SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Tests Predict Infectivity Based on Viral Culture: Comparison of Antigen, PCR Viral Load, and Viral Culture Testing on a Large Sample Cohort
Just posted to MedRXiv. Our collaborative study (Harvard School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) supports the use of SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests for identifying individuals who are infectious at the time of testing.
We are grateful to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center which provided funding for the investigation through an Accelerating Coronavirus Testing Solutions Grant
There are Research Associate Positions Available in the Arnaout, Riedel and Brennan-Krohn Research Laboratories. Please Inquire!!! Dedicated Mentorship, Addressing Topics of Compelling Medical Need
Dr. Brennan-Krohn brings a wealth of experience and exciting new research programs to the Clinical Microbiology Team. Dr. Brennan-Krohn is trained both as a pediatric infectious disease physician and as an ABMM board certified clinical microbiologist. Her NIH-funded research program investigates and discovers novel combination therapies for Gram-negative infections including CRE and Burkhoderia. We are delighted to now have a four member academic clinical microbiology team with a highly active bench-to-bedside basic and translational research program that spans novel antimicrobial development, antimicrobial resistance, diagnostic method evaluation and implementation, immunological response to infectious disease, and that investigates every class of microbial pathogen from bacteria to viruses to fungi to protozoa.
Silverman Symposium: Keynote Speakers, Cilnical Microbiology Faculty Arnaout and Kirby, Discuss Diagnostic Innovations in Our COVID response
Keynote Address Silverstein Symposium. Link to Talk by Kirby and Arnaout: Innovating out of Crisis: Rising to the Laboratory-Diagnostic Challenges of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic at BIDMC. Start at 1 hour 15 minutes 30 seconds.
Highlights Include: Discussion of Limits of Detection, Distribution of Viral Loads in Patients from March through June 2020, Reproducibility of Patient Sampling, 3-D Printed Swab Initiative Serving Acute Needs and Leading to the National Swab of Belgium, Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration!!!!