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Vall d'Hebron's research against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
The infectious COVID-19 disease, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, started in Wuhan, China in late December 2019 and has spread very rapidly in the rest of the world. The fact that our body's defenses (the immune system) have not been exposed before to this virus, its high contagion capacity and the severity of its symptoms represents one of the most important health challenges of our generation.
What are we doing in Vall d'Hebron?
Unfortunately, to this day, there is no therapy to treat this disease. For this reason, Vall Hebron researchers are focusing our efforts on learning everything we can about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with the aim of finding its weak points and being able to develop strategies to prevent, treat and cure the disease.
A group of more than 100 researchers and doctors from different research areas (epidemiologists, internists, geneticists, virologists, immunologists, molecular biologists, etc.) are already working very intensively and have launched different research projects.
What do we want to achieve?
This research has 7 specific objectives and areas of action:
1. Understand and predict how the virus spreads among the population. This information will help planning the steps to be taken at all times.
2. Determine why some people are more susceptible to developing the disease than others. That is, why there are infected people who do not have symptoms or develop a mild form of the disease, while in others the coronavirus is life-threatening.
3. Identify if there are more contagious and virulent strains of the virus.
4. Generate new effective, fast and cheap methods of virus detection.
5. Develop drugs that block the virus from entering cells. In this way the virus could not spread throughout the body.
6. Check the effect of drugs that we already know are effective in the treatment of other diseases.
7. Work on the development of an effective and safe vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.
But we don’t stop here and our recognized efficiency in conducting clinical trials and the collaborations we regularly maintain with other research centers and hospitals and also with the pharmaceutical industry will let us, in the coming days or weeks, to launch new research projects.
How can you
While our heroes, both care and support personnel, save lives, the heroes of research are also key now and in the coming weeks to find solutions for the present and future in the fight against the coronavirus. Join Vall d’Hebron's commitment to stop the coronavirus.
With your donation we will move the investigation forward to stop this pandemic together.