Trio of medications showing early promise against coronavirus, UF Health researchers find

Published: Sep 8, 2020 By: Doug Bennett
Category: College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, Department of Medicine

The race to find effective treatments for COVID-19 isn’t just about developing new drugs. University of Florida Health scientists are studying a trio of existing medications known to have broad antiviral activity.

wo of drugs have shown promising results in suppressing the Sars-CoV-2 virus in initial tests on human colon and lung cells that were infected with the coronavirus. The third has shown some antiviral activity but was generally less effective than the other two compounds, the researchers found.

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5/5/20 Covid-19 Update

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

No vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available however vaccine trials are in progressexternal icon; The National Institutes of Health recently published guidelines on prophylaxis use, testing, and management of COVID-19 patients. For more information, please visit: National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelinesexternal icon.

The CDC clinical criteria for considering testing for COVID-19 have been developed based on what is known about COVID-19 and are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

PRIORITIES FOR COVID-19 TESTING

(Nucleic Acid or Antigen)

High Priority

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
  • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including correctional and detention facilities and shelters, with symptoms

Persons identified by public health officials or clinicians as high priority

  • Persons with symptoms of a possible  infection with COVID-19, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.
  • Persons without symptoms who come from racial and ethnic minority groups disproportionately affected by adverse COVID-19 outcomes-currently African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, some American Indian tribes (e.g., Navajo Nation).
  • Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, including but not limited to:  public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, presence of underlying medical condition or disability, residency in a congregate housing setting such as a homeless shelter or long term care facility, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans.

Florida Department of Health Update:  5/5/2020

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Who should be tested

To learn if you have a current infection, viral tests are used. But not everyone needs this test.

  • Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.
  • CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and localexternal icon health departments or healthcare providers.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.
  • You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
  • Although supplies of tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

Results

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.

 If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.

ACMS 2020 Research Poster Symposium

The ACMS 2020 Research Poster Symposium has been postponed until Fall 2020 

After considerable deliberations, the ACMS Board has decided to postpone the final Judging portion of the 2020 ACMS Research Poster Symposium until Fall 2020.

We are encouraging Fellows, Residents and Medical Students to continue submitting competition posters through the new deadline of September 15th. All posters submitted thus far will remain as accepted into the competition, and be considered for judging at that time. The final date of judging is yet to be determined.  Poster scores that have been received from preliminary judging rounds will carryover with the project’s overall score.

Thanks to everyone for participating in this event and we look forward to the time when this pandemic is behind us.  If you have any questions, please contact us at acmsassist@acms.net for further clarification.


Location:
North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower

Sponsored by:

Graduate Medical Education - North Florida Regional Medical Center

The Alachua County Medical Society invites all Alachua County Residents, Students and Fellows to submit an online application and abstract to present a scientific poster at the 3rd Annual ACMS Poster Symposium. The symposium is divided into two categories (Basic Research and Clinical Case Reports) and provides young physicians with an opportunity to network and share their significant research and clinical work with colleagues, professors and peers.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

General Poster Symposium Categories: Basic Research and Clinical Case Report

Platform Presentation: The authors of the 50 Abstracts with the highest score in advanced judging will be invited to present their posters at the 2020 ACMS Poster Symposium event on Wednesday evening, April 29th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. At the competition, onsite judges will review and score the posters, and select the three highest scoring posters as the winners of the event.

Rules for Submission of Posters:

  • Presenting author(s) must be a resident, fellow or medical student in Alachua County
  • Abstracts must be emailed to acmsassist@acms.net or submitted online at acms.net (under Events) no later than March 15, 2020 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Presenting author(s) MUST be able to attend the symposium on Wednesday evening, April 29, 2020
  • Applicants are limited to ONE abstract submission per author
  • Each author may present ONE poster only at the April 29 presentation
  • Download templates for your poster at ePosterBoards.com. The presentation should be presented on a single poster. The project must be printed on paper and mounted on poster board prior to presentation.
  • The poster upload deadline is March 15, 2020.
  • Save your file using the naming convention lastname.firstname.
  • We will only accept landscape presentations. Set page dimensions at 40.97” x 23.04”, which is a 16:9 ratio.
  • Your presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes, including time for Q&A with the judges.
  • Judging for the general poster competition will take place between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
  • Length should be 1 page of content.
  • Limit your e-poster file size to 100 MBs or fewer.

Content and Ethical Considerations: Posters are intended to convey a scientific result and may not contain advertisements for commercial interests, products or services. Volunteer physician members of the ACMS will make final decisions about eligibility. The ACMS reserves the right to deny any application that, in the opinion of the reviewers, is deemed promotional, commercial or unethical.

The three highest scoring projects will each receive a $500 scholarship from the ACMS and be automatically accepted into the Florida Medical Association 2020 David Paulus Poster Symposium in Orlando Florida, August 1, 2020. To qualify for prizes: author must upload abstract by March 15th for advance judging AND be available to present the poster on Wednesday, April 29th during the General Poster Competition at NFRMC from 6:00 – 8:00pm. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening on April 29th. All Poster Presenters are invited to attend the General Poster Competition event on April 29th. A formal presentation of the awards will be presented to the top three posters at the May 12th ACMS Annual Awards Meeting Dinner. The three winners must also submit their posters in E-format for the FMA research poster competition on August 1, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

Advanced judging: Eligible presentations will be reviewed by a team of Judges based on the following CRITERIA:

  • Project/case report design and methods: Project/clinical vignette is clearly designed; scientific/clinical procedures are appropriate and well organized; Author uses a logical scientific method and appropriate methodology/relevant history, physicals, and complementary studies are included; Presenter exhibits a good understanding of the methods used/case report.
  • Data: Effort has been made to identify all significant variables affecting the experimental results/case report, and those variables not manipulated as part the experimental design have been controlled or there is an organized and logical algorithm of case presentation; Clinical topic is interesting and relevant to scientific knowledge; Data is presented in a clear and understandable manner with an effort to eliminate bias.
  • Discussion/Conclusion: The effect of experimental error was estimated and considered when drawing the discussion/conclusion or the discussion/conclusion are relevant and pertinent to the case; Potential pitfalls and limitations of the project/case have been addressed; The discussion and conclusion use relevant sources to compare and contrast the information that exists in literature; the conclusion is consistent with the date and/or observations/case.
  • Organization/Visual Presentation: Visuals are easy to read and logically organized; Grammar and syntax are correct.

On-site Judging: In addition to the above criteria, poster presenters will be available for questions on the night of the symposium and will be evaluated based on the author’s ability to achieve the following:

  • Explain the project/case report concisely
  • Clarify the relevance of the project/case
  • Answer questions thoroughly

Competition Poster Specifications: Physical Poster size for NFRMC presentation: 41 inches x 23 inches or a maximum of 36×48”. All posters must be mounted on foam core at the NFRMC presentation.

If the poster is to advance to the FMA State competition, the size must be 40.97” x 23.04” to be submitted electronically. See guidelines below.

E-Poster formatting Guidelines: (for winners that are selected to present at the FMA meeting)

  • Slide/e-poster size: 40.97 inches by 23.04 inches. Presentation slides should be set to this size, which is a 16:9 ratio at 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Save presentation as .pptx to ensure all of your embedded images and videos are included
  • Check all of your hyperlinks to make sure they direct to your desired slide
  • Save all mathematical formulas to images (.jpg, .png) when embedding or uploading your Excel file along with your presentation
  • Embedded videos can only be displayed in the following formats: .mov, .mp4, .m4v and mpeg. Upload the video file with your presentation.

Suggested Format for Abstracts:

  • Your poster should be a “visual overview” of your project or case.
  • It should be able to stand alone without any explanation or accompanying presentation.
  • Hone the available information, data, and graphics carefully so that everything included supports and contributes to the ability of your poster to convey an easy-to-grasp message.
  • Be sure added technology supports a quick visual overview of your project or case.
  • Judges want to see that you are able to artfully depict the scientific value of your project or case at a glance, rather than create a technological masterpiece that relies on embedded animations, videos, and pages of information.

Basic Research

  • Purpose: Why was this study/research performed?
  • Methods: How has this problem been studied?
  • Results: Principal data and statistical analysis?
  • Discussion: What is the interpretation of the data?
  • Conclusion: What is the relevance to practice or future research?
  • References: Provide up to three references if applicable.

Clinical Case Report

  • Introduction: Explain the background of the case, including the disorder, usual presentation and progression, and an explanation of the presentation if it is a new disease. Case presentation: Includes all relevant details concerning the case.
  • Conclusion: State clearly what can be concluded from the case report, and give a clear explanation of the importance and relevance of the case.

Visit the E-posterboards.com website for guidelines and technical support:
(http://www.eposterboards.com/formatting/)

ACMS Research Poster Symposium is sponsored by:

Graduate Medical Education - North Florida Regional Medical Center

Submit Your 2020 Research Poster

October 2019 Dinner Meeting & Vendor Show

Prescribing Controlled Substances

Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP,SFHM

Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP,SFHM
Regional Chief Medical Officer at Regional Chief Medical Officer at Broward Health

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
(2 hr CME Credit to meet FL BoM Requirements)

Location:
Hilton UF Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street,Gainesville, FL 32607

6:00-7:00 pm Social Hour; 7:00-9:00 pm CME Program and Dinner
Free: Members and Alliance
$175 Non-Member Physician

Thank you to our Sponsors!

ACMS 2019 Research Poster Symposium

ACMS 2019 Research Poster Symposium group photo

Winners of the 2019 Research Poster Symposium

First Place: 

Rachel O. Fritz and Stephanie E. Adamczak, MD, PhD for Utility of Early CTA Follow-up After Cerebral Artery Aneurysm Clipping: Analysis of Ruptured and Unruptured Aneurysms

Second Place: 

Parker Long, DO and Rachael Postlethwait, MD for Development of a graduate medical education program in obstetrics and gynecology in a community based hospital: Building blocks and rate of progress

Third Place: 

Zaza Atanelov, MD for Abstract Title: Are We Repeating Diagnostic Studies in Emergency Department to Emergency Department Transfers and Why?


Featuring presentations by:

Residents and Medical Students of Alachua County

University of Florida & University of Central Florida (NFRMC GME)

Research Categories include:

Basic Research and Clinical Case Reports

Scientific Committee:

Christopher Bray, MD, PhD
Matthew Calestino, MD, FACP
John Colon, MD
Carl Dragstedt, DO
Karen Harris, MD
Jennifer Jones, MD
Matheen Khuddus, MD
Norman Levy, MD, PhD

Charles Riggs, MD
Eric Rosenberg, MD
Matthew Ryan, MD, PhD
Consuelo Soldevila-Pico, MD
Hale Toklu, PhD
Joseph E. Thornton, MD
Ann Weber, MD
David Winchester, MD

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
At:

North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower

6:00 – 8:00pm
Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages Provided

Sponsored by:

View Poster Rules & Submit Application

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2019 Call For Scientific Posters!

2019 ACMS Research Poster Symposium

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
at:  North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower

Deadline for Submissions:  March 15, 2019 

The Alachua County Medical Society (ACMS) is issuing a Call for Scientific Abstracts for the 2019 ACMS Research Poster Symposium.

General Poster Symposium Categories:  Basic Research and Clinical Case Report

Platform Presentation:  The authors of the 50 Abstracts with the highest score in advanced judging will be invited to present their posters at the 2019 ACMS Research Poster Symposium event on Wednesday evening, May 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  At the competition, onsite judges will review and score the posters, and select the three highest scoring posters as the winners of the event. 

Rules for Submission of Posters:

  • Presenting author(s) must be a resident, fellow or medical student in Alachua County
  • Abstracts must be emailed to acmsassist@acms.net or submitted online at acms.net no later than March 15, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Presenting author(s) MUST be able to attend the symposium on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2019
  • Applicants are limited to ONE abstract submission
  • Each author may present ONE poster only

The three highest scoring projects will each receive a $500 scholarship from the ACMS and be automatically accepted into the Florida Medical Association 2019 David Paulus Poster Symposium in Orlando Florida, August 10, 2019.  To qualify for prizes:  author must upload abstract by March 15th for advance judging AND be available to present the poster on Wednesday, May 1st during the General Poster Competition at NFRMC from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  The winners will be announced at the end of the evening on May 1st.  All Poster Presenters are invited to attend the General Poster Competition event on May 1st.  A formal presentation of the awards will be presented to the top three posters at the May 14th ACMS Annual Awards Meeting Dinner.  The three winners must also submit their posters in E-format for the FMA research poster competition on August 10, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Advanced judging:  Once all abstracts are uploaded by March 15th, a team of judges will review all abstracts based on the following CRITERIA:

  • Project/case report design and methods:  Project/clinical vignette is clearly designed; scientific/clinical procedures are appropriate and well organized;  Author uses a logical scientific method and appropriate methodology/relevant history, physicals, and complementary studies are included;  Presenter exhibits a good understanding of the methods used/case report.
  • Data:  Effort has been made to identify all significant variables affecting the experimental results/case report, and those variables not manipulated as part the experimental design have been controlled or there is an organized and logical algorithm of case presentation; Clinical topic is interesting and relevant to scientific knowledge; Data is presented in a clear and understandable manner with an effort to eliminate bias.
  • Discussion/Conclusion:  The effect of experimental error was estimated and considered when drawing the discussion/conclusion or the discussion/conclusion are relevant and pertinent to the case; Potential pitfalls and limitations of the project/case have been addressed; The discussion and conclusion use relevant sources to compare and contrast the information that exists in literature; the conclusion is consistent with the date and/or observations/case.
  • Organization/Visual Presentation:  Visuals are easy to read and logically organized; Grammar and syntax are correct.

On-site Judging:  In addition to the above criteria, poster presenters will be available for questions on the night of the symposium and will be evaluated based on the author’s ability to achieve the following:

  • Explain the project/case report concisely
  • Clarify the relevance of the project/case
  • Answer questions thoroughly

Competition Poster Specifications:
Physical Poster size for NFRMC presentation:  40.97 inches x 23.04 inches or a maximum of 36×48”.  If the poster is to advance to the FMA State competition, the size must be 40.97” x 23.04” to be submitted electronically.  See guidelines below.

E-Poster formatting Guidelines:  (for winners that are selected to present at the FMA meeting)

  • Slide/e-poster size: 40.97 inches by 23.04 inches. Presentation slides should be set to this size, which is a 16:9 ratio at 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Save presentation as .pptx to ensure all of your embedded images and videos are included
  • Check all of your hyperlinks to make sure they direct to your desired slide
  • Save all mathematical formulas to images (.jpg, .png) when embedding or uploading your Excel file along with your presentation
  • Embedded videos can only be displayed in the following formats: .mov, .mp4, .m4v and mpeg. Upload the video file with your presentation.

The FMA website has templates for the E-poster, guidelines and technical support: (http://www.eposterboards.com/guidelines/)

Content and Ethical Considerations:  Posters are intended to convey a scientific result and may not contain advertisements for commercial interests, products or services.  Volunteer physician members of the ACMS will make final decisions about eligibility.  The ACMS reserves the right to deny any application that, in the opinion of the reviewers, is deemed promotional, commercial or unethical.

Submit Your 2019 Poster Online Now

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