NJ ACTS Translating COVID-19 from Bench to Bedside

RUTGERS – Health Care Worker COVID-19 Study

The Rutgers Corona Cohort Study

Developing a better and more complete understanding of the rates and risk factors for transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) remains an absolute priority. Because of the potential for exposure, differences exist between the rates of infection among Healthcare workers (HCW) as compared to Non-healthcare workers (NHCW). The long-term objective aims to protect the healthcare workforce caring for SARS-CoV-2-infected patients, their families, communities and the general population. To meet this aim, Drs. Reynold Panettieri, Jeffrey Carson, and Martin Blaser are leading a study, the Rutgers Corona Cohort Study, facilitated and implemented thanks to the expertise of the Biostatistics Core, the Clinical Trials Office and CRCs at RWJMS, NJMS and EOHSI, and the Biomarker Core.

“The global crisis we face in understanding and abrogating the threat of COVID-19 appears formidable however, evidence –based approaches in addressing the COVID-19 threat will serve as the foundation to address not only this pandemic but also those in the future,” says Dr. Panettieri, Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science. Read more about the Rutgers Corona Cohort Study.


In the Spotlight

New coronavirus test developed at Rutgers can screen thousands and it’s as simple as a spit in a tube

In what could represent a major advance in the fight against coronavirus, a Rutgers University research lab says it has developed a new test using existing automated technology able to analyze tens of thousands of patient samples each day to detect COVID-19.  At the same time, RUCDR Infinite Biologics — a unit of Rutgers’ Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey — submitted an emergency use authorization request for a saliva collection method that would allow for far broader screening than what is now even possible.  Read the full article.


Martin J. Blaser


Jeffery L. Carson


Reynold A. Panettieri

PRINCETON- Designs Simplified Ventilators

photo of ventilatorPrinceton researchers and staffers are supplying regional hospitals with critical personal protective equipment and working to develop emergency ventilators for ICUs.

Professors Daniel Cohen, in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Daniel Notterman, in molecular biology, are working with university machine shops, research teams and other groups to provide plastic face shields and protective screens for medical workers, act as matchmakers between engineers and clinicians, and to develop and deploy a ventilator that can be rapidly assembled from readily available components for emergency use.

Princeton physics department is working on ventilation projects including an international effort along similar lines by Professor Cristiano Galbiati and a flow-sensing device in conjunction with scientists and clinicians at Penn Medicine.

The simplicity of the Mechanical Ventilator Milano designed by Galbiati and his collaborators is revealed when the display screen and cover are removed, as seen here (left).

Photo by Stefano Ghionna, Studio Volpi

NJIT – Creates Pathogen Resistant PPE

NJIT Designers Help Battle COVID-19

NJIT DesignersAs emergency response teams in the region scramble to acquire dwindling medical supplies to combat the surge in COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections, diverse members of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) community – from engineers to physicists to advanced manufacturing specialists to students – are designing and fabricating devices to help address the shortfall.

After consulting with emergency room physicians on specifications, a team in the Makerspace at NJIT designed and manufactured a prototype of a face shield that can be used by various emergency workers. The front of the mask is a long piece of clear polycarbonate plastic, while the frame is made from HDPE plastic – the material used in plastic milk bottles – which pathogens have difficulty clinging to. The shield covers most of the face and is held in place by a simple strap. It can withstand even industrial grade cleansers.