As of April 17th, 2020 the VA St. Louis Health Care System has received full approval to begin enrolling and treating patients in the study “Expanded Access to Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of Patients with COVID-19”.
Dr. Jay McDonald will be the St. Louis VA’s Principal Investigator for this study.
This study will be using Plasma transfusions from recovered COVID-19 patients to current COVID-19 patients. This study is headquartered at the Mayo Clinic, and provides our patients with access to convalescent plasma as a therapeutic for COVID-19.
Check out his interview with fox 2 here
and KMOV4 Article here
We are the first VA in the nation to bring this Plasma treatment to our Veterans! This cutting edge research is going to help save the lives of many
Those who have sacrificed to serve deserve the best health care available. The mission of the Veterans Research and Education Foundation of St. Louis is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted within the VA St. Louis Health Care System.
Our Vision is that every Veteran will receive the best possible care through research-related health care improvements.
The Foundation’s goal in partnering with the VA St. Louis Healthcare System is to focus on Veteran related issues and successfully spotlight opportunities to improve their well-being. The veteran population in the St. Louis metro area includes men and women who have served their country from World War II and the Korean War thru Vietnam, Iraqi Freedom, and the conflict in Afghanistan. Veterans often present unique challenges; through the administration of grants and donations, the research and education teams target those specific needs and potential long-term benefits for improved quality of life. The Foundation provides a flexible funding mechanism for VA-related research and education and will foster the next generation of researchers in the St. Louis metro area. Established in 1993, Veterans Research and Education Foundation of St. Louis (VREF) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.