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Division of Research - Wayne State University

COVID-19 and Public Health Crisis: Research Coordination Updates

Dear Colleagues –

As we have all shifted and adjusted over the last few weeks, I want to follow up on earlier communications with a couple of items.

Let me first convey my deep appreciation to all for working together to adjust to this situation. This has been and will be a challenging time and I am sure all have been touched on a personal level, either directly or indirectly, with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have scheduled a second Zoom conference platform for faculty in the Wayne State research ecosystem as follows:

Friday, April 17, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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For the meeting on Friday, we will provide a brief general update on current and future state for research activities on campus and also provide an overview of COVID-19 basic and clinical research activities on campus.

Responding to an infectious disease crisis requires the integration of basic research to understand the contagion and the disease process with the development and testing of vaccines and therapies. As research teams from academic, industry and clinical institutions respond to the COVID-19 crisis, coordination of efforts will maximize efficiency and be of broad benefit for all of those in the communities that we serve.

We have established two mechanisms as a platform to connect, support and coordinate across this sector.

The first mechanism involves information sharing for ongoing COVID-19 active and planned basic and clinical research initiatives on campus. 

The second mechanism involves coordination of clinical research activities that involve clinical trials, specimen collections, behavioral studies data tabulation/assessment and other studies involving human subjects or health care information.  

We will touch upon both of these mechanisms in the meeting on Friday.

I hope you are able to join us for the Zoom meeting on Friday. Please contact  Julie O'Connor ( with any logistical issues or suggestions prior to the meeting.

Again, my appreciation to all for everyone’s efforts, contributions, guidance and engagement –

Steve Lanier