Just like our doctors and nurses, NWABR members are on the frontlines working at a rapid pace to understand SARS-CoV-2 (novel Coronavirus), how it spreads, how it infects, who it infects, why it shows itself in a variety of symptoms and why it can progress in such a deadly way.
These organizations are working at breakneck speed to better understand COVID-19, to find effective diagnostic tools and treatments, and to see if other drugs might be useful to stop disease progression. They are also working to develop vaccines that will be our best solution to stopping the pandemic and to help the world return to normal.
Every aspect of biomedical research is involved in this unprecedented effort to come to grips with the Coronavirus pandemic. In laboratories around the world researchers and scientists are attempting to understand both the novel Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Knowledge of both the virus and the disease are necessary to:
- stop the disease from spreading,
- ensure that we know when someone has the disease,
- provide the most effective treatments when someone is sick,
- develop a vaccine so we all can be protected in the future,
- get ahead of the long-term side effects of the disease and
- anticipate and prepare for future zoonotic coronaviruses
This research involves carefully controlled basic science as researchers seek to understand the virus. This research involves examining the disease and potential treatments in animal models so that we can steer the direction of human clinical trials. Ultimately, this research involves the development of new treatments and approaches for humans through clinical trials so that we can assure the public that new treatments are both effective and safe.
This website and its linked pages are one way NWABR acknowledges all of the work being undertaken at the moment - with a significant amount underway in Northwest USA.
We have never been more proud of our member organizations and the tens of thousands of scientists, researchers, biological safety experts, animal care staff, clinical research staff, ethicists, members of IBC, IACUC and IRB committees, and all of their funders who are providing the hope that we all need for the future.
Please join us in thanking all of these amazing researchers and please feel free to share their stories.