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 200 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



200+

research projects


$1.3M

in U seed funding


$29M

in external funding


130+

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


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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Severity of COVID-19 determines likelihood of pregnancy complications

Health & Populations

Pregnant women who contract SARS-CoV-2, the strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, are at greater risk of dying and experiencing serious complications compared to […]

Read More

COVID-19 causes ‘hyperactivity’ in blood-clotting cells

Testing & Treatment

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes and other serious complications in some patients who have […]

Read More

COVID-19 complication clues

Health & Populations

An overactive defense response may lead to increased blood clotting, disease severity and death from COVID-19. A phenomenon called NETosis—in which infection-fighting cells emit a […]

Read More

First daily surveillance of emerging COVID-19 hot spots

Data Science

Over the course of the coronavirus epidemic, COVID-19 outbreaks have hit communities across the United States. As clusters of infection shift over time, local officials […]

Read More

The overlooked casualties of COVID-19

Mental Health

The daily toll of COVID-19, as measured by new cases and the growing number of deaths, overlooks a shadowy set of casualties: The rising risk […]

Read More

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY

Are you interested in taking part in a COVID-19 study?

Participate

DONATE NOW

Support COVID-19 research

Give to U of U Health