COVID-19 RESEARCH

UNDERSTANDING THE PANDEMIC'S IMPACTS


 

Within weeks of the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Utah community mobilized enormous efforts toward understanding the nature of the novel coronavirus and its impact on society. Today some 200 investigators from nearly every discipline are leading more than 400 COVID-19-related projects to study the virus from all angles—from testing and vaccine trials to its impact on vulnerable communities and rates of domestic violence.

The flash flood-like emergence of COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on University of Utah Health’s Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (3i) initiative that brings scientists from diverse backgrounds together to conduct research in these fields. With 3i in place, the U and partners were able to quickly leverage our strengths to answer the most pressing questions about COVID-19.

RESEARCH BY THE NUMBERS



400+

research projects


$1.3M

in U seed funding


$62M

in external funding


450+

academic publications

LIFE-CHANGING RESEARCH


Our U research community is an important part of both the international response to the pandemic and helping our Utah neighbors and economy to recover. As experts, they are informing not only state policy but national policy as well. These investigators are innovating solutions to alleviate the burden on vulnerable populations and to help our community rebound. Below are the wide-ranging areas in which University of Utah researchers are making a difference.

 

Testing and
Treating COVID-19

Finding better tests, treatments, and a cure for COVID-19.

Mental Health
and the Brain

Exploring neurological impacts and how people are psychologically adjusting to the disruptions in everyday life.

Social Impact
and Policy

Understanding how to better protect and prepare people from the unintended consequences of efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

Data Science and
Genomic Medicine

Efforts to make better predictions of COVID-19 and engage cutting-edge methods across artificial intelligence, genetics, and mathematical modeling.

Environmental Impact and
Minimizing Exposure

Understanding how our actions during COVID-19 are impacting the environment, and how to minimize exposure to the virus across settings.

Health Impacts
Across Populations

Investigating the many ways that COVID-19 impacts people from different communities, including long-haulers.

COVID-19 RESEARCH NEWS

A SAMPLING OF  STORIES ABOUT HOW OUR RESEARCH IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE


Research in a time of crisis

In science as in life, the past 16 months have been nothing short of a crucible: “a situation of severe trial… leading to the creation […]

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COVID-19 complications more likely in Black and Native American populations

Health & Populations

Black people and Native Americans with health problems prior to contracting COVID-19 are more likely to have longer hospital stays, require treatment with a ventilator […]

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Test to play and to stay

Testing & Treatment

When COVID-19 cases began to rise dramatically in Utah in November 2020, schools faced a difficult choice. They could maintain normal activities, giving students valuable […]

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Will COVID-19 become a seasonal nuisance?

Data Science

Within the next decade, the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 could become little more than a nuisance, causing no more than common cold-like coughs and […]

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New partnership to develop a new ultra-fast test for COVID-19 antibodies

Testing & Treatment

Find the original release online: https://pivotcenter.utah.edu/press-release/university-of-utah-arup-and-techcyte-develop-nanospot-ai-a-new-ultra-fast-test-for-covid-19-antibodies/ The University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and Techcyte Inc. announced today that they have formed a partnership to develop […]

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COVID-19 vaccines as effective in real-world settings as in clinical trials

Testing & Treatment

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer substantial protection from infection by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in the “real-world”, concludes a large study carried out at six regions […]

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Health and academic professionals with dependents at greatest risk of quitting after COVID-19

Mental Health

Up to one in five employees at an academic medical institution are considering leaving their professions due to the strains of coping with the pandemic […]

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U OF U Health research plays major role in new CDC guidelines

Testing & Treatment

Research from University of Utah’s Health and Economic Recovery Outreach (HERO) Project contributed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) revised physical distancing guidelines that […]

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