WashU researchers

School of Medicine develops faster, simpler test for COVID-19

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of […]

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International research network team probes inflammation after heart attack

An international team of researchers, including scientists at the School of Medicine, has formed a network to study the role of inflammation in heart disease, with a goal of finding new therapies to improve recovery after heart attacks. The team will study the biological processes that drive injurious inflammation after heart attacks, with a goal […]

Worldwide clinical trial aimed at finding treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

An international Alzheimer’s clinical trial will test tau drugs. The antibody is first of three tau drugs to be evaluated. The trial, known as the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) and led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, launched in 2012 as the first prevention trial for Alzheimer’s disease. Originally […]

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Immune modulator drugs for COVID-19 focus of major NIH clinical trial

A new, international phase 3 clinical trial led by the Washington University School of Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will investigate the potential of three drugs to tame a dangerous inflammatory response seen in some COVID-19 patients. “In severe COVID-19 infection, we think the virus triggers an abnormal immune response, […]

Global trial to test whether MMR vaccine protects against COVID-19

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is the clinical coordinating center for an international trial aimed at evaluating on a large scale whether the MMR vaccine can protect against COVID-19. The study will recruit front-line health-care workers, including those from lower- and middle-income countries. The countries involved include Canada, Ghana, Ireland, South Africa, […]

New international collaboration Identifying emerging diseases

Washington University School of Medicine is one of 10 sites and a coordinating center forming the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The centers are a coordinated network with collaborators in different regions across the globe […]

Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children

 A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that specific bacteria living in the upper small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth and other damaging side effects of malnutrition. The knowledge could lead to better therapies for such children. The gut microbiome has a […]

Fred Ssewamala

Fred M. Ssewamala

William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor, Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine; Director and Founder, International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD) and Director, SMART Africa Center, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Ambassador to: Makerere University

Coronavirus Panel Discussion by China Forum

The China Forum will host the first-panel event of the year – Coronavirus Outbreak, A Global Health Emergency. Invited experts and professors from WashU’s school of medicine, the Brown School and Arts & Sciences will share their knowledge on the public health, social policy and political implications of the outbreak.  Monday, February 17 | 6 […]

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