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IMPORTANT: Updated Directive to UCSF Laboratory Researchers

March 16, 2020

Dear Deans, Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and ORU Directors:

This is to follow up on last night’s directive to cease noncritical research activities at UCSF. As you know, the City has declared that people should stay home if they are not engaged in essential activities.

We believe that maintenance of animal lines, equipment, and long-term experiments in UCSF research facilities are essential. We are therefore meeting the spirit of the mayor’s order by allowing a minimal ‘skeleton crew’ of lab personnel to carry out essential maintenance and animal care. The goals and requirements of last night’s directive therefore remain unchanged.

We are asking you to strongly encourage your research faculty to complete the survey that was included in last night’s message, and to be sure to list the key personnel who will maintain their lab operations. It is possible that the UCSF police might eventually need this list to determine who is allowed into our research buildings.



Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc
Vice Chancellor for Research
Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology
Rheumatology Division Chief