Tracing the start of COVID-19 in GA

At a time when COVID-19 appears to be receding in much of Georgia, it’s worth revisiting the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Emory virologist Anne Piantadosi and colleagues have a paper in Viral Evolution on the earliest SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequences detected in Georgia. Analyzing relationships between those virus sequences and samples from other states and countries can give us an idea about where the first COVID-19 infections in Georgia came from. We can draw Read more

Reddit as window into opioid withdrawal strategies

Drug abuse researchers are using the social media site Reddit as a window into the experiences of people living with opioid addiction. Abeed Sarker in Emory's Department of Biomedical Informatics has a paper in Clinical Toxicology focusing on the phenomenon of “precipitated withdrawal,” in collaboration with emergency medicine specialists from Penn, Rutgers and Mt Sinai. Precipitated withdrawal is a more intense form of withdrawal that can occur when someone who was using opioids starts medication-assisted treatment Read more

CROI: HIV cure report and ongoing research

The big news out of CROI (Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections) was a report of a third person being cured of HIV infection, this time using umbilical cord blood for a hematopoetic stem cell transplant. Emory’s Carlos del Rio gave a nice overview of the achievement for NPR this morning. As del Rio explains, the field of HIV cure research took off over the last decade after Timothy Brown, known as “the Berlin patient,” Read more

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Emory and the CDC

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters

Today, as Dr. Thomas Frieden takes the helm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory’s own Dr. Kenneth Thorpe is providing expert commentary on President Barack Obama’s decision to name the former New York City health commissioner to the position and discussing what type of impact Frieden could make in the cheap oakley future.

The CDC, located adjacent to the Emory University campus, has strong ties to the university, including former CDC director, Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, who now heads Emory’s Global Health Institute. Many within the Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health have strong connections to the CDC.

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