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SUNY Downstate Joins Mayo Clinic Convalescent Plasma Trial for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Blood Donations Are Needed from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, a dedicated COVID-19 facility, is participating in a national project using convalescent plasma for the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. SUNY Downstate is seeking blood donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in order to produce the plasma that will be given to patients. Potential donors must have evidence of previous COVID-19 infection with either a nasopharyngeal swab at the time of illness or a positive serologic test for antibodies to SARs-COV2, and they must be symptom-free for 14 days and seen by a health care provider.

The Mayo Clinic is the lead institution coordinating the trial. This national effort will collect plasma from donors who meet the criteria established by the Food and Drug Administration. There are currently no vaccines or proven treatments for COVID-19.

This treatment is based on the function of antibodies created by the immune system to fight infection. Some of these antibodies are capable of fighting viruses, while others fight off other diseases.

“The use of plasma to help patients fight disease began before the turn of the century, and was widely used prior to the development of antibiotics in the 1940’s,” said Dr. Michael Augenbraun, Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.  “We don’t yet know how COVID-19 antibodies might work in helping patients recover, but it is believed an infusion of convalescent plasma may improve their ability to fight the disease until their own immune system is strong enough to take over.”

People who have recovered from COVID-19 who are interested in making a potentially life-saving blood donation for convalescent plasma may email us at


Supplies Provided by Generous Donors

photo of N95 mask donation

Today SUNY Downstate received a generous donation of 2500 N95 masks from the Daofeng & Angela Foundation. The donation was arranged by Dr. Lorenzo Paladino, Emergency Medicine Physician, Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Research at Downstate.

Based in Maryland, the Daofeng & Angela Foundation is part of a consortium of non-governmental organizations that recently formed the “The Covid-19 Life Preservation Fund by NGO’s” to provide vital supplies and PPE to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. To date, Chinese philanthropist Daofeng He and the Daofeng & Angela Foundation have together pledged more than $800,000 to support this effort. We appreciate their generosity and the efforts of Dr. Paladino in obtaining this donation. The consortium also donated 1050 N95 masts to Montefiore Medical Center.

Inquiries can be sent to

In response to an outpouring of generosity by our community to donate critical medical supplies, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – University Hospital of Brooklyn has established a special email that be contacted by anyone interested in making donations.