Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; NAU president finalist named; Bio startups selected for Flinn program

February 25, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Researchers throughout Arizona are making great strides in learning more about the impacts of COVID-19, vaccine effectiveness, and potential treatments. Northern Arizona University researchers believe Stenoparib, a drug being studied to treat ovarian cancer, can be combined with Remdesivir to treat those infected with COVID-19. At the University of Arizona, researchers plan to test vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 variants for people with compromised immune systems. And Banner Sun Health in Sun City has released a preliminary report about its findings from a federally funded study mapping the invasion of COVID-19 in the brain.

UA researchers study immunity against new coronavirus variants / Arizona Republic

Researchers ramp up COVID-19 variant tracking efforts in Arizona / KOLD

What is a COVID-19 variant and what do they mean for the community? / ABC 15

NAU researchers find drug combination that would help treat those with COVID-19 / 12 News

Banner Sun Health looks at what happens when COVID-19 invades the brain / KJZZ

Banner Health Chief Clinical Officer: Vaccine is way out of pandemic, but still work to do to get there / KJZZ

Data shows far more white seniors in Arizona are getting COVID-19 vaccines than seniors of color. The inequity could get worse / Arizona Republic

East Valley to get state-run COVID-19 vaccine site next week / KTAR

Maricopa County closing 2 COVID-19 vaccine pods, changing distribution / KTAR

COVID-19 vaccine FAQ, Arizona National Guard, mobile vaccinations / Arizona Public Media

Daily COVID-19 cases in Arizona drop below 1,000 / AZ Big Media     

Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic as risk shifts / AZ Big Media

Northern Arizona University president finalist Cruz seeks new university vision / Arizona Daily Sun

As Northern Arizona University’s 17th president, electrical engineer and educator José Luis Cruz wants to bring the school the same worldwide recognition as its sister universities through a vision that can be backed by the entire community. Read more: ‘Hit the ground learning’: Dr. José Luis Cruz is set to become 17th president of Northern Arizona University

7 Arizona bioscience startups receive $30K in entrepreneurship program / KTAR

Seven Arizona-based bioscience startups selected for the 2021 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program will each receive $30,000 in funding support through a nonprofit partner, a personalized learning plan to help advance the company, and connections with the state’s bioscience leaders in business, research, and policy. Read more: 7 bioscience startups earn $30K through Flinn entrepreneurship program

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