leadership.
  • Michigan State University's Division of Public Health joined a task force that will look at the racial disparities in the Flint community as a result of COVID-19 and economic recovery. Related media: ABC News 12.
  • Michael Brown, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, was featured in a Global News article focusing on COVID-19 and blood clots.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration and the director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, has been appointed to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, appeared on a segment of the Today Show to discuss the use of plasma as a possible COVID-19 treatment.
  • James Dumerauf, MD, clinical assistant professor, talks about his COVID-19 diagnosis in an article on the Holland Sentinel.
  • Leonard Fleck, professor and acting director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, joined FOX 2 Detroit to discuss what could happen if we eliminate social distancing too soon as the pandemic winds down.
  • Fourth-year MSU College of Human Medicine student Sophia Tessema helps create new online COVID-19 screening tool. 
    Related media: Lansing State Journal, msnNOW.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, and Caryl Sortwell, PhD, in the Department of Translational Neuroscience, co-authored the op-ed “We Have a Coronavirus Test – Let us use it” published in the Wall Street Journal. 
  • Physicians Weekly writes "The power of what one physician’s voice can do is exemplified by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician from Michigan whose research and advocacy exposed the Flint water crisis. We will need many Dr. Hanna-Attishas to effectively combat coronavirus."  
  • Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, executive vice president for health sciences, talks about how Spartans are rising up to the challenge amid the coronavirus pandemic in a faculty voice column on MSUToday 
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, joined Michigan Radioand Marketplace to talk about how Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients could be used to treat current patients with the disease.  
  • In this article on The Chronicle of Social Change, first-year medical student, Michelle Walls, writes “My empathy for the conglomerate of dilemmas the coronavirus is contributing to makes me even more eager to be of assistance to the public. 
  • MSU researchers found a way to identify existing drugs that may be repurposed to fight COVID-19. Read more about the study, led by Bin Chen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 
    Related links: DBusiness MagazineMedicalXpress, WBFF FOX 45WLNS 6.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, joined Michigan Radio to talk about how Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients could be used to give temporary immunity to health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
  • Morzeta Mahmoudi, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, discusses the effect of temperature fluctuations on the coronavirus in an article published on The Nanomed Zone.
  • Researchers in the Department of Translational Neuroscience validated a test to detect coronavirus that is more accurate than those currently available, and could help address the national shortage of testing kits.
  • Fourth-year student Haseeb Khan joined WKAR’s Kevin Lavery to discuss the potential of starting his residency earlier than the July 1 start date amid the conoravirus pandemic. 
    Related Media: WZZM 13WOOD TV8.
  • Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, joined Andrea Amalfitano, PhD, DO, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Randy Rasch, PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing, in an episode of MSU Today with Russ White to discuss MSU health care students entering the workforce early to join the fight against COVID-19.
  • MSU is using a commercial oven to re-sterilize N95 masks. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, executive vice president for health sciences, says the method will allow the reuse of the masks at a time of shortages at hospitals where workers are fighting the coronavirus. 
    Related Media: Lansing State JournalRepublicWXYZ Detroit 7.
  • Carol Sortwell, PhD, professor of Translational Neuroscience, organized an effort at the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center to donate supplies to medical workers. 
    Related media: Lansing State Journal.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, announced that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
    Related media: CBS Detroit, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, MedscapeMichigan MattersThe State News.
  • Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, joined West Michigan's Morning News to talk about how graduating health care students are aiding in the COVID-19 response.
  • A new MSU initiative will allow 61 Spartan MDs and other health care students to enter the workforce early to join the fight against COVID-19. Rapidly increasing the number of physicians in local hospitals is core for the college’s contribution to the communities across the state. 
    Related Media: AAMCClickOnDetroit, Feminist.orgFOX 47 NewsLansing State JournalMiBizMLiveThe Detroit NewsWILX News 10WLNS 6WOOD TV8WXYZ-TV Channel 7105.1 The Bounce95.3 MNC.
  • First-year student Neej Patel is working with Med Supply Drive to collect and donate unused PPE to local hospitals, ERs, and clinics in Michigan. Learn more about his efforts and how to can get involved. 
    Related media: Michigan Radio.
  • The Department of Translational Neuroscience teamed up with Crafters Combating COVID to help meet the growing demand for PPE at local hospitals. Michigan State University researchers used the autoclave machine at the Grand Rapids Research Center to sterilize hundreds of masks before being delivered.
  • MSU College of Human Medicine experts weigh in on health-related questions from Bridge Magazine readers
  • Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, discusses his thoughts on the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean of the College of Human Medicine, is encouraging people to practice social distancing. Read more on WLNS 6.
  • Bengt Arnetz, MD, discusses the importance of managing your stress, fatigue and energy levels during the pandemic. Watch the video.