Opinion: Academic health centers play unique role in battle against COVID-19 pandemic

Steve A.N. Goldstein, UCI vice chancellor for health affairs writes, “At the University of California, Irvine, my colleagues in the schools of health (medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy) are helping to guide local and state health policy, conducting scores of clinical trials … while our translational investigators have developed tests for infection, serologic assays for immune response, and are marching toward a vaccine. … At the same time, the chemistry and biology departments are applying structural biology and synthetic design …. The art and engineering schools and our Applied Innovation center are meeting the urgent need to protect caregivers by designing, producing and delivering 3D-printed face shields ….”