USF Health responds to the pandemic

USF Health COVID-19 Pandemic Research and Response

USF Health is committed to solving global problems, positively shaping the future, and changing lives, and never has this been more true than in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Our researchers and health care professionals are working hard in our core areas of research, patient care and education to quickly respond to the current COVID-19 crisis as well as future pandemics.

RESEARCH: Discovering new solutions to fight COVID-19

USF Health leads clinical trials seeking COVID-19 treatments, cure

USF Health researchers have launched dozens of clinical trials as part of the world-wide effort to reduce the severity and even prevent transmission of COVID-19. In connection with Tampa General Hospital, the USF Health researchers are leading the examination of a range of medications and treatment protocols that could impact the disease at a symptoms-level for patients and at the cellular level of the virus.  » Read more

USF launches interdisciplinary Pandemic Response Research Network, invests in projects addressing outbreak

The University of South Florida is launching the Pandemic Response Research Network™ (PRRN), an interdisciplinary collaboration of its leading scientists whose research addresses the issues surrounding epidemics. It will help provide financial seed support for a series of projects aimed at developing potential vaccines, treatments, technologies and social mitigation strategies in the wake of COVID-19. USF faculty have submitted proposals for the USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program, and the PRRN has assembled research hubs in key areas of USF research strengths: 

  • Clinical, Translational and Therapeutic Discovery
  • Environmental Consequences of the COVID-19 Viral Epidemic 
  • Information, Computing, and Communication Technology 
  • Research Hub on Microbiome, Immunology and Infection Mitigation 
  • Behavioral, Socio-emotional, and Educational Wellbeing

The Task Force is also in the process of creating hubs for basic research toward therapeutics; diagnostics, vaccines and cleaning solutions; epidemiology and surveillance; fundraising and partnerships; and manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship. » Read more

Contact Arthur Santos for information on how you can support USF Health research projects fighting COVID-19. 

PATIENT CARE: Responding to the needs of patients in Tampa Bay and beyond

USF Infectious Disease doctor, Seetha Lakshmi, MD.

In addition to bringing the latest clinical trials to Tampa Bay, USF Health doctors, public health leaders, nurses and pharmacists are providing care to local patients and advising community leaders and citizens on how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Here are just a few examples:

Make a gift to the USF Health Pandemic Research and Response fund to support the front-line efforts in patient care.

EDUCATION AND SERVICE: Preparing the next generation of health care professionals

USF places the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our highest priority. We have quickly moved hundreds of courses online, created online student support resources, and we're creating virtual town halls and virtual commencement activities to connect our community.

Even so, many USF Health students have answered the call of their chosen profession to serve in this crisis. Public Health students have volunteered to help with screening and testing, and 180 4th-year MD and nurse practitioner students have served more than 3,700 patients in the USF Health/TGH COVID-19 Confirmed Clinic through telemedicine follow-ups. Third-year medical students have united to support COVID-19 Provider Relief by offering to do errands, meal prep, pet care or other services to health care workers serving on the front lines. 

The Morsani College of Medicine is opening up two summer online courses on Advances in Virology and Vaccines and Applied Immunology for USF graduate students looking for academic coursework in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

To support USF students in financial crisis due to COVID-19, please support the United Support Fund (any USF student may apply) or the Gertrude Skelly Nursing Student Emergency Fund (for USF nursing students).