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
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.
Finding better tests, treatments, and a cure for COVID-19.
and the Brain
Exploring neurological impacts and how people are psychologically adjusting to the disruptions in everyday life.
Understanding how to better protect and prepare people from the unintended consequences of efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19.
Data Science and
Efforts to make better predictions of COVID-19 and engage cutting-edge methods across artificial intelligence, genetics, and mathematical modeling.
Environmental Impact and
Understanding how our actions during COVID-19 are impacting the environment, and how to minimize exposure to the virus across settings.
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
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
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
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
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
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
First daily surveillance of emerging COVID-19 hot spots
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