Pediatric Infectious Disease and COVID-19 Research Fund
The Crisis: A Global Pandemic Is Here
On March 11, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic a pandemic. COVID-19 is one of the most urgent public health crises in generations; we must act now to understand pathogenesis, infection, transmission, containment, and mitigation to halt this deadly virus.
Los Angeles is the frontline of community transmission. Scientists and medical and public-health professionals have been preparing for such a pandemic and are working together creatively to tackle this novel pathogen, learn from it, beat it, and prevent new outbreaks in Los Angeles and around the world.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Research at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Our physician-scientists are actively engaging in a variety of innovative, multi-disciplinary research activities to better understand, develop treatments, and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases. Several research studies are currently underway at UCLA, including but not limited to: creating an international database tracking coronavirus cases in children and pregnant women; developing a serologic test for COVID-19; studying all hospitalized COVID-19 patients at UCLA Health to better understand the virus, the immune response, prognostic factors and biomarkers; finding therapies for pregnant women and children; and testing all healthcare workers who are exposed to COVID-19.
Gifts to this fund will support current and future research projects around the novel COVID-19 coronavirus and other infectious diseases in children. Philanthropic funds are crucial to ensure that we can continue to engage in a variety of studies to understand, treat and combat this novel disease as well as future health pandemics that threaten the lives of our most vulnerable populations. No matter what you can donate, your gift will help our physician scientists better understand and respond to the COVID-19 health crisis.
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