UCLA registry is facilitating blood plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients and helping to guide COVID-19 research.
UCLA researchers opened the Research Registry for Recovered COVID-19 Patients soon after the first surge of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles, with the initial goal to find potential plasma donors and test the use of their plasma to treat the disease, said Arash Naeim, the principal investigator of the registry.
Although plasma donation was its initial purpose, the registry is now also supplying subjects for various COVID-19 research studies, said Naeim, who is also the chief medical officer for clinical research at UCLA Health.
About 5,000 people throughout LA County have joined the registry, and new patients regularly sign up, Naeim said.
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