Health & Medicine

Research to the Rescue

UW scientists rise to the challenge of fighting COVID-19.

Members of the Madison community receive COVID-19 testing at the Nielsen Tennis Center

Jeff Miller

There is no question that COVID-19 introduced myriad challenges to the campus community, including the closing of labs in the early weeks of the pandemic. But UW–Madison researchers rose to the occasion, developing innovative approaches to help confront, understand, and reduce the negative effects of the disease.


COVID-19-related research proposals submitted by UW–Madison researchers since March 2020


Approved and funded COVID-19 projects at UW–Madison


Wastewater sites on campus in use by UW– Madison researchers studying the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in human feces


Awarded to UW COVID-19 researchers from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Wisconsin DHS


COVID-19 PCR test developed by researchers at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene


Types of personal protective equipment designed by UW–Madison engineers to protect people from transmitting and becoming infected with the virus


Scientific papers about SARS-CoV-2 published in the database PubMed and involving a UW–Madison researcher


People with COVID-19 who have donated to the COVID-19 Convalescent Biobank at the UW Carbone Cancer Center for research, contributing data and samples such as blood and plasma at five weeks, three months, and six months after their symptoms resolve


Research grants awarded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support scientific, medical, and public health approaches by UW–Madison researchers to reduce the effects of COVID-19

Figures current as of January 2021

Published in the Spring 2021 issue


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