Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to each of us at Texas Biomed that the current situation is the very reason the Institute exists. This is a unique and trying time for the country and the world. The Institute’s very existence grew out of the desire to meet the challenges of such a time. And, our team is rallying to meet the needs of our scientific community in developing animal models, studying the virus and examining potential diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat the new coronavirus. Scientists here have begun their own research, and we are working with collaborators worldwide to execute leading research into COVID-19. The Institute’s unique resources in the Southwest National Primate Research Center and its BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories position enable scientists to perform cutting-edge research in a regulated environment built specifically for diseases like this one. Please read below for more information on the projects currently being implemented, coronavirus prevention tips, and FAQs.

While our team is diving into the research, we are well aware we must take precautions for the safety of our staff and the community, which is why Texas Biomed is closing its campus and allowing only employees, graduate students, necessary vendors, and critical delivery personnel to access campus. The Texas Biomed outreach program, which includes tours and community education events, has been suspended for the months of March and April. Please check our COVID-19 Resources page with more online resources our community can use. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for updates and new information.

Updated April 3, 2020

Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Research Projects at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Coronavirus COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Other helpful links

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Credit: NIAID-RML

COVID-19 Symptoms (CDC)

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