While the pandemic and its challenges are
far from over, we look forward to the new year with hope
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
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.
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