Patients with COVID-19 donate specimens to advance research

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Philip Mudd, MD, PhD, above, an emergency medicine physician, and his colleague, Jane O’Halloran, MD, PhD, an infectious diseases specialist, have led efforts to create a repository for storing and managing specimens collected from patients with COVID-19. To date, more than 7,000 samples, including blood, urine and saliva specimens, have been distributed to investigators conducting COVID-19 research on the Medical and Danforth campuses. 

Collecting samples via one centralized process speeds research, prevents scientists from duplicating work already underway and relieves patients of the burden of being asked to participate in multiple studies. Learn more about current efforts or how to obtain research samples

The repository was created with financial support from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), as well as input from the Community Advisory Board of Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and ICTS.