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Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Innovation in Diabetes Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has jumpstarted innovation in health care delivery and allowed for real-world testing of diabetes care models in unprecedented ways, according to a manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
For diabetes, which affects half a billion people worldwide, innovation has long been overdue. Currently, less than 50 percent of people with diabetes meet glycemic targets, which minimize the risk of complications. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity to rapidly implement and test models of diabetes care that were not possible before. These innovative models like telehealth have the potential to improve medical outcomes and the patient experience beyond the pandemic.
“We need to change the way we provide care, considering that outcomes of people with diabetes have not improved over the last decade,” said task fo
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Yale Cancer Center Receives ACGT Grant to Advance Strategies for Treating Pancreatic Cancer
With a $500,000 Research Grant from Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), Sidi Chen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics and Systems Biology Institute at Yale School of Medicine and member of Yale Cancer Center, will advance a versatile and highly scalable strategy he’s been developing and calling MAEGI -- Multiplexed Activation of Endogenous Genes as an Immunotherapy.
“Cell and gene therapies that leverage the natural power of the immune system are extending lives and improving quality of lives,” says Dr. Chen. “A number of approaches are being tested and employed today. All of them offer promise in the fight against solid tumors, but none are perfect.”
“The ACGT Scientific Advisory Council finds Dr. Chen’s MAEGI technology to be unique and exciting because it simultaneously targets multiple differences and activates multiple immune system responses,” says Kevin
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AABB Installs David R. Green as Association President During Virtual Annual Meeting
AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) announced that David R. Green, MSA, began his term as President of the Association for the 2020-2021 term today, the last day of the 2020 AABB Virtual Annual Meeting. Green succeeds Beth Shaz, MD.
“I have been a member of AABB for almost 30 years. It is truly an honor to continue to serve the transfusion medicine and biotherapies community now as President of this Association,” said Green. “I am particularly impressed at how quickly our community has been able to adapt and overcome so many of the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to working with AABB members as we continue to ensure the safety of donors and patients worldwide during these demanding times.”
Green has served as Vitalant President & CEO since 2016, after two years as blood services division president. Before joining Vitalan