New Uses for Existing Drugs: Applications for COVID-19 and Valley Fever 

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Date(s) - 16 Sep 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM



New Uses for Existing Drugs: Applications for COVID-19 and Valley Fever 

What is drug repurposing and why is it important?

Learn more about the CURE ID web-based app made possible by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and its utility for COVID-19 and Valley Fever.

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend. 

Presented by:

Marco Schito, PhD

Executive Director, Cure Drug Repurposing Collaboratory 

Marco Schito, PhD is Executive Director of C-Path’s CURE Drug Repurposing Collaboratory and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. His work aims to discover potentially safe and effective repurposed therapies for diseases with high unmet medical need by capturing and sharing global, real-world clinical data. Prior to joining C-Path, Dr. Schito was a Senior Scientific Officer at the Division of AIDS, NIH where he wrote and managed point-of-care diagnostic contracts for developing HIV viral load assays in low-resource settings, stood up a fully-characterized HIV global viral diversity panel program, and launched a research initiative to standardize the measurement of mucosal immune responses in HIV clinical trials. During his intramural tenure at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Schito led the in vivo modeling of anti-retroviral zinc finger inhibitors, characterized TCR transgenic murine models, and the immune characterization of mice deficient in p53 phosphatases (PPM1D). Over the past decade, he established data knowledgebase to enable the use of Next Generation Sequencing platforms to quickly and accurately identify efficacious tuberculosis drug regimens. This platform is now being used by the World Health Organization for their global genomic drug surveillance program. Dr. Schito received his PhD from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Canada in immuno-parasitology.