Join Us in the Fight Against Coronavirus
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
You can be a part of UC San Diego’s response to COVID-19 and help us address the most pressing needs as they emerge.
Join donors from across the community and around the world who have already given $1.5 million in support of the UC San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and more than $6 million in gifts and in-kind contributions for our cross-campus COVID-19 efforts.
UC San Diego is at the forefront of our community’s response to COVID-19. As the only academic health system in San Diego, UC San Diego Health was the first to care for COVID-19 patients in our community and is a leader in testing and clinical trials.
With your help, we can expand clinical tested and accelerate research projects to better understand and track COVID-19, as well as assist displaced and impacted members of our UC San Diego community. Together, we can protect the health and safety of everyone in San Diego and beyond.
Other Ways UC San Diego Is Taking on COVID-19
Expanding clinical testing
- In collaboration with corporate partners, deploy, and validate newly developed clinical tests
- Develop new COVID-19 tests to provide low-cost, rapid results (<1 hour)
- Develop home testing kits for COVID-19
Developing new therapies for treatment and vaccine
- Identify and test new drugs, by drawing on the wide array of drug discovery pipelines and our clinical testing capabilities to develop new drugs to improve the outcome of infected patients and health care workers
- Develop monoclonal antibody therapies and vaccines, by drawing upon our expertise in immunology
Understanding the COVID-19 virus
- Study the viral replication cycle and the role played by genetic variation in disease progression and transmission from animals to humans, by drawing upon our expertise in virology and genetics, to better understand this family of dangerous viruses and prepare for the next variant with pandemic potential
- Understand the role the immune system plays in disease progression, and the mechanisms by which pre-existing conditions increase the probability of infection and/or severe disease
Improving environmental and community health
- Study COVID-19 exposure and transmission, using cutting edge technologies with high sensitivity, to better understand exposure pathways indoors, outdoors, on surfaces, water, air, and animals
- Deploy molecular epidemiological approaches to track the spread of the disease, incorporating new COVID-19 diagnostics into existing cohort studies as well as launching new studies