Print and Electronic Media
CFI is continuing the fight against COVID-19. Below is a collection of written articles that showcase CFI's efforts.
So, what’s your titer?
That question, still strange sounding, may soon become important as vaccines bring about the endgame for COVID-19. Dr. Marc Jenkins talks with Joe Carlson from the Star Tribune on December 7, 2020 about a newly developed blood test made by Imanis Life Sciences in Rochester, MN. The test will give consumers a quantitative measurement of their neutralizing antibody titers that will definitively provide the amount of virus-killing antibodies in their systems . to read the full article.
The Minnesota Daily's Madeline Deninger writes about how Dr. Marc Jenkins and other members of CFI have been working to understand how the body develops antibodies once it has been infected with COVID-19.
CFI director Dr. Marc Jenkins explains how the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are close to unveiling antibody tests that can determine if people have already been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are no longer threats to get or spread the infection. To read the entire Star Tribune article from March 30, 2020 click here.
The Star Tribune's Christopher Snowbeck and CFI's Director Marc Jenkins talk about "a whole new approach to vaccines" using viral RNA instead of the way current vaccines are produced using a weakened or killed form of a virus to stimulate an immune system response that produces antibodies. To read the entire Star Tribune article click here.
Radio and TV
Local News and Seminars
Chris Hrapsky from Kare11 and Dr. Marc Jenkins give a quick overview of the types of vaccines that are available and how they work to fight viruses. They also explain the new COVID-19 vaccine and how it is different yet more effective than the old vaccines.
Following text from the City of Richfield, MN website
Some cities hand out Keys to the City like the practice is going out of style. The City of Richfield on the other hand only awards Keys to the City to individuals who have made a major impact in the community, State of Minnesota, nation, or in the case of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the world. This past June, the city council awarded Dr. Marc Jenkins with the key to the city to recognize his accomplishments in the field of immunology, recent election to the National Academy of Sciences and his work to better public education in Richfield.
On August 11, 2020 for the fifty-second episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast, we sat down with Dr. Jenkins to discuss his career accomplishments, his research team's recent creation of a COVID-19 antibody test and what it is like being elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
KARE-11 interview with Jennifer Austin on July 14, 2020.
CFI and UMN Collaborators articles
More than 100 vaccine projects in various stages across the globe take subtly different approaches to achieve the same goal: trigger the body’s immune response to COVID-19 before the virus has an opportunity to spread and cause harm. U of M experts explain three ways to create a COVID-19 vaccine and offer optimism about when we might have a viable option
The University of Minnesota has been hard at work trying to end the COVID-19 pandemic and ease the impact on those affected by it. Read about all the ways that donors, researchers, colleges and students have stepped up to support research and innovation.
SARS-CoV-2 neutralization and serology testing of COVID-19 convalescent plasma from donors with non-severe disease
Dr. Tyler Bold led the collaboration of several CFI labs to study the neutralization activity of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from convalescent plasma in donors with a history of non-severe disease.
A new vaccine development approach, now being studied at the University of Minnesota Medical School, hopes to protect against current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Drs. Geoffrey Hart and Marco Pravetoni have partnered together to prove that a universal vaccine or antibodies are possible in the fight against future variants of SARS-CoV.
Dr. Tyler Bold explains how sera from patients who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection (convalescent sera) could be used immediately to provide protective immunity.
Dr. Karger discusses the need to create and validate the UMN laboratory-developed tests for COVID-19. Marc Jenkins, PhD, and Fang Li, PhD, had laid the foundation for a new antibody (or serology) test but needed a leader and a lab to bring it up for clinical use. Dr. Karger stepped in.