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COVID-19 is a Threat to our Biomedical Research Enterprise

Thursday, May 14, 2020
By Susan Gallagher
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

In this opinion piece published in The Hill, Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor, urges the federal government to act immediately to protect our younger scientists from the psychological impact of COVID-19.

He writes, "As a psychiatrist and National Institutes of Health funded brain scientist, my fear is that whether it’s through the disruption of their research endeavors, the social isolation stemming from the stay-at-home orders issued across the country, or the fragmenting of the apprenticeship compact between senior scientists and junior scientists that has served as the foundation of our training model for decades, COVID-19 will likely exacerbate mental health challenges in this high-risk group."

Read the full op-ed.