UCI News

Daily Pilot, April 2, 2020
Around Town: UCI Health names new CEO at ‘pivotal time for healthcare’ due to coronavirus
The UC Irvine health system has named Chad Lefteris as its new chief executive. … Lefteris will oversee the overall UCI Health operation, which includes UCI Medical Center in Orange and more than a dozen outpatient research and specialty care centers throughout Orange County and parts of Riverside County. He has been UCI Health’s chief operating officer since December 2018. “With the vast spread of COVID-19, this is a pivotal time for healthcare in our state and nation,” Lefteris said. “I will prioritize the health of our community and the safety and well-being of our physicians, nurses and staff as we work together to get through this pandemic.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, April 2, 2020 (Video)
Herd immunity: Expert explains how it could contribute to slowing spread of coronavirus
How will the coronavirus pandemic end? We are learning more about several possible paths. One is a vaccine in the works. Another is the concept of herd immunity. Andrew Noymer, a public heath professor at University of California, Irvine, explained how herd immunity works. … “Herd immunity is the concept that once a certain proportion of the whole population is immune, the virus has a really hard time bouncing from person to person. And so, what we want to get to eventually is a situation where most people are immune and then the epidemic will die out,” Noymer said.

Orange County Register, April 3, 2020
When can life resume after coronavirus? Widespread blood testing can hold answers, experts say
A proposal for human subjects research has been submitted to UC Irvine’s Institutional Review Board. If approval is granted, a notice will be posted at https://uci.edu/coronavirus/ in coming days. “Then we hope that we’ll be able to test sera from people who would like to get their blood tested for coronavirus antibodies,” said Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility. “This activity doesn’t require FDA approval. We need to anticipate more demand for this type of service,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, April 3, 2020
UCI Law Ups Pro Bono Work
UC Irvine Law School students are doing more pro bono work amid the coronavirus crisis. About 30 have taken on new projects involving humanitarian parole requests; tracking city and county activity on homelessness and housing insecurity; and delivering legal documents to seniors, among other work, according to Anna Davis, director of Pro Bono Programs at UCI Law. A focus of the law school has always been such groups—students have logged more than 100,000 hours of pro bono work over the past decade—and new approaches are emerging amid social distancing and other restrictions. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S News & World Report, April 3, 2020
Why Young People Should Care About COVID-19
Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of hospital epidemiology and assistant professor of infectious diseases with the School of Medicine at UC Irvine in Irvine, California, witnesses that feeling of invulnerability each year from younger people who don’t get the flu shot, even though the flu can and has killed young people. Brain development also plays a role. The prefrontal cortex in our brains, which affects judgment and impulse control, is the last part of the brain to develop, Gohil says. It typically develops around age 25. It’s one reason why young people tend to engage in riskier behavior.

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