Category: Research Highlights

Blood Test At COVID-19 Diagnosis Can Predict Disease Severity, Study Finds

UVA researchers, Mary Young, Mayuresh Abhyankar, Bill Petri and Allie Donlan, found that doctors can examine COVID-19 patients’ blood to identify those at greatest risk of severe illness and most…

UVA Chemist Wins Cottrell Scholar Award For Her Work With Giant Molecules

The study of polymers – molecular structures composed of thousands of atoms – may be one of the fastest-growing fields in science today. According to the World Economic Forum, research…

Q&A: Infectious Diseases Expert Talks Vaccines and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread, harming and hampering lives and economies, one thing is clear: we need a vaccine. Dr. Steven Zeichner, a University of Virginia infectious diseases…

Exercise May Offer ‘Profound’ Benefits For Friedreich’s Ataxia, Research Suggests

A top exercise researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is urging clinical trials of exercise in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia after finding that physical activity has a “profound” protective…

Diet, Gut Microbes Affect Effectiveness of Cancer Treatment, Research Reveals

Eyleen O’Rourke, UVA assistant professor of biology, says that by modulating the microbes that live in our gut, there is enormous potential to improve treatment outcomes. What we eat can…

In Victory Over Polio, Hope for the Battle Against COVID-19

UVA Health's Bill Petri, MD, PhD, is developing a vaccine for COVID-19. For much of the 20th century, summer was “polio season,” and people were accustomed to seeing swimming pools…

COVID-19: UVA Discovery Spurs Clinical Trial Of Antidepressant To Fight Virus

An antidepressant medication is being tested as a potential treatment for COVID-19 after University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers determined it may prevent dangerous overreactions by the immune system. Researchers…

Spinal Cord Injuries: UVA Scientists Probe Individual Cells To Find Better Treatments

Two top scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are seeking answers to questions about spinal cord injuries that have long frustrated the development of effective treatments. The scientists,…

Brain Discovery Suggests Source of Lifelong Behavioral Issues

"When the damage isn’t recognized, the cells that have DNA damage live on in the CNS [central nervous system] and can be seen by accumulation of DNA damage in the…

UVA Identifies Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis

Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The discovery suggests…