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What CITI Program is Reading – 3/2/21

“What CITI Program is Reading” is our weekly blog series which highlights news articles curated by our staff and relevant to research, higher education, healthcare, technology, and more. Follow us on LinkedIn for upcoming editions and more information from CITI Program.

The Ethics of Repurposing Previously Collected Research Biospecimens in an Infectious Disease Pandemic
The question of whether it is acceptable to use previously collected identifiable research in the case of pandemic, under certain conditions, can be addressed with frameworks for public health ethics and research ethics. Review the risks and harms of repurposing these specimens, and an argument for repurposing them during a pandemic.
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Biologics Researchers and Suppliers Beware: International Exchange of Non-pathogenic Research Materials Including Common VSV-G Packaging Plasmids May Trigger Export Penalties
Read about a major university’s settlement with the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), why it matters, and which research materials are affected.
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NIH Awards UC San Diego $33 Million for Five COVID-19 Diagnostic Projects
See details about UC San Diego’s RADx-rad and RADx-UP projects including their descriptions, project leaders, and budgets.
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Improving understanding of and response to infodemics during public health emergencies
Learn about the first special infodemic feature published as part of a joint call for papers coordinated by WHO and partners, about the science behind managing infodemics.
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Moderna Announces it has Shipped Variant-Specific Vaccine Candidate, mRNA-1273.351, to NIH for Clinical Study
National Institutes of Health (NIH) will soon begin Phase 1 clinical trials of Moderna’s COVID-19, variant-specific vaccine, led and funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Review the update on the biotechnology company’s strategy for addressing SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.
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These states are on track to pass data privacy laws this year
State-level privacy legislation is evolving. What started with Illinois and California has led to 8 other states who have passed or will soon pass privacy laws as and another 5 states with bills on the docket.
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Why 2021 Will Be The Year Of Adaptive Cybersecurity
Findings from PwC’s latest research suggests that cybersecurity needs to be adaptive as technology advances. See more key insights from this study.
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NIH Flooded Massachusetts with Research Grants in 2020
Read about several biopharma companies in the Massachusetts area that received significant funds from the NIH in 2020.
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Healthcare Cyberattacks Doubled in 2020, with 28% Tied to Ransomware
The healthcare industry was the seventh-most targeted sector for cyberattacks in 2020. According to IBM’s X-Force report COVID-19 response efforts were the largest targets.
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A.I. Here, There, Everywhere
While artificial intelligence (AI) is already part of many our lives, it continues to evolve and weave itself into the fabric of technology. AI has been used in everything from COVID-19 vaccine development to self-driving cars.
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Clinical trial disruption emerges as primary business concern related to COVID-19: Survey
A survey conducted by GlobalData shows that clinical trial disruption, safety of patients recruited in the trials, and employee safety are the primary business concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Pandemic Lessons From Community Colleges
See how community colleges help prepare students for crises with practical training and the ability to improve Technology and communication skills in virtual formats.
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