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Connections: Discussing coronavirus vaccine trials

Aug 19, 2020

Would you consider volunteering for medical research? According to the New York Times Vaccine Tracker, researchers around the world are developing more than 165 coronavirus vaccines. 31 are in human trials, and one of them is being tested in Rochester. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health are leading a trial of a vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer, which is in the final stage of the federal approval process.

This hour, we talk with two vaccine trial participants and the researcher leading the local study. We also discuss racial disparities in medical research – why minority populations are less likely to participate and what that means for study outcomes. Our guests:

  • John Gunn, Ph.D., coronavirus vaccine trial participant, and professor and principal investigator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University
  • Cory Tylenda, coronavirus vaccine trial participant in Rochester
  • Dr. Ed Walsh, M.D., professor of infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and head of infectious diseases at Rochester General Hospital
  • Phyllis Jackson, RN, community wellness project manager for Common Ground Health