Expert Coronavirus Updates with Dr. Jon Klein | Session 29

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, I have been continually inspired by so many communities that have banded together to help battle this deadly virus.

Dr. Jon Klein from Louisville, Kentucky is our next guest who exemplifies a community leader with the tenacity and dedication to servitude that we need during these unprecedented times.

Calling the University of Louisville his professional home, Dr. Klein has been instrumental in helping the recently formed Co-Immunity Project become a force of good in the fight against the pandemic.

The purpose of the Co-Immunity Project is to study COVID-19 infection and immunity among healthcare workers and in the broader Louisville community and track the movement of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Louisville’s waste and surface water.

These findings and understanding from the Co-Immunity Project will help us restart the economy, return to work and schools safely, and ease the burden of worry that uncertainty creates.

Join us in our latest Expert Coronavirus update to learn from Dr. Klein as we continue to work together to overcome the most daunting public health challenge of our lifetimes.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Klein’s academic background and mission
  • What is the Co-Immunity Project
  • Who are the Co-Immunity Project stakeholders
  • Wastewater detection data and its uses
  • The use of data to guide policy
  • What the Co-Immunity Project can teach other communities

About our Guest:

Dr. Jon Klein is the founder and director of the University of Louisville Core Proteomics Laboratory and the Clinical Proteomics Program. The Clinical Proteomics Program is focused on biomarker discovery and is recognized as one of the first programs to employ proteomic methods to study renal physiology and pathophysiology and to identify biomarkers of renal disease.

Additionally, Dr. Klein is helping lead the Co-Immunity Project, a large scientific research study led by the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, the Center for Predictive Medicine and the University of Louisville. Using their combined forces, they will study COVID-19 infection and immunity among healthcare workers and the broader Louisville Metro-Jefferson County community and track movement of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Louisville’s wastewater and surface water.

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