Broader vaccine protection against flu and COVID-19,

Researchers at UW–Madison have provided new insights into an alternative vaccine approach that provides broader protection against seasonal influenza as well as other respiratory pathogens, including COVID-19. The experimental vaccine delivered long-lasting, multi-pronged protection in the lungs of mice by rallying T-cells, specialist white blood cells that quickly eliminate viral invaders through an immune response. The research suggests a potential strategy for developing a universal flu vaccine so a new vaccine does not have to be developed every year.

Easing the burden of cancer on patients and families,

More than 294,300 people in Wisconsin are living with a cancer diagnosis. The Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative aims to lift the burden cancer can have on patients and families. Made up of a statewide coalition of 140 organizations, the collaborative provides organizations on the front lines of cancer care and prevention with the tools, support and knowledge they need to create healthier communities. Over the next 10 years, the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative is working to provide better access for cancer screening and treatment and improve cancer health equity across the state.

Reducing influenza’s impact on a community,

Viral infections like influenza can easily spread in K-12 schools, potentially compromising the health of the greater community. A warning system developed by researchers at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health may be key to keeping students, staff, and even parents, healthy during cold and flu season.

⁠Preserving the recreational fishing experience,

UW-Madison scientists are studying multiple factors in Wisconsin’s northern lakes to better understand the Safe Operating Space (SOS), or the range of conditions that allow for a self-sustaining population, for walleye. Their findings could ensure the survival of a key fish species by informing a new vision for managing fisheries. Find out more.