UW Research

July 13, 2020

For the Record – July 13, 2020

Update about Resuming Halted Research

Effective immediately

COVID-19 transmission has been increasing in King County, regionally, and in many other parts of the country. This means that significant expansion of allowable research is not currently appropriate. However, a modest expansion of Category 4 research is now possible, as described below.

Remember that study teams and participants are expected to comply with all public health guidelines about physical distancing, face coverings, and good hygiene practices as well as all applicable requirements described in the HSD Checklist for Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CHANGE. The current Category 4 of allowed research has been revised to allow these types of imaging, for studies that meet all existing criteria for Category 4, including the brief duration requirement. This change acknowledges the significant work that these UW Medicine facilities have done to manage COVID-19-related risks.

  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray imaging that occurs in a clinical facility
  • CT scans that occur in a clinical facility
  • MRI imaging that occurs in a clinical facility OR that is conducted at the Health Sciences DISC facility, and advance permission has been obtained from the DISC and from HSD Director Karen Moe (kemoe@uw.edu). The number of participants scanned per day in the DISC is being carefully managed.

CHANGE. The descriptions of allowable research have been consolidated across dates, to describe only the currently allowed research.

NEXT STEPS. HSD is working with campus public health and infectious disease experts to develop a COVID-19 risk scoring system for all remaining research that is not currently allowed. It will be used in combination with current and future public health metrics to identify which additional research can resume. The system will be announced in this eNewsletter and on HSD’s website, likely within three weeks.


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