Science Talks: A conversation hosted by the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute
By BIO5 Institute
In our Science Talks podcast, we share the important research and innovation happening at the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute and how it impacts all of us, our state, and our world. BIO5 brings together hundreds of multifaceted experts that include world-class bioscientists, engineers, physicians, and computational researchers in a team science environment designed to creatively solve difficult problems.
In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Bonnie LaFleur about her upcoming Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 lecture, "Transition to Normalcy: Testing and Public Health Measures in The Time of Vaccines," on March 15, 2021. LaFleur, a BIO5 member and research professor of biostatistics, discusses how the different testing methods and vaccination will enable us to one day reach our "new normal." She also stresses that building "social contracts" with those in our inner circle are essential to keeping ourselves and others safe.
In this episode of Science Talks, Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Floyd "Ski" Chilton, BIO5 member and Director of the Precision Nutrition and Wellness Initiative. Chilton discusses the importance of the upcoming Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 public series, which launches with Dr. Michael Worobey's lecture on Monday, February 15, 2021. Chilton also shares how he pursues mindfulness and well-being in his own life, and how he imparts these messages on others through his research, outreach and books.
Soon after the pandemic started, more than half a million dollars was rapidly reallocated to supply 13 interdisciplinary teams with immediate funding to pursue basic science, technology, clinical or population-based research projects that directly address COVID-19.
In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Jianqin Lu, BIO5 member and assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, about his two BIO5 COVID-19 seed grant projects. The first focuses on the use of nanotechnology to improve efficacy and minimize toxicity of anti-malarial drugs against COVID-19, while the second project explores whether enhancing COVID-19 patients’ immune systems can treat their infections.
In this episode, we’re talking about BIO5 seed grants that were awarded to quickly launch innovative COVID-19 projects.
Soon after the pandemic started, more than half a million dollars was rapidly reallocated to supply thirteen interdisciplinary teams with immediate funding to pursue basic science, technology, clinical or population-based research projects that directly addressed COVID-19.
During the course of this and future episodes, we will learn more about the inspiration behind some of the team projects, what the rapid funding allowed them to do, and the progress they have made towards their goals.
Today, Dr. Kristen Pogreba Brown, Assistant Professor in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Member of the BIO5 Institute joins us to share more about her work on the COVID-19 pandemic.