Exposure to common cold-causing coronaviruses may contribute to pre-existing immunity to COVID-19, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Virology Plus. Rutgers Global Health Institute assistant professor Bobby Brooke Herrera is a lead author.
The founding executive director of Rutgers’ Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice believes that health is “perhaps the most pointed area in which the discrimination against people who look different” has tangible impact. She cofounded the Black Bodies, Black Health project and is a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute.
As part of an NIH initiative, Rutgers researchers will provide serologic antibody testing to help determine the incidence and effects of long COVID on children. The testing will be performed in the laboratory of Maria Laura Gennaro, a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute.
Rutgers Global Health Institute principal faculty member Bobby Brooke Herrera spoke with Verywell Health about the use of rapid antigen tests to detect Omicron variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
Herrera is a research scientist who studies epidemic viruses and infectious diseases, with a focus on developing diagnostic and therapeutic tools to improve disease outbreak preparedness and response. He is an assistant professor of global health at Rutgers Global Health Institute with joint appointments at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Rutgers Global Health Institute has been organizing community-based health fairs in Newark, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and Trenton in collaboration with local partners.
The serological testing will be performed in the laboratory of Maria Laura Gennaro, a professor at New Jersey Medical School’s Public Health Research Institute and a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute.
On Rutgers Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising event, Rutgers Global Health Institute raised $25,446 for the Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health.
A grant from the New Jersey Department of Health is supporting the expansion of Rutgers Global Health Institute’s Equitable Recovery program. Efforts are underway to help underserved communities in Essex, Mercer, and Middlesex counties offer residents accessible COVID-19 vaccination and testing.
Botswana Cancer Initiative Leader Discusses Parallels with AIDS and Progress on Oncology Workforce Training
Refeletswe Lebelonyane is a physician, public health professional, and program manager for the Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health. In this Q&A, she provides updates on cancer care and prevention efforts in Botswana and reflects on her past experiences confronting HIV/AIDS in the African country.