The COVID-19 Research Symposium was held on Oct. 28, and highlighted SARS-CoV-2 research and clinical trials. Speakers discussed topics related to research since the onset of COVID-19, including global vaccine development, basic science surrounding COVID-19, the NIH, therapeutics, and population health. The symposium was open to all trainees, faculty, and staff at UAB, and special guests by invitation. 

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Anthony Fauci, MD
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Kathleen Neuzil, MD
Director, Center for Vaccine Development
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Topic: Update on COVID Vaccines 
Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: COVID Clinical Trials at UAB, Responses to a Global Pandemic
Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Topic: COVID-19 Testing Model among Underserved Populations in Alabama: From Community Engagement to Follow-up
Paul Goepfert, MD
Director, Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: SARS-CoV2-Specific Peripheral T Follicular Helper Cells Increase During Convalescence 
Kevin Harrod, PhD
Benjamin Monroe Carraway Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Topic: Screening Approaches for Repurposed Singe and Combinatorial Antiviral Interventions Against SARS-CoV-2
Sixto Leal, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Microbiology, Fungal Reference Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Topic: Optimization of SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing Throughput and Prognostic Significance 
Frances E. Lund, PhD
Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology
Topic: Visualizing Adaptive Immune Responses to SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Vaccination 
Steven Rowe, MD, MSPH
Director, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Topic: SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Ferret Model of Chronic Bronchitis 
Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine
Dean, School of Medicine


Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD
Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology
Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Kent Keyser, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Office of Research

Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA
C. Glenn Cobbs, M.D., Endowed Professor in Infectious Diseases
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Matthew Might, PhD 
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute