CDC Grant Given to Public Health Researchers
May 4, 2020 9:00 AM
Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH and Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH have been selected as one of only two research sites nationwide to lead a study of household transmission of SARS-CoV2 within their existing Utah Children’s Project cohort. Over the course of the next year they expect to enroll approximately 100 families, both adults and children, into the study. Participants will repeatedly self-collect nasal swabs that will be shipped to a lab to be analyzed for evidence of COVID-19 infection. The other site is at Columbia University in New York. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding this study through a contract mechanism with Abt Associates.
Two other groups at the University of Utah are engaged in similar projects under this mechanism with CDC-Abt, including a study of first responders being led by Sarang Yoon, DO, MOH in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health (DFPM) and a study of pregnant women and infants being led by Michael Varner, MD in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.