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Lisa Scarborough, Director of Faculty Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research, is currently maintaining a list of COVID-19 research opportunities in the PIVOT database.  Access it here:

Note: You will need to login with your UT EID and password to see Lisa's curated list.  If your initial login attempt results in a blank result set, click on the above link a second time.


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"Led by Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers, the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium unites scientists, social scientists, and engineers in developing innovative models that advance the surveillance, forecasting and mitigation of this unprecedented and elusive threat. The consortium is actively supporting community workers and health professionals on the front line of the fight against COVID-19 and providing decision-support analyses for local, state and national leaders striving to protect the health and well-being of our society."

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Retractions happen when there is a question as to the validity of a paper.  This can be the result of author misconduct such as plagiarism, copyright infringement, or fabrication; a major scientific error in the study such as a miscalculation or experimental error; or a lack of transparency.

Peer-review processes are very important in helping to catch articles suffering from misconduct or errors. If the article is deemed still publishable, peer-reviewers will require revisions to the article to fix the errors. But some articles may slip through, and later, after being discovered to contain error or misconduct, the article will be retracted. 

Two recent papers with Covid-19 data have been retracted because of the lack of transparency from the data source. The two papers are:

Hydroxycholoroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: A multinational registry analysis. Lancet. May 22, 2020. Retraction letter

Cardiovascular disease, drug therapy, and mortality in Covid-19NEJM, May 1, 2020. Retraction Letter

News Articles:

Offord C. Lancet, NEJM retract Surgisphere studies on COVID-19 patients. The Scientist. June 4, 2020 - News story regarding these two retractions.

Humer C, Taylor M. Retracted COVID-19 studies expose holes in vetting of data firmsReuters Health News. June 9, 2020 - News article about the importance of checking data sources.

Vuong. Q-H. Reform retractions to make them more transparent. Nature. June 8, 2020; 582:149.

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