CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingUConn Today announced Paulo Verardi, an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Joanne Conover, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the impact of postinfectious hydrocephalus on the stem cell niche of the ventricular system during brain development.

UConn Today reported researchers in the Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research (CEVR) in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science (PVS) made a breakthrough in vaccine development for a common and difficult to treat pneumonia-causing pathogen, Mycoplasma pneumoniae. PVS Department Head and Professor Steven Geary and PVS Assistant Professor Steven Szczepanek are quoted. Geary said the vaccine research is a team effort and cited the contributions of graduate students Arlind Mara and Tyler Gavitt, both Ph.D. candidates in PVS, to the project. Science Times also reported on the breakthrough.

In June 2020, the Korey Stringer Institute published Return to Sports and Exercise during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic Programs,” a document created to serve as a resource for sport organizations, high schools and college sport programs to return to sports safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Douglas Casa, professor of kinesiology and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, spoke with Three Cycle Strength on a recent podcast episode to share his perspective on the document and the unique challenges COVID-19 presents.

UConn Today reported UConn alumni now have the opportunity to take the same online class about the COVID-19 pandemic that was offered during the spring and early summer semesters for students, faculty and staff. The course, “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Health, Business, and Society,” included Professor Sherry Pagoto of Allied Health Sciences and Assistant Professor Steven Szczepanek of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science as course instructors.

UConn Athletics reported that several UConn Lacrosse alumnae are medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article quoted Lauren Kwasnowski, a graduate of allied health sciences, who works as a physical therapist at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

By Jason M. Sheldon

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