The Uniformed Services at USU
The Uniformed Services University (USU) and the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) signed an educational agreement in December to provide graduate-level interprofessional learning opportunities for students enrolled at each institution. MUIH is focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and is one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices.
Many individuals with COVID-19 say they experience headaches, along with a “fuzziness” or brain fog that can persist for weeks or month following recovery from the acute respiratory symptoms. This is sometimes referred to as “COVID brain.” The long-term clinical implications of infection by the virus continue to baffle scientists and, until now, the neurological manifestations have been believed to be a result of direct damage to nerve cells. However, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the virus might actually damage the brain’s small blood vessels rather than nerve cells, themselves.
It would only be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year. Marked by massive challenges in the form of COVID-19, the pandemic coalesced through departures of beloved USU figures, and incredible calls to action. But it comes as no surprise that, when duty called, our faculty, students, and alumni working across the globe immediately came together to deliver help to those in harm's way. To name a few notable moments, we've compiled a Top Ten list of Pulse articles that have encapsulated this year at USU.
Cormac the Llama Yields Antibodies that may Prove Effective Against COVID-19 Infection, USU CNRM Scientists Make Discovery
USU researchers recently identified pint-sized antibodies, or “nanobodies,” that could protect against COVID-19. At least one of these nanobodies – produced by a llama named Cormac – also appears to work well in either liquid or aerosol form, suggesting it could also help protect a person’s lungs from infections.
Adam Wallace is an ambitious man. Only five years in the Air Force and the Oak Park, Illinois, native has already been a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialist, SERE instructor, and a student in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2), where he is laying the pre-med groundwork to become a military emergency medicine doctor. And if that isn’t enough, Wallace recently added award-winning children’s book author to his resume.
Dr. Paul F. Pasquina is this year’s recipient of the AMSUS Lifetime Achievement Award. AMSUS is the Society of Federal Health Professionals and is a non-profit member-based educational and professional development association serving the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, federal health professionals and their families, industry partners and advocates for advancing health for all—especially through interagency collaboration.