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COVID-19: Long Haul Symptoms, Testing and Impact of Environmental Exposures

Sunday April 03, 2022

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)


Chair :

Cheryl Rockwell
Michigan State Univ

The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2019 precipitated a cataclysmic global pandemic. This symposium will focus on various timely issues related to this epidemic. The first presentation will focus on long haul symptoms of Covid-19 infection. The second speaker will present on the transition of her laboratory from basic research to development of a novel Covid-19 diagnostic test. The third presentation will discuss the potential effects of vaping on the immune response to respiratory viruses. Taken together, this program will cover a range of issues related to Covid-19, ranging from long haul Covid and testing to environmental exposure and susceptibility.


Angela Slitt - University of Rhode Island

How to Transition a Basic research Lab into a Covid-19 test Development Lab in the Middle of a Global Pandemic

In the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic, there was a severe shortage of tests due to numerous factors, including lack of reagents needed for the PCR tests. To address this, Dr. Slitt’s laboratory developed a non-invasive saliva test that retained the sensitivity and specificity of the PCR test, but utilized a different methodology known as the branched DNA assay. In this presentation, Dr. Slitt will discuss the development of a clinical diagnostic test development lab and the impact of Covid testing on community spread and identification of long-haul Covid.

Ilona Jaspers - University of North Carolina

Effect of Vaping on Immune Response to Respiratory Viruses, such as Covid-19 and Influenza

Numerous environmental exposures have been shown to negatively impact immunity against respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19. The focus of this talk will be on the impact of vaping and other environmental exposures on lung immunity and susceptibility to Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses.

Talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Last Updated: August 31, 2021
Key Dates
November 30, 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline

February 7, 2022

Early Registration Deadline

April 2 – 5, 2022

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