Loss of Y chromosome, RNA tied to radiation resistance in male lung-cancer patients

West Virginia University researcher Ivan Martinez is investigating how RNA—a diverse class of molecules that includes those in the COVID-19 vaccine—can influence lung cancer’s response to radiation therapy. In a new study, he found that an abundance of one type of RNA was associated with better radiation sensitivity.

WVU adjusts amid pandemic-related impacts, plans for the future

The West Virginia University Board of Governors approved several measures during a special meeting on Friday (March 5) as the University continues efforts to successfully navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the future.

WVU Day of Giving sets new records for dollars raised, gifts received

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University made over 5,000 gifts totaling $11.9 million Wednesday (March 3) during the University’s fourth Day of Giving, setting new records for the 24-hour online fundraising event held across the University system. The final numbers surpassed $11.3 million raised and over 4,000 gifts in 2019, the last time the event was held.

WV Prevention Research Center initiatives address COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic created a barrier to care for West Virginians living with chronic disease, meaning many residents needed to find a new way of managing their health. The West Virginia Prevention Research Center, housed in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is providing support to organizations that needed to quickly adjust their focus, an extension of its already community-focused mission.

WVU experts encourage healthcare providers, institutions to build trust with communities of color to improve COVID-19 vaccination rates

While West Virginia is one of the nation’s leaders in COVID-19 vaccine delivery, some folks in the state—notably people of color—may be hesitant to receive the vaccine. Experts at West Virginia University point to misinformation about how the vaccine works and a long-standing mistrust of government and medical institutions as reasons for lower vaccination rates among Black Americans.

West Virginia’s enduring, intertwined epidemics: Opioids and HIV

Long before COVID-19 entered the picture, West Virginia had been battling two other major public health crises: opioids and HIV. Dr. Sally Hodder, a leading infectious disease expert at West Virginia University, believes that despite the threat of COVID-19, the opioid and HIV epidemics should not be ignored.