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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 2

Jul 2, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: An update on COVID-19 vaccine research and treatment

Second hour: Author Sejal Shah on her book, "This Is One Way to Dance"

Scientists across the globe are racing to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine, and local researchers are at the forefront of that effort. Rochester is one of four sites in the nation selected to test a coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The trial began last month, and the vaccine is one of few in the world to have advanced to clinical trials. A separate vaccine study is set to launch in Rochester in August. We talk with scientists leading these studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health. They discuss the state and timeline of vaccine development, the latest research on the drug Remdesivir, and what it means for controlling the virus. Our guests:

  • Dr. Ann Falsey, M.D., infectious disease specialist with Rochester Regional Health, professor in the Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the University of Rochester¬†Medical Center, and co-director of the URMC Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit
  • Dr. Angela Branche, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the URMC Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit
  • Rebecca Timmons, vaccine trial participant

Then in our second hour, we're joined by local writer Sejal Shah. Her debut book, "This Is One Way to Dance," is a collection of essays, stories, and poems that explore being Indian in America. Her book weaves together personal stories, cultural perspectives, and an exploration of identity over a 20 year period. We talk to Shah about the themes of her work. Our guests:

  • Sejal Shah, author of "This Is One Way to Dance"
  • Bill Ferguson, acting executive director of Garth Fagan Dance