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COVID-19: OU research results and handmade personal protective equipment

Osaka University provides useful information about COVID-19 and tips to prevent infections.

OU will continue to fulfill its mission post-COVID-19

According to the “Osaka University’s COVID-19 response levels” and the “Osaka University’s Standard Measures for Preventing Infections,” Osaka University will continue its activities while reconciling itself to coexisting with the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 information from Osaka University Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD)

This page contains scientifically accurate information about COVID-19 and latest virology research results provided by RIMD. (link in Japanese)

Research Achievements at Osaka University

Research on COVID-19 Anti-coronavirus (COVID-19) face shield - Easy to make at low cost
[April 2, 2020] A group of researchers led by Specially Appointed Professor NAKAJIMA Kiyokazu and Visiting Academic Staff MUROSAKI Osamu (Department of Next Generation Endoscopic Intervention (Project ENGINE) at the Graduate School of Medicine), in collaboration with Charmant, a global manufacturer of eyeglass frames (Sabae, Fukui), developed an extremely cheap anti-coronavirus face shield constructed of a clear plastic file. They have also disclosed the data of the face shield so that anyone can make it easily with a 3D printer.
Protein structure of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be released from March 11, 2020
[March, 10, 2020] The Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj) of the Institute for Protein Research led by Professor KURISU Genji registered the protein structure of the novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with the Protein Data Bank (PDB) as the representative archive of Asia.
Along with the regular data update on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, PDBj opened the webpage featuring COVID-19 to the public to make it easy for researchers to use related data from the PDB archive.
Innovative oxidant MA-T® kills more than 98% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
Since September 2019, a group of researchers led by Professor INOUE Tsuyoshi of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University has studied the mechanisms of an innovative oxidant, chlorous acid ion solution MA-T®, and its commercialization in the project “Creating innovative techniques for controlling the activation of oxidation reactions by safe oxidants.”
The project was selected as a grant recipient for the Program on Open Innovation Platform with Enterprises, Research Institute and Academia (OPERA) sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in 2019.
This group confirmed that SARS-CoV-2 was disinfected by MA-T® in a one-minute contact test. The effect of this disinfecting agent will be verified in detail in further experiments.

Collaboration with outside organizations

Crowdfunding project for mass production of face shields for medical professionals
[April 20, 2020]
With the READYFOR website, Osaka University has started a crowdfunding project to raise 5 million yen for mass-producing a frame to fit a face shield constructed of a clear plastic file tightly around the sides of the head. Using money from the crowdfunding campaign, the university plans to start the mass production of the frames, which will serve as a part of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff, at factories in Higashiosaka and Kobe cities in early May.
Cooperation with Osaka Prefecture & Osaka City: OU signs a collaborative R&D agreement for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines
[April 14, 2020] Osaka University signed a collaborative research and development (R&D) agreement for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines with University Public Corporation Osaka, Osaka Prefectural Hospital Organization, Osaka City Hospital Organization, Osaka Prefecture, and Osaka City. Under this agreement, the university will promote R&D of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines, contributing to the maintenance and improvement of health and quality of life of individuals in the region.
BIKEN Foundation, RIMD, and NIBIOHN: Joint development of drugs and inspection techniques for COVID-19
[March 18, 2020]
Osaka University’s Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD), in cooperation with the BIKEN Foundation and the National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN), began developing drugs and inspection techniques for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Using their research resources and know-how, these three institutes will strive to achieve early realization of clinical trials toward the development and practical use of COVID-19 vaccines. They will also develop their alliance as a platform for research and development to promote the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases.

How to make a medical gown for infection control (Osaka University Hospital) [PDF file]

This page details how to make medical gowns for COVID-19 infection control, including pictures of the finished product.

How to make a surgical mask (Osaka University Hospital)

This page details how to make the medical face masks that are constructed and used at Osaka University Hospital. (This page is intended for medical institutions.)

A picture book and parents’ guide for families by United Graduate School of Child Development

The United Graduate School of Child Development has prepared a picture book and parents’ guide for families being isolated at home under the state-of-emergency declaration.

Easy-to-make items for preventing the spread of COVID-19

Easy-to-make face shield
This face shield can easily be made from everyday objects and takes less than 5 minutes to make. [Osaka University Department of Safety and Hygiene]

OU scientists in the fight against COVID-19

The article on the K value by Professor NAKANO Takashi (Research Center for Nuclear Physics)

In response to the many inquiries regarding “K value” mentioned by Professor Nakano, a link to his preprint (a manuscript describing research that has yet to undergo peer review) is listed below. Please note that his statement is his own and does not represent the official views of Osaka University.

Novel indicator of change in COVID-19 spread status (preprint)

Novel Indicator to Ascertain the Status and Trend of COVID-19 Spread: Modeling Study, T. Nakano and Y. Ikeda, J Med Internet Res 2020;22(11):e20144

Novel Coronavirus Infections, Lecture (in Japanese) by Professor TOMONO Kazunori, Infection Control Team, Osaka University Hospital

This lecture was delivered on December 9, 2020. For the latest information, check the websites of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and your municipal government.

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