Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic still holding the world in its grip, identifying how our immune system responds to the virus is critical to understanding the unknowns surrounding COVID-19. The human immune system is extremely complex but understanding of how it reacts during and after infection with SARS-CoV-2 is critical to our ability to control the … Continue reading “Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?”

New online research database will boost battle against COVID-19

Researchers around the world can tap into a new inter-disciplinary online database of COVID-19 research – www.covidcorpus.org – allowing them to search for new partners, resources and funding to boost the global battle against the virus. Launched today, the international open-access database for ongoing research activity COVID CORPUS aims to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication between researchers … Continue reading “New online research database will boost battle against COVID-19”

‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery – global study

Setting up ‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas for surgical patients could save lives during the second wave of the pandemic – reducing the risk of death from lung infections associated with coronavirus, a new global study reveals. Researchers working together in Brazil and beyond found that that patients who had their operation and hospital care in … Continue reading “‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery – global study”

Vitamin D deficiency shown to increase the risk of COVID in healthcare workers

Healthcare workers who self-isolated after developing symptoms of COVID-19 were more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency, with workers from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds particularly affected, say experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The study, an extension of previous work to establish convalescent immunity in NHS staff at University Hospitals Birmingham, … Continue reading “Vitamin D deficiency shown to increase the risk of COVID in healthcare workers”

UK leads Europe in clinical trials, but strategy needed to restart non-COVID research

The UK has been leading the rest of Europe in early-stage clinical research according to new data published by our partner the ABPI in its second annual report on the state of clinical trials in the UK. However, as a result of many trials being paused earlier this year due to COVID, this position is precarious … Continue reading “UK leads Europe in clinical trials, but strategy needed to restart non-COVID research”