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WVU research suggests interrupting immune response improves multiple sclerosis outcomes

The human immune system is more complex than an arcade game. Immune cells don’t simply gobble up germs the way Pac-Man munches dots. Instead, a complex network of intercellular communication is necessary to keep the immune system working properly. A new study led by Kelly Monaghan—a WVU School of Medicine researcher—identifies part of that intricate process that shows promise as a target for multiple sclerosis therapies. The National Institutes of Health has funded her research.

Machine learning may predict where need for COVID tests is greatest

West Virginia University researchers Brian Hendricks and Brad Price are using machine learning and geographic information systems to identify communities in West Virginia where COVID-vaccine uptake is especially low. What the technology reveals can help get testing resources to the people who need them the most: those who live where low vaccination rates make persistent, localized outbreaks likely.

WVU undergraduate researchers showcase work for lawmakers in Charleston

Undergraduate researchers from West Virginia University showcased their work at the State Capitol in Charleston Friday (Feb. 18), giving lawmakers a glimpse of the work they do in disease-carrying insects, the weather’s effect on renewable energy resources and the economic potential of petunias—just a few of the topics addressed by 49 presenters from WVU’s Morgantown and Beckley campuses.

WVU takes steps to address dining concerns, modernize venues

Representatives from Sodexo joined West Virginia University Dining Services during Friday’s (Feb. 18) Board of Governors meeting to acknowledge recent concerns about food quality and to outline the steps being taken to address them.