COVID-19 Research at Fred Hutch
We’ve been studying viruses for as long as we’ve been studying cancer — because cancer and our bodies’ defenses against infection are closely linked. When the novel coronavirus began to spread in China, our scientists responded immediately. When it reached the U.S., we were ready to take the lead — tracking the spread of the virus; protecting patients; expanding testing capacity; and advising local, national, and global policymakers on how and where the virus is spreading and how to flatten the curve.
Now we’re studying people with COVID-19, and those at high risk, to investigate how the immune system responds to the virus and pinpoint antibodies that target it. We’re creating a clinic to conduct therapy trials and learn about long-term effects for patients. And we’re partnering with other cancer centers to explore the impact of the virus on cancer patients. From data science to virology, we’ve activated our broad expertise to halt the spread of COVID-19, find treatments, and develop vaccines.
Fueling the Leading Edge of COVID-19 Research
To end this pandemic, and prevent future ones, we need to address it from multiple angles. Our expertise — in everything from basic science to vaccine development — is uniquely suited to this once-in-a-generation challenge.
Our priorities include:
- Developing and evaluating rapid testing and point-of-care tests to increase availability and speed results.
- Discovering antibodies in people infected with the coronavirus to inform new therapeutics and vaccines.
- Creating a one-of-a-kind COVID-19 Clinical Research Center to conduct drug trials and other clinical research.
- Developing vaccines that will provide lifetime protection no matter how many times the virus mutates.
- Decoding how coronaviruses evolve so we can empower our immune systems to defend against them.
- Understanding how to safely turn down the dial on physical distancing so people and businesses can ramp up activities.
- Reducing the pandemic's disproportionate effect on communities of color and other health inequities.
We’re raising $10 million to support COVID-19 research, and we need your partnership.
Charitable support from people like you allows us to move faster and explore the newest, most daring ideas. By fostering innovation early in the research process, you make it possible for us to build the evidence we need to secure government funding, foundation grants, and industry partnerships — and to turn promising ideas into proven solutions that will halt the pandemic and save lives worldwide.
Thank you for your belief in the power of research.
Why Does Fred Hutch Study Viruses?
Our pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation revealed the urgent need to protect transplant patients from deadly infections, which launched our quest to gain an in-depth understanding of the immune system.
Today, we’re known for our expertise in virology and infectious disease. We are working in the laboratory, the clinic, and the cloud to find better ways to detect, prevent, and treat viruses and other infections to protect patients and communities. Working across disciplines, we are studying how HIV and other viruses evolve, learning how pathogens cause cancers, and developing and advancing treatments that harness patients’ own immune systems to fight disease. We track epidemics to guide public health officials’ strategies to contain outbreaks of diseases like Zika, Ebola, and now COVID-19. And we’re on the leading edge of developing vaccines to prevent HIV, with active research projects in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and more than 40 other countries.
Your gift to support our coronavirus response will have immediate and long-term impact. Please give today.