COVID-19, Metabolism and your lungs

13th Aug 2020

COVID-19, Metabolism and your lungs

COVID-19, Metabolism and your lungs

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Thu 13th Aug 2020 @ 6:00am - 7:00am
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Why you should care, and what we are going to do.

Featuring: Prof. Yaakov Nahmias

Could a simple drug, that has been on the market for decades, be used to treat COVID-19? A research team led by Prof. Yaakov (Koby) Nahmias says that early research looks promising. The team has looked at how COVID-19 changes patients’ lungs in order to reproduce itself. Their major finding? This virus prevents the routine burning of carbohydrates. As a result, large amounts of fat accumulate inside lung cells, a condition the virus needs in order to reproduce. This new understanding may help explain why patients with high blood sugar and cholesterol levels are often at a particularly high risk to develop COVID-19.

Who Will You See There?

Professor Yaakov (Koby) Nahmias is a bioengineer and innovator, whose breakthroughs ranged from the first 3D printing of cells to the first commercial human-on-chip technology. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Technician, Israel Institute of Technology, and is the founding director of the Grass Center for Bioengineering of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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