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Many Disciplines, One Purpose  

America’s first community-acquired case of COVID-19 arrived at UC Davis Medical Center on February 26, 2020. Experts from UC Davis immediately began working together to find solutions to a new global threat. Today their collective experience in virology, zoonotic diseases, human health, medicine, engineering and animal model research is helping us tackle the crisis at all levels, from the field and the laboratory to the hospital bed and beyond.

In the Deans Discuss: COVID-19 video podcast, hosts Allison Brashear, dean of the School of Medicine, and Michael D. Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, examine the collaboration taking place across UC Davis and consider the pathways to progress that lie ahead.

Deans Discuss: COVID-19 Season 1 Episodes

Episode 5: Innovation in the Time of COVID, Part 2

There’s so much exciting science going on right now, the deans decided to pick up where they left off last week to further discuss innovations at the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine. Smartphone apps could help make contact tracing more productive and less labor intensive. Scrutinizing air flow within built environments helps us understand how microorganisms make their way through the biome. Plus, we look at how genomic tools could shape our predictions of how this virus will evolve and how we’ll adapt to the next pandemic when it inevitably arrives.

Episode 4: Innovation in the Time of COVID

Responding to a crisis requires creative thinking at a breakneck pace. In this episode, the deans discuss how our multidisciplinary focus is leading to novel solutions—from promising drug trials to scanners that create incredibly nuanced pictures of a patient’s lung damage. UC Davis engineers, mathematicians and even cultural anthropologists are using large data sets and computer modeling to make critical predictions about the behavior of a virus going through a population. Find out how a diversity of minds is solving today’s unique problems.

Episode 3: Medical Education Amid Pandemic

At the UC Davis School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted day-to-day learning and all the usual celebrations. But it also presented opportunities to reimagine both training and care practices. In this episode, the deans discuss how their respective schools adapted and applied lessons that may provide lasting improvement to not only healthcare worker effectiveness but also access and safety for patients and pet owners.

Episode 2: The Race for the Vaccine

It’s one of the biggest questions on the public’s mind: How soon will we have a readily available COVID-19 vaccine? In this episode, our deans discuss how public immunization began and how it’s done today. They examine the challenges in producing rapid research while also ensuring patient safety and product efficacy. Discover recent innovations in vaccine delivery systems, including an easy-to-administer skin patch with microneedles. All on today’s Dean’s Discuss: COVID-19.

Episode 1: Testing 1-2-3

In this episode, our deans discuss the race to ramp up testing capabilities to not only diagnose patients but also learn more about the virus and how it is spread through the population. They also consider all the sticky questions that go along with testing: What are the technical and logistical challenges? What’s the difference between a PCR test and an antibody test? How accurate are they? Who benefits from them? Should asymptomatic people get tested? Should pets get tested? Find out why some tests might be useless to individuals but incredibly valuable to vaccine researchers. All that and more in this episode of Deans Discuss: COVID-19.

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