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



919

research projects


$1.3M

in U seed funding


$68M

in external funding


643

academic publications


17,500+

times cited

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


Earliest cases of COVID-19 traced to market in Wuhan, China

Data Science

Original story at U of U Health. An international team of 18 researchers, including a scientist at University of Utah Health, have determined that the earliest […]

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Gun injuries in children spiked during the pandemic

Health & Populations

Original story at U of U Health. Gun injuries in kids surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 50% increase compared to previous years. Data […]

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More than 40% of Americans misled others about having COVID-19 and use of precautions

Social & Policy

Original story at U of U Health. Four of 10 Americans surveyed report that they were often less than truthful about whether they had COVID-19 […]

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MRNA vaccines significantly reduce severity of Delta, Omicron COVID-19 infections

Testing & Treatment

Original story at U of U Health. People who have received two or three doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine are significantly more likely to […]

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Study: covid may increase risk of stroke in kids

Health & Populations

Overall risk is low but real, data suggests. Children may be at increased risk of stroke after COVID-19 infection, according to a new study published […]

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Research on long COVID in Utah

Health & Populations

While most people who have had COVID-19 recover within a few weeks, as many as 1 in 3 people experience long term side effects of […]

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Proteins in saliva could aid in COVID-19 detection and predict severe illness

Testing & Treatment

Reprinted with permission from the American Physiological Society. Researchers have identified a family of proteins that is significantly elevated in the saliva of patients hospitalized […]

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Convalescent plasma could lower hospitalization risk for newly infected COVID-19 patients

Testing & Treatment

Early treatment of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients with plasma extracted from individuals who have recovered from the disease reduces the need for hospitalization by more […]

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