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VA Research Spotlight

Highlights of VA Research on COVID-19

November 18, 2020

VA Research Spotlight is a monthly roundup of research news on topics affecting Veterans' health. This special edition focuses on VA research on COVID-19 and the pandemic's impact on Veterans, their families, and their communities.

VA research on COVID-19

COVID-19 Fact Sheet In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VA Research has undertaken a wide array of activities to help Veterans affected by the disease. These efforts have focused on establishing and taking part in clinical trials and data analysis aimed at understanding and treating COVID-19. VA Research has collaborated with multiple partners—like pharmaceutical companies—to identify the areas in which VA could make the greatest contribution to combatting the novel coronavirus.


Learn about volunteering in COVID-19 research

While COVID-19 research is progressing, with early data from vaccine candidates showing promising results, VA is still looking for a few good Veterans to join VA’s ongoing clinical trials for vaccines and treatments. We especially want to make sure vaccines and treatments work in the people most affected by COVID-19. Data shows this includes people over age 65, people with chronic (long-term) health conditions, and Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous people. By signing up for the COVID-19 Research Volunteer List, you have an opportunity to help make sure new vaccines and treatments are effective for everyone. If you sign up, you are not committing to join a study—it gives you an opportunity to learn more, if you seem like a good match for a trial.


Doing your part to fight COVID-19

Veterans are warriors. You have a long history of fighting battles on foreign shores and defending national security. Also, you are often the first to come forward to protect your country, your communities and the people you love. Your country needs your service again.


Multimedia coverage of VA COVID-19 research

Join VA's COVID-19 clinical trials for vaccines and treatments
Watch this 30-second public service announcement from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the U.S., asking Americans from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to consider joining VA's clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Alongside Dr. Fauci and Dr. Adams are Black and Hispanic Veterans who've felt the impact of COVID-19, such as Michele Jones, the first woman to reach the position of command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve, and Dr. Adam Robinson, director of the VA Medical Center in Honolulu and former Surgeon General of the Navy.



COVID Update #7: Clinical Trials and Emergency Department Procedures
Dr. Molly Klote and Dr. Chad Kessler join this bonus episode of Borne the Battle to discuss the various ways VA is helping with the national effort to combat COVID-19. The two doctors are fighting it in very different, but equally important ways.



VA Research Currents

COVID-19 'collaboratory' leverages VA treatment data to probe effects of drugsCOVID-19 'collaboratory' leverages VA treatment data to probe effects of drugs
A VA research initiative is bringing together VA experts to analyze the use and effects of COVID-19 drugs with clinical partners interested in the safety and efficiency of these therapies.... (10/16/2020)



Study points to race, ethnicity as COVID-19 risk factorsStudy points to race, ethnicity as COVID-19 risk factors
A VA study found that Black and Hispanic Veterans were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19.... (09/23/2020)



VA aims to validate effective treatments for COVID-19 patients through new initiativeVA aims to validate effective treatments for COVID-19 patients through new initiative
New VA initiative is aimed at giving Veterans faster access to COVID-19 treatments and confirming their effectiveness. Its first trial is on convalescent plasma for treating seriously ill patients.... (09/02/2020)



VA participates in COVID-19 trial on drug used to curb inflammationVA participates in COVID-19 trial on drug used to curb inflammation
The VA hospitals in Houston and Miami are part of an international clinical trial on the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab. The trial is for hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia.... (07/27/2020)



VA technology center switches gears to produce COVID-19 medical suppliesVA technology center switches gears to produce COVID-19 medical supplies
The Human Engineering Research Laboratories is one of several large VA facilities that have switched gears to make medical supplies that help meet the demand triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis.... (07/08/2020)



VA pharmacist donates blood plasma as part of efforts to find treatment for COVID-19VA pharmacist donates blood plasma as part of efforts to find treatment for COVID-19
Dr. Parisa Khan, a VA pharmacist and recovered COVID-19 patient, donated her convalescent plasma so it could be used as an investigational treatment for another patient struggling with the illness, as part of a nationwide program.... (06/02/2020)



VA physician invents device to expand patient access to ventilatorsVA physician invents device to expand patient access to ventilators
A VA physician and his colleagues invented a device that allows doctors to customize air pressure settings for two patients using a single ventilator....



VA scientists race to determine effectiveness of prostate cancer drug in treating COVID-19 patientVA scientists race to determine effectiveness of prostate cancer drug in treating COVID-19 patients
Nearly 200 Veterans are expected to take part in a study on the drug degarelix for treating male Veterans with the disease.... (05/22/2020)







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