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Penn Establishes Center to Accelerate Coronavirus Research

The Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens aims to advance research efforts and support development of new therapies, vaccines.


Coronavirus infected cells | Photo credit: Dr. Susan Weiss


PHILADELPHIA — The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has established a new center to help expand and accelerate research related to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. The Center of Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens aims to advance research to better understand the pathology of the coronavirus and, ultimately, support the development of potential vaccines, diagnostic tools, and effective therapies. In response to the global health crisis, and in consultation with leadership of the Perelman School of Medicine, the Microbiology Department is proud to announce the founding of the Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens.

The goals of the Center are to:

  1. Expand and accelerate SARS-CoV-2 research at Penn, CHOP and Wistar.

  2. Provide centralized information on SARS-CoV-2 research developments in our community and globally.

  3. Compile information and catalyze opportunities for new funding for research on SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens.

The Center will be directed by Susan Weiss, PhD, and Frederic Bushman, PhD, with a highly distinguished set of researchers from Penn Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and The Wistar Institute

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