The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 pm.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Your Health: An Update on COVID-19 Vaccines and Clinical Trials

University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty and staff are experts in the field of global health and vaccinology, and they are dedicated to improving global health by conducting innovative, world-leading research in Baltimore and around the world. UMSOM researchers and scientists are among hundreds of experts across the world working around the clock testing potential vaccines and engaging in clinical trials for COVID-19.

Matthew Laurens, MD, MPH is a UMSOM infectious diseases specialist who practices pediatric infectious diseases and conducts clinical trials, including an ongoing Phase 3 trial of Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine. His background is in malaria vaccine development, and he has conducted malaria vaccine trials in Baltimore and in sub-Saharan Africa in adult and pediatric populations.

Dr. Laurens will be a guest on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection "Your Health" program on Monday, September 21, at 7 pm discussing updates on COVID-19 vaccines and clinical trials.