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.
And thanks to a generous $350,000 challenge grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation, we have the opportunity to come together and double our impact as we prepare for the pandemic’s peak.
For every dollar you give to the UC San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, a dollar will be matched by the Foundation, up to $350,000. By securing the pipeline of testing kits for our caregivers and patients, ventilators, hospital beds, and supplies for surge facilities, we can ensure our response to COVID-19 remains agile. 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.
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
If you wish to participate in u.care but would like to donate to other areas, additional options are available at giveto.ucsd.edu.
Tax-wise tip: Thanks to the CARES Act, donors who don’t itemize can make a cash gift of up to $300 (individuals or couples filing jointly) and reduce their taxable income for 2020.