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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Covid-19: Fast-tracking treatment by exploiting the steroid hormone receptor/TMPRSS2 axis
Principal Investigator:

Kerry Burnstein

Location: Miami, FL
Congressional District Code: 24
Research Service: Biomedical Laboratory R&D
Project Period: April 2021 - March 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $140,612
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


COVID-19 poses a tremendous health threat, particularly to individuals overrepresented in the US Veteran community. COVID-19 mortality is greater in men than in women; while this disparity is at least partially due to factors such as higher rates of smoking, a hormonal link is likely and can be rapidly tested therapeutically by repurposing existing drugs. The viral etiologic agent of COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2), attaches to human airway epithelium via the viral spike (S) protein, which binds to...

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