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Suellen Hopfer, University of California Irvine – Social Media Strategies to Educate Young Adults on Vaccines – The Academic Minute

How do we best educate young adults about vaccines? Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of health, society, and behavior at the University of California, Irvine program in public health, discusses social media’s role. Suellen Hopfer has a PhD in health communication and post-doctorate training in prevention methods and randomized trial designs. She has been teaching and conducting research…

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UC researchers win grant to develop pandemic prediction technology – The Daily Bruin

A team of researchers from UCLA and UC Irvine won a grant in September to design a system to detect signs of future pandemics using artificial intelligence. The 18-month grant, for just under $996,000, was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention program, according to the NSF. By using open-source intelligence –…

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Bert L. Semler gave the John Holland Plenary lecture at the 2022 American Society for Virology Meeting

Bert L. Semler gave the John Holland Plenary lecture on “Persistent Enterovirus Genomic Variants and their Involvement in Cardiac Pathogenesis” at the 2022 American Society for Virology Meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Congratulations to Dr. Roberto Tinoco and his lab members for their newly published paper.

Dr. Roberto Tinoco and his lab members recently published a paper on “PD-1 Immune Checkpoint Blockade and PSGL-1 Inhibition Synergize to Reinvigorate Exhausted T Cells”

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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Wagar

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Wagar, Assistant Professor Biophysics and Physiology, for being selected as a recipient of the the inaugural Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology for her essay entitled “Small centers of defense: Deciphering immune responses to viruses and vaccines using human tonsil organdies”…

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Younger kids: To vax or not to vax? That is the question

 “The younger the children were, the more hesitant the parents were to have them vaccinated,” Hopfer said. Read the article here…

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Is the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus a threat to Orange County?

Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, said he’s not currently worried about the variant because transmission of the virus is low, which he attributes partly to the seasonal nature of the virus. Read the article here….

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COVID isn’t spread by mosquitoes. But the next pandemic might be

Anthony A. James, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine, told me the Aedes mosquito previously had a tough time gaining a foothold in California “because winters were cool and long enough to challenge their survival.”

“As things have warmed up, it is not as challenging for them,” he said. “Combining this with the human-driven availability of water from landscaping, agricultural use and small containers in yards, we have essentially created an ideal environment for them.”…

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The COVID vaccine came out super quickly. Here’s why it’s safe.

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Commentary: Rapid search for COVID-19 vaccine faces undue skepticism despite life-saving potential

“I’m very, very frustrated about the disdain in general for science,” said Dr. Don Forthal, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC Irvine and member of the CVR. “It’s hard to know to what degree this general mistrust of science will impact the use of a vaccine when…

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