On March 23, 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, at the NIH Bethesda Campus. During Dr. Jha’s visit, Dr. Mariana Kaplan, chief of NIAMS’ Systemic Autoimmunity Branch, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on people with systemic autoimmune diseases and the role of neutrophil dysregulation in COVID-19 and potential impact for “long COVID.” At a tour of Dr. Kaplan’s laboratory, Dr. Jha met and spoke with several researchers, including NIAMS Scholar Dr. William Ambler and postbac Alexandra Woo. Ambler and Woo spoke to him about the role of neutrophils in autoimmune disorders.
Dr. Jha also met with researchers and leadership from the NIH Vaccine Research Center and the NIH Clinical Center.
Read more about Dr. Jha's visit in the NIH Record: Jha, White House Covid Response Team Visit | NIH Record