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Michael Saag

Michael Saag offers a unique perspective on COVID-19. Not only is Saag clinically engaged in the treatment of COVID patients at an outpatient clinic but he also contracted SARS-CoV-2 last March at a conference in Boston—offering the perspective of both a physician and patient. 

And now, he will bring that perspective to the Case Western Reserve University SARS-CoV-2 Task Force Steering Committee’s virtual retreat on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CWRU SARS-CoV-2 Task Force was initiated in March 2020 with a strong collaborative response from CWRU investigators to control the pandemic. 

Saag, associate dean for global health and director of the Center for AIDS Research at University of Alabama at Birmingham, will deliver the keynote address at the retreat.

Following Saag’s presentation, each Task Force working group will have an hour for presentations with a Q&A session. The retreat will end with a roundtable discussion. View the full agenda.

Saag is the principal investigator on the Center for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS), which is engaged in a national study of the impact of COVID-19 on the 22,000-plus active participants in the CNICS cohort, and of which CWRU School of Medicine is a member.  He is also serving on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board of the national I-SPY2 adaptive clinical trial, a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study to evaluate multiple interventions for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the US.

The retreat is open to Case Western Reserve University investigators, faculty, fellows and research staff.  Registration is required. Register for the retreat.

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