As the world wrestles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has quickly focused on finding solutions to contain the spread of the virus, treat patients, and develop vaccines to protect against infection. Government, health care, and business leaders have turned to major research universities, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, for help. For researchers to continue their work, they need your help.
UW–Madison has been at the forefront of research for more than a century and is now one of the institutions working to lead the battle against COVID-19. With UW Hospital, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the College of Engineering, and research strength and collaboration across almost all academic disciplines, UW–Madison is uniquely positioned to address this crisis. In a matter of weeks, faculty and researchers have been able to utilize their knowledge and background to find solutions that will save lives. Some examples are:
- UW–Madison virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, one of the world’s leading infectious disease researchers, and his colleagues are working with private industry to rapidly develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
- UW–Madison engineers created an open source design that provides manufacturers around the globe with the tools to quickly build face shields for frontline health care professionals.
- UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor of anesthesiology William Hartman is collaborating with a consortium of leading medical institutions to test the effectiveness of using plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat individuals who are seriously ill with the virus.
These are just a few examples of the groundbreaking work being done on campus. The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association has been collecting inspiring stories and crucial resources from across campus and are sharing them on advanceuw.org.
This work is possible because UW–Madison and other research universities have the expertise, infrastructure, and funding to move quickly and utilize knowledge gained from years of basic and applied research success. That work has been supported by funding from the federal government, private industry, and major not-for-profit organizations.
Now is the time for the federal government to increase support for scientific research. Increased federal funding directed to UW–Madison and other major research institutions will not only support the work currently underway to address this pandemic, but will also help address future pandemics and health emergencies.
We encourage you to join us today. Support lifesaving research by contacting our president and members of Congress and asking for their ongoing support of federal research funding.