UC Valley Fever Research

Leveraging UC resources to advance Valley Fever research in California

In July 2018, the University of California launched an effort to advance Valley Fever research with $3 million of designated funding sponsored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas in the California State Budget Act of 2018. San Joaquin Valley Fever, or coccidioidomycosis, is an illness caused by a fungus (coccidioides) endemic to the North American Southwest with significant impact on the people and communities of California. UC has significant expertise in Valley Fever research, and our researchers have already made important contributions to understanding the fungus, its health effects, and approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of coccidioidomycosis. This state investment in UC research holds promise for advancing critical research and interventions to benefit California communities affected by Valley Fever.

After a competitive peer review process, two highly meritorious projects were selected for funding. To learn more about the awarded projects, please see the list of 2019 Valley Fever Research Awards below. 

UC Valley Fever Research Webinar

To stimulate discussion and collaboration across UC and statewide on Valley Fever research needs and promising future directions, we hosted a webinar on October 2, 2018. The webinar included speakers on the pathogen and its environment, the host response, clinical aspects of the disease and existing Valley Fever resources in the region.

Watch the entire webinar here: