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For us, as a society, to be able to send children to school, we have to make tough decisions and sacrifices in other areas. We can't have it all. ”

Jorge Salinas, MD, hospital epidemiologist says in a Vox article about addressing potential surges in COVID-19 cases.

I think our experience with many, many respiratory viral infections shows that immunity doesn't last that long. That's why people get colds over and over again... So, what this virus is doing doesn't appear to me any different than what I would have expected based on what I know about MERS and what I know about the common cold coronaviruses.”
Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, UI professor of microbiology and immunology, tells Mother Jones about the implications of COVID-19 reinfection.

One way we improved our overall culture is by appointing more women in leadership positions. This is important to me. We have new female leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion roles who are leading our discussions and action plans to address topics such as gender workplace issues and developing new staff training curriculum on patient-initiated sexual harassment (much of which is targeted toward women).”

Suresh Gunasekaran, Chief Executive Officer of UI Hospitals & Clinics says in Becker's Hospital Review.

COVID-19 to me was a brush fire - it was coming at us very fast, and I needed to make a decision: Do we stay in the house or do we leave? I decided that I was going to keep as many new trials that were necessary open, and once we had our vision to keep our trials open, everybody went to the task.”

Mohammed Milhem, MBBS, associate director for clinical research in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, told Medscape Medical News.

Paper trail

This is a small sample of notable manuscripts recently published by University of Iowa researchers.

Landrigan CP, Rahman SA, Sullivan JP, Vittinghoff E, Barger LK, Sanderson AL, Wright KP Jr, O'Brien CS, Qadri S, St Hilaire MA, Halbower AC, Segar JL, McGuire JK, Vitiello MV, de la Iglesia HO, Poynter SE, Yu PL, Zee PC, Lockley SW, Stone KL, Czeisler CA; ROSTERS Study Group. Effect on Patient Safety of a Resident Physician Schedule without 24-Hour Shifts. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jun 25;382(26):2514-2523. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1900669

Turan A, Duncan A, Leung S, Karimi N, Fang J, Mao G, Hargrave J, Gillinov M, Trombetta C, Ayad S, Hassan M, Feider A, Howard-Quijano K, Ruetzler K, Sessler DI; DECADE Study Group. Dexmedetomidine for reduction of atrial fibrillation and delirium after cardiac surgery (DECADE): a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2020 Jul 18;396(10245):177-185. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30631-0

Smith BM, Kirby M, Hoffman EA, Kronmal RA, Aaron SD, Allen NB, Bertoni A, Coxson HO, Cooper C, Couper DJ, Criner G, Dransfield MT, Han MK, Hansel NN, Jacobs DR Jr, Kaufman JD, Lin CL, Manichaikul A, Martinez FJ, Michos ED, Oelsner EC, Paine R 3rd, Watson KE, Benedetti A, Tan WC, Bourbeau J, Woodruff PG, Barr RG; MESA Lung, CanCOLD, and SPIROMICS Investigators. Association of Dysanapsis With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among Older Adults. JAMA. 2020 Jun 9;323(22):2268-2280. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6918

Perencevich EN, Diekema DJ, Edmond MB. Moving Personal Protective Equipment Into the Community: Face Shields and Containment of COVID-19 [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 29]. JAMA. 2020 Apr 29;10.1001/jama.2020.7477. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.7477

Wang P, Loh KH, Wu M, Morgan DA, Schneeberger M, Yu X, Chi J, Kosse C, Kim D, Rahmouni K, Cohen P, Friedman J. A leptin-BDNF pathway regulating sympathetic innervation of adipose tissue. Nature. 2020 Jul;583(7818):839-844. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2527-y