Publications and Presentations


Jiwani RA , Mao Y, Pona A, Bradner E, Hussain J, Cook P, Burch A, Afriyie F, Labbe J,  Younes A, Badr M, Lee E, and Roper RL. Discontinuation of Transmission Precautions for COVID-19 Patients: PCR Diagnostics, Patient Delays, and Cycle Threshold Values. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, in press.

Kearney GD, Cowin P, Hickey T, Wall TB, Shovelin J, Waldrum M, Thompson D. SWARM: A regional health system’s intervention approach to COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing and adult care homes in rural eastern North Carolina. Journal of Hospital Administration. 2020, 9(4). doi: 10.5430/jha.v9n4p27

Roper RL, RE: Vaccine Specificity for COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2. Response to “Can existing live vaccines prevent COVID-19?” Science on-line June 2020. doi: 10.1126/science.abc4262 (scroll within eLetters tab)

Roper RL, RE: SARS CoV Vaccine Trials in Ferrets, Whole Killed and Live Virus. Response to “Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to SARS–coronavirus 2“. Science on-line June 2020. doi: 10.1126/science.abb7015 (scroll within eLetters tab)

Abstract submissions 

Ransom H, Greer  A, and Clay M, “PANDEMIC DISRUPTION: BIOETHICS CLINICAL AND CURRICULAR RESPONSE” Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Teaching Prevention 2021: Promoting Adaptability, Resiliency, and Sustainability (submitted December 8, 2020) – This panel will describe the disruption activities that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The initial stages of this pandemic required rapid adaptability to institutional, clinical, and curricular needs. Experts in bioethics will describe their role and responsibilities and the impact of outcomes through collaboration. March 8-10, 2021.

Ransom H and Lee H, “Design of a Vaccine Distribution Plan Driven by Ethical Principles and Committed to Promoting Community Engagement and Confidence,” (working title) (in progress)


Lee H. “What the Politics Podcast: Ep. 12: COVID-19 vaccine tests, bioethics, and public policy” (WNCT 9 December 8, 2020). Thirty (30) minute podcast on WNCT on the ethical and legal issues surrounding vaccine allocation and distribution.

Presentations from Roper Lab

Medical & Health Sciences Foundation Board and ECU University Advancement “SARS CoV-2 COVID diagnostics and vaccines.” December 3, 2020

ECU University Advancement “SARS CoV-2 COVID diagnostics and vaccines.” October 12, 2020.

Bradner E, Roper R, Jiwani R, Pona A, Hussain J, Cook P, Burch A, Afriyie F, Labbe J. “COVID-19 Persistent PCR Positive Tests Cause Treatment Delays and Increased Length of Stay. East Carolina University 23rd Annual Medical Student Scholarship Forum. August 3, 2020.