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Swift, generous support drives COVID-19 and related virus research

In early 2020, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, changed life as we know it, causing a global pandemic the likes of which hadn’t been seen in an age. UMass Medical School responded rapidly by mobilizing its groundbreaking research platform to achieve understanding of this novel coronavirus—and philanthropic individuals and foundations were just as immediate in providing their support.

The medical school’s ability to refocus so quickly is rooted in its research achievements in virology, immunology, host response, drug design and advanced therapeutics. As a result, more than 19 UMMS labs shifted their efforts in the pandemic’s early days to work on COVID-19 and related virus research. In concert, donors and foundations from near and far contributed nearly $3 million to support these activities.

The stories below describe a few of the many notable COVID-19 related projects that were launched between May 1 and June 30, 2020, and how philanthropy is strengthening the work.

  • AHA grant probes the heart of COVID-19 infections
    08/26/20

    AHA grant probes the heart of COVID-19 infections

  • Mathers Foundation helps battle COVID-19 at the genetic level
    08/17/20

    Mathers Foundation helps battle COVID-19 at the genetic level

  • Donor support funds COVID-19 pilot projects at UMMS
    06/30/20

    Donor support funds COVID-19 pilot projects at UMMS

  • Bassick Family Foundation boosts COVID-19 research at UMMS
    06/23/20

    Bassick Family Foundation boosts COVID-19 research at UMMS

  • COVID-19 convalescent plasma study helps patients, researchers
    05/29/20

    COVID-19 convalescent plasma study helps patients, researchers

Generous supporters of $25,000 or more to COVID-19/pandemic research at UMMS

(List is alphabetical. Foundation names that include an individual’s name are listed alphabetically by that individual’s last name.)

C. F. Adams Charitable Trust

The George I. Alden Trust

American Heart Association

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Antonellis

Robert and Ardis James Foundation

Bassick Family Foundation

Boston Foundation

The Dacier Family in loving memory of Johnnie Ray Cox

Mary C. DeFeudis

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Harrington Discovery Institute

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Lookout Foundation

Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness

The G. Harold & Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation

MFS Investment Management

Remillard Family Foundation