UO Experts Respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In these extraordinary times, our faculty are conducting research and offering advice, solutions, and expertise on the coronavirus—to understand its effect on us, our well-being, and society.


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Studying the link between COVID-19, existing conditions

The question of why COVID-19 disproportionately affects patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity is at the heart of a new study by researchers in the lab of UO biologist John Postlethwait.

Postlethwait’s team is developing new zebrafish animal models in an effort to better understand a mechanism involving a pair of proteins, one of which serves as a receptor for the coronavirus. The mechanism helps explain an “inflammatory storm” that can occur in coronavirus patients with preexisting conditions and ultimately make them more likely to die of the illness.

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Oregon Experts

Tim Duy

Lundquist College of Business
Federal Reserve, Currency, Markets, Unemployment

Ellen Peters

School of Journalism and Communication
Science Communication, Judgment and Decision-Making, Numeracy

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

School of Architecture & Environment
Sustainable Design, Energy Efficiency, Architecture

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UO Experts in the News This Week

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University of Oregon director of the Center for Science Communication Research and professor Ellen Peters provides expert commentary.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Michael Fakhri, law professor at the University Of Oregon, provides expert commentary.
Bloomberg Opinion
Tim Duy, economics professor of practice at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary.
Eugene Weekly
Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon psychology professor, provides expert commentary. Student Elora Hanawa was also interviewed.
Patient Engagement Hit
The RAPID-EC project is under the direction of professor of psychology Phil Fisher at the University of Oregon.
Tow Center
Author Damian Radcliffe is professor of practice in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He also published in What’s New in Publishing, Editor and Publisher, Journalism UK, and others.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates

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