This summer, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a comprehensive program, called SHIELD, to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.  One key to the program is a new, highly-specific test for SARS-CoV-2. Now, with a game-changing new testing procedure available, the University of Illinois System has created a team called SHIELD Illinois to deploy the program across the state. Join University of Illinois leaders to learn how SHIELD works, how it makes testing more effective, and ultimately how the program will be rolled out beyond the University’s campus.

Dr. Karla Satchell has been a frequent name in the news as she leads a team of researchers to examine the atomic structure of Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19), an integral step in devising a means for fighting COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread. Satchell leads the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases, a consortium of nine labs at eight schools collaborating on the effort to better understand and devise a means for fighting the continued spread of COVID-19. The team is mapping out the proteins of the virus with the aim of finding a weak spot where medication can intervene and stop the virus from replicating in humans.

Join C2ST for a discussion with Dr. Karla Satchell on the integral work she and her fellow researchers are conducting to fight and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought the world to a standstill over the last months, weeks, and days. As fear and panic increase among members of the public, it is more important than ever that accurate information about this novel virus reaches the concerned public. To assist in this important endeavor to ensure accurate information from valid, qualified authorities on COVID-19 reaches the public, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology will host a series of free online lectures with Q&A segments. Hear from and ask questions of Chicago’s esteemed researchers who are on the frontlines of COVID-19 research on topics ranging from vaccines to viral biology to social implications. As always, we are here to provide scientifically accurate information and make it accessible to all.  Continue reading “Perceptions and Public Understanding of COVID-19 (Percepciones y Comprensión Pública de COVID-19)”

Have you ever felt so down that you couldn’t focus at work? Worried about something so much that you couldn’t sleep? Struggled to quit smoking, exercise more, or eat more healthy foods? Most people have or will have at least one of these experiences at some point in their lives, and it will get in the way of their work, relationships, health, or general life satisfaction. When that’s the case, talking to a mental health professional can help. Continue reading “How Psychotherapy Can Help Everyone (Como la Psicoterapia Puede Ayudar a Todos)”