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A $4M Donation To USC Will Fund COVID-19 Research

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Much of how COVID-19 works in the body is still unknown. USC's Keck School of Medicine wants to help fill the knowledge gap with its own research, and a recent $4 million donation from the Keck Foundation will help make that a reality.

Laura Mosqueda, Keck School's dean, says there are five areas where they hope to make progress, starting with basic immunology.

"Diagnosis and treatment, bigger picture level — so epidemiology and population health, engagement and education with our community."

Mosqueda adds that the Keck School intends to develop research infrastructure. She says setting up a bio-repository with tissue samples will make data more easily shared between scientists.

USC has already set up a process to approve new COVID-19 research. Mosqueda says the school is working out a mechanism to distribute the funds with input from active COVID-19 research groups.

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The donation was announced late last week.


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