Researchers in Texas have answered the world’s call and stepped up to partner with the greater research community to help combat the spread of the COVID-19. From reworking a vaccine meant to combat SARS nearly 20 years ago, to collaborating with other labs in Texas and around the world, to trying to secure new answers on how COVID-19 spreads and how communities should react, our state’s scientific leaders are working around the clock to find answers and mitigate harm.
Texan Engineers and Scientists Team Together to Manufacture and Sterilize Personal Protective Equipment
As Texas sees record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and Governor Greg Abbott imposed a mask requirement across the state, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened experts to discuss manufacturing and sterilizing personal protective equipment on Thursday, June 25. The engineering-focused session highlighted how COVID-19’s evolution—from initial outbreak to world-wide pandemic—created an urgent need for personal protective equipment and led to a reexamination of protocols regarding proper protection.
TAMEST Member Profile of Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center
One of TAMEST’s newest members, Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her discoveries advancing the understanding of the basic biochemical mechanisms underlying many bacterial infections. The road that Dr. Orth, recipient of the 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, has taken to become a distinguished researcher in her field has been far from easy.
TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Treatment and Vaccine Development
TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 on Thursday, June 11, 2020. TAMEST members, Texas’ greater research community and more heard directly from scientists at the frontier of treatment and vaccine development to learn about their research on therapies and the overall path to and possible timetables for vaccine development.
TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health
TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health on Thursday, May 28, 2020. TAMEST member institutions, the greater Texas research community and more joined TAMEST Member Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D. (NAM), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, for a conversation with state, national and international experts Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D., American Psychological Association, Andy Keller, Ph.D., The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Thomas R. Kosten, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, on the modeling and study of the mental health impacts of the pandemic, including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and psychiatric treatment.