TrialSite News recently introduced the formation of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, which was formed by a group of physicians and scientists from 34 institutions and 17 states. Now NBA players who have recovered from COVID-19 are stepping up to become role models to participate with this new national initiative to treat patients who are still ill with this experimental therapy. Staring Marcus Smart, the super star on the court who’s now in the world of experimental research.
Dr. Michael Joyner with Mayo Clinic convened the first meeting in March to propel this group into action. Their website, a joint production of Amazon Web Services and Michigan State Information Technology, went live on March 24.th
NBA Starts Step Up
Clinical research and careful experimentation drives rapid accumulation of knowledge and adaptive approaches to respond to and ultimately overcome COVID-19. Now patients are starting to get engaged. Dr. Michael Joyner reports via ABC News that a number of NBA players who have recovered from COVID-19 are stepping up to become role models, give back and participate in experimental efforts to improve outcomes. Although the players haven’t been named yet, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart confirmed to the news outlet through his agent that he is donating blood plasma after he was declared COVID-19 free by the MA department of Health this week.
Methodist Hospital Houston
Reports that just after the FDA approved of the “convalescent plasma treatment,” doctors at Houston’s Methodist Hospital, according to the hospital’s website, became the first to test the therapy on a small group of COVID-19 patients. As patients recover and build immunity to the virus, the goal is that the plasma, full of healthy antibodies, are then injected into a sick patient so the antibodies can hopefully attack COVID-19 and defeat it in that specific patient.
National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project
See the link to the national effort’s website.