COVID-19 Update: Information and resources can be found here.

Impact of COVID-19 on Researchers

Researcher with test tubes

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve quickly. With each day, the University is implementing new safeguards to minimize the risk of infection and reduce the number of people on campus. Inevitably, these safeguards will impact your research.

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Research Labs Scaled Down

Effective Monday, March 23, research laboratory staff should be reduced to only those performing critical maintenance of the laboratory. These roles are restricted to the care of research animals and maintaining liquid nitrogen tanks. Individual departments, centers, and divisions should each designate one individual to receive all deliveries. These designated individuals should work with their respective building managers to ensure deliveries are received, distributed, and/or stored appropriately.

The only exceptions are the very few laboratories that have received written permission from the Provost’s Office to carry out research directly related to COVID-19.

Human Research

Check the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) for daily updates, current guidelines regarding IRB approval, regulatory guidance, and frequently asked questions.

If you have logistical questions about research procedures at UT Southwestern's hospital, clinics, and campus, including COVID-19 screening forms and surveys (in English and Spanish), refer to the Office of Clinical Research.

Animal and Basic (Laboratory) Research

Check the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) site for important updates.