Tweaking the chemical makeup of hydroxychloroquine beyond COVID-19

While the utility of hydroxychloroquine in the fight against COVID-19 is still unclear, it still helps millions of people around the world manage autoimmune diseases. Mark McLaughlin, a researcher with the WVU School of Pharmacy, and his colleagues are trying out new versions of the drug’s molecular structure to see if they can improve its benefit to patients.

WVU students testing positive for COVID-19 confirmed

Monongalia County Health Department and West Virginia University were notified that 13 new cases were reported today (July 2) with at least 10 WVU students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

West Virginia University remembers Betty Puskar

Betty J. Puskar wanted to be remembered as someone who facilitated breast cancer care and for making breast cancer something that people talked about. She also wanted to be known as someone who helped people. A long-time supporter of West Virginia University and WVU Medicine, Puskar died at the age of 80 on Sunday, June 14 at her home in Morgantown.

To help West Virginia reopen safely, WVU researchers develop new COVID-19 tests

Researchers from the WVU School of Medicine have developed two new COVID-19 tests. One is a diagnostic test that detects the RNA of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—in nose-swab samples. The other is an antibody test that identifies a specific antibody to SARS-CoV-2 that plays a key role in blocking the virus from infiltrating healthy cells.

Dr. Clay Marsh to resume WVU Health Sciences leadership role

At the end of March, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice named Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Czar. While Marsh will continue his work with the state, in June he will begin to transition back into his position as West Virginia University's vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences. Moving forward, Marsh will continue to provide his invaluable insight and guidance as West Virginia slowly reopens and as the University plans for the return of students in the fall.

WVU launches new COVID-19 focused podcast series

In this interview-driven series, “WVU and the Coronavirus” will examine what’s already known about COVID-19, share the latest information about the virus, explore how RNA viruses like coronaviruses work, and learn how the University community has responded to the global pandemic.