The FAU Division of Research is actively addressing the many challenges that we all face in this unprecedented situation. But, as you may guess, research is expensive. So funding during this time of crisis is critical for important projects. And research grants typically take six to nine months from applying to receiving. That’s where you come in – your donation can make a huge difference in researchers’ ability to move projects forward that would directly change our future.
Here’s a look at some of the projects happening at FAU that are making an impact.
Three Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine researchers are developing COVID-19 testing in support of a larger project of the college of Medicine. Researchers include Massimo Caputi, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical science, Janet Robishaw, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research, chair in the department of biomedical science, and Joanne Krasnoff, Ph.D., director, Learning Health Center for Research and Education and research assistant professor of biomedical science.
They are developing predictive algorithms for COVID-19 infection in FAU health care workers. In this project, they will perform weekly testing of up to 200 FAU College of Medicine MD residents and faculty for a period of up to three months. They are currently in the process of enrolling participants for this project.
Three FAU researchers are working on a study called Reactions to COVID-19 Pandemic: A Society Perspective. Researchers include Michael DeDonno, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Ximena Levy, MD, MPH, director of the FAU Clinical Research Unit, Division of Research and Joy Longo, Ph.D., associate professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
The research survey will explore behavioral and emotional outcomes due to the COVID-19. This is a very important study that endeavors to provide information that can help to minimize stress and anxiety within the population. The online survey will be followed with questionnaires sent in three, six and 12 months from the initial survey. The study population will begin with firefighters and populations may include physicians, nurses, college students, senior citizens, opioid-dependent and faith-based individuals.
Taghi Khoshgoftaar, Ph.D., co-author and Motorola professor in the department of computer and electrical engineering and computer science from the College of Engineering and Computer Science employed a novel application of supervised machine learning and predictive modeling to demonstrate and validate the cross-sectional utility of MemTrax as a clinical decision support screening tool for assessing cognitive impairment.
Sarah E. Du, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science is researching microfluidics biosensors for live cell analysis.
Waseem Asghar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science is working with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital on self-regulating cerebrospinal fluid shunt devices and with the National Institutes of Health for highly sensitive HIV viral load assay for point-of-care settings.
Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., professor in the school of criminology and criminal justice from the College of Design and Social Inquiry, studies cyberbullying and safe social media use concerns that have paralleled with the exponential growth in online communication by young people due to social distancing.
Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D., a professor, chair of the department of ocean and mechanical engineering, from the College of Engineering and Computer Science conducted an experiment using flow visualization to demonstrate how far a cough travels and how long it lingers in the air. This mechanically simulated cough showed that six feet may not be enough.
Learn more about COVID-19 research related projects.