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Top 10 Research Stories of 2021

USF Health researchers forged ahead with new discoveries and innovations over the last year.

As members of the region’s only academic medical center, our scientists and physicians continued their tireless efforts to contribute to knowledge about the COVID-19 virus and participated in key clinical trials testing vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutics.  They also accelerated their work to build upon National Institutes of Health-supported translational research programs in diabetes, cardiovascular sciences, neurosciences, infectious diseases, and maternal and fetal medicine.

Check out our countdown to the Top 10 Most Read Research Stories of 2021. The ranking is based on the number of page views for USF Health research news stories amplified via Facebook and Twitter.

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Bacteria Peptostreptococcus, anaerobic Gram-positive cocci, they are part of human microbiome in intestine and also cause inflammations of different location, 3D illustration

10. New USF Microbiomes Institute created to advance human and environmental health


Doctor hold a vial of monoclonal antibodies , a new treatment for coronavirus Covid-19, on a white table

9. Timely treatment with monoclonal antibodies can reduce hospitalizations, pandemic’s stress on health care systems


Maxim Mokin, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at USF Health, was photographed at Tampa General Hospital in March 2021. Near Dr. Mokin are images of chronic subdural hematomas, common type of brain bleed. USF Health and Tampa General Hospital are enrolling patients in a new national study called EMBOLISE. The clinical study tests whether a minimally invasive procedure can safely and effectively treat subacute and chronic subdural hematomas.

8. Tampa General Hospital, USF Health among first in nation to enroll patients in study of minimally invasive treatment for subdural brain bleeds


Kami Kim, MD, a USF Health professor of Internal Medicine and professor of Global Health, is a practicing infectious diseases physician and a critical researcher in USF Health’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

7. USF Health joins national study testing how well COVID-19 vaccine prevents spread of SARS-CoV-2 in young adults


6. Antiparasitic drug shows promise as an early treatment for mild-to-moderate COVID-19


Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, is photographed at USF Health Informatics Institute.

5. USF awarded four-year, $69.9 million NIH grant to continue type 1 diabetes research


4. NIH study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines begins at USF Health


green basil plants with flowers growing in vegetable garden

3. Natural compound in basil may protect against Alzheimer’s disease pathology


2. USF awarded five-year, $44.4 million NIH grant to test whether computerized brain training can reduce dementia risk in older adults


And the No. 1 most read research story of 2021 was …

1. Michael Teng Q&A: Science behind the mRNA coronavirus vaccines


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