Science & Research

URMC COVID-19 vaccine trials paused

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is joining hospitals around the world in conducting a phase 3 clinical trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine, known as AZD1222.

UR’s BCS department receives $12.2 mil NIH grant

The research project focuses on how the brain understands the difference between object motion and self-motion, and how different parts of our eyes and brain interact to “give rise to our percepts of what we see,” according to Assistant Professor of BCS Ralf Haefner.

UR tentatively starts reopening research labs

The labs have several social distancing measures in place, like limiting the number of people in labs, strategically scheduling shifts, and reorganizing spaces.

URMC studies COVID-19 vaccines, social distancing

Though testing will take place with multiple visits over a period of two years, it’s possible that the resulting vaccine will be ready for emergency use before then, with plans in place for millions of doses to be available by the end of the year, and production being upped to hundreds of millions in 2021.

URMC studies COVID-19 immune system responses

The study may impact efforts to create a vaccine for the virus by investigating questions like why there are so many mild and asymptomatic infections, whether people can be re-infected, and whether the virus is mutating.

Coronavirus treatment trial to begin at URMC

Remdesivir is one of the drugs being tested as a treatment for COVID-19. Scientists hope that it will block the virus’ ability to replicate within cells.

A lang of thrones

If you’re a big fan of “Game of Thrones,” you’ve probably seen all the episodes and read all the books. If you’re a really big fan, you might own some memorabilia and know the characters’ backstories. But are you really a true fan if you don’t speak Dothraki, or at the very least High Valyrian?

Researchers discover new shape-memory polymer

The shape-memory polymer could have a variety of applications, including sutures, artificial skin, body-heat assisted medical dispensers, and self-fitting clothing.

UR researcher receives NASA grant to study brain health in space

Dr. Michael O’Banion, a researcher at URMC, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant to study the effect deep space…

CEIS renews official status and funding

The University of Rochester’s Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) was recently  reinstated as a New York State Center…