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Florida Cancer Patients Await COVID-19 Vaccine

“Some protection is better than no protection,” said Dr. Merry J. Markham, acting chief of the Division of Hematology & Oncology at UF Health, to the Florida Political Review.

The HERO Initiative

A new research program to understand the effect of COVID-19 on health care workers is underway at University of Florida Health and other sites across the country, including clinical trial to evaluate whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 infections. The Healthcare Worker Exposure and Outcomes, or HERO, initiative has two parts…

UF researchers lead the way in rapidly designing, building low-cost, open-source ventilator

As a University of Florida mechanical engineering student decades ago, Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., helped respiratory therapist colleagues build a minimal-transport ventilator that became a commercial success. So, when the coronavirus pandemic hit and he heard the desperate international plea for thousands more ventilators, the longtime UF professor of anesthesiology set out to build a prototype using plentiful, cheap components that could be copied from an online diagram and a software repository.

Spotlight on Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham is associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida (UF). She is associate director for Medical Affairs for the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, and she is a medical oncologist specializing in gynecologic cancers. She is chair of the ASCO Cancer Communications Committee and is the social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.