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Researchers Discover Hidden SARS-CoV-2 ‘Gate’ That Opens to Allow COVID Infection

August 19, 2021

New visualizations of SARS-CoV-2 have allowed researchers to discover how the virus enters and infects healthy human cells. They found that glycan sugar molecules act as infection “gates” to our cell’s receptors.

UC San Diego Breaks Record with $1.54B in Research Funding

August 18, 2021

In fiscal year 2021 (July 1-June 30), UC San Diego earned $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding, a 6% increase over the previous year. This is the largest number ever for the university and marks the 12th consecutive year the campus has earned more than $1 billion in funding to support its ext

Most of UC San Diego’s COVID-19 Cases Detected Early by Wastewater Screening

August 11, 2021

Part of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program, wastewater screening helped prevent outbreaks by detecting 85 percent of cases early, allowing for timely testing, contact tracing and isolation.

Young, Healthy Woman Suffers Brain Inflammation after Mild COVID-19 Infection

August 9, 2021

UC San Diego Health physicians describe first known case of young, healthy adult experiencing central nervous system inflammation due to COVID-19, but without cognitive impairment.

Organ Transplant Recipients Significantly Protected by COVID-19 Vaccination

August 5, 2021

UC San Diego researchers report that solid organ transplant recipients who were vaccinated experienced an almost 80 percent reduction in the incidence of symptomatic COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated counterparts during the same time.

Q&A: Realism on Achieving Herd Immunity with Dr. Chip Schooley

August 4, 2021

“When will we get ‘back to normal?’” is a question looming on many Americans’ minds. The answer largely depends on the country’s ability to substantially ramp up immunity to SARS CoV-2.

Rethinking Remdesivir

August 2, 2021

UC San Diego researchers modify remdesivir, creating oral version that can be taken earlier in COVID-19 diagnoses. In cell and animal studies, revised drug proved effective and safe.

3D “Assembloid” Shows How SARS-CoV-2 Infects Brain Cells

July 16, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine have produced a stem cell model that demonstrates a potential route of entry of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, into the human brain.

Common Medication Used to Reduce Cholesterol Levels May Reduce COVID-19 Severity 

July 15, 2021

Using anonymized medical records from a national registry, UC San Diego researchers confirm earlier findings that statins may substantially minimize adverse outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

For Transplant Patients, COVID-19 Vaccination Presents a Different Uncertainty

July 1, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego Health have launched a pair of clinical trials to study the immune response of COVID-19 vaccinated transplant recipients of bone marrow and solid organs, such as the heart, lung, liver and kidney.
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