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ReFlections Volume 52, January 2021

  • Lauren Lefebre
  • Dr. John J. Lefebre
  • Dr. Radhika (Radi) Counsell
  • Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman
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In Brief
Examine emerging trends in COVID-19 and claims considerations, differentiated thyroid cancers, monoclonal antibodies, and more. 

We don’t yet know what the coming “new normal” will be, but we do know life will be different. This issue features our first father-daughter collaboration. Dr. John Lefebre, Vice President, Global Medical Director, a frequent contributor to ReFlections, teamed up with his daughter, Lauren Lefebre, Director, E-Underwriting Rules, to produce a comprehensive and detailed article on recovery from COVID-19 which examines emerging trends and addresses important underwriting and claims considerations.

We also welcome back Dr. Radhika Counsell, Consulting Medical Officer, who offers a deep dive into the growing complexity of differentiated thyroid cancers and discusses this topic in the context of critical illness claims assessment. In addition, ReFlections editor Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Medical, provides a Brief Report on therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, which are rapidly growing in importance for a multitude of disorders for both prevention and treatment.

Our update on the Longer Life Foundation, RGA’s research collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, features an interview with grantee Meredith Jackrel, Ph.D. Dr. Jackrel’s lab is leading exciting research into protein misfolding – work with great relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. Beginning with this issue, we will be publishing ReFlections in an electronic format only, which will enable it to be even more timely. A printable PDF will continue to be made available. We remain committed to bringing our readers the best medically-focused thought leadership in the industry. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best serve you.

Oxygen therapy for COVID-19
Recovered: What Does it Mean Post-COVID-19?
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Assessing Differentiated Thyroid Cancers and Variants
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The Monoclonal Antibody Revolution – What Insurers Need to Know
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Lauren Lefebre
Lauren Lefebre
AVP, e-Underwriting RGA, International Re
Dr. John J. Lefebre
Vice President and Senior Global Medical Director, Global Medical 
Dr. Radhika Counsell
Dr. Radhika (Radi) Counsell
Consulting Medical Officer, RGA UK
Dan Zimmerman
Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman
Senior Vice President, Chief Science Advisor