COVID-19 Response Fund

The UB community is deploying expertise and resources to address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and past president of the American Medical Association, discusses the impact an academic medical center can have on a crisis like the current pandemic.

Our faculty, staff and students are working on the front lines of COVID-19 response—providing medical, dental, legal and social work services (both in-person and remotely); testing for the disease; conducting research; gathering and distributing supplies, and assisting in the production of protective equipment for health care workers.

Our faculty’s collective knowledge and experience—especially in medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy and social work—represents a lifesaving resource for the community.

To support the many rapidly evolving healthcare needs of our community, the University at Buffalo has established the Health Sciences Emergency Fund. Your contributions will provide funding for critical, ongoing efforts in our community that include:

  • Accelerating and expanding diagnostic and testing capacity
  • Securing additional physicians and nurses
  • Providing emergency medical and dental care to vulnerable populations
  • Producing personal protective equipment using 3-D printing technology and rapidly distributing it to caretakers on the frontlines
  • Expanding telehealth services and virtual appointment technologies
  • Accelerating COVID-19 vaccine research
  • Obtaining FDA approval to begin clinical trials treating COVID-19 with novel drugs
  • Training frontline health workers in the region to respond effectively to the pandemic

If you would like to discuss a gift or a pledge to one of UB’s emergency funds, please contact our University Advancement staff at or 716-829-2773. Thank you for investing in UB, our students and our community.

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Photos from the front-lines

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Now more than ever, it’s important to tell stories that connect the UB community, inspiring others to help, cope, understand and work to strengthen the ties that bind us. Together we can make a difference and persevere during this time of crisis.

We want to hear about your frontline experiences; behind-the-scenes support; challenges as a couple in healthcare; lives lost, lives saved; creative solutions; coping strategies; expressions of gratitude; and your everyday experiences. Submit your story.