Scientists at the University of Ghana have successfully sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic, obtaining important information about the genetic composition of viral strains in 15 of the confirmed cases in Ghana.
Oncologists from the Universities of Leeds, Birmingham and Oxford have launched the first cancer coronavirus registry in the world. It will track how cancer patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be impacted.
Medical specialists and data scientists will implement artificial intelligence in combating the coronavirus. Experts of the Maastricht UMC+ will participate in this research and focus on the development of a model to predict if a COVID-19 patient will need a respirator. The data of previous patients will be used in this process.
As researchers around the world race to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, three scientists at theUniversity of Rochester are rapidly adapting previous research to develop tests to detect the fast-spreading disease. These tests could not only help detect COVID-19 in individuals, but also improve understanding of the mechanism by which the disease damages human tissue. The result may lead to new treatments and vaccines.
Psychologists at the University of Sheffield have launched a study of the mental health and social impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic to understand how they affect the mental health and behaviour of UK citizens. They aim to measure impacts of the epidemic on people’s mental health, their attitudes towards others and their political views, and understand how these change as the epidemic progresses through the population, and how these changes are related to appropriate changes in health-related behaviour.
Southampton researchers are trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID19 in those most at risk.
By comparing the genetic data (or genomes) of COVID-19 samples that emerge in different parts of the world, scientists can determine the relationships between different strains of the virus and track the spread of disease outbreaks. Genome sequences can also be used to develop diagnostic tests and identify stable regions for vaccine design.
Researcher applies mathematical model to local data to understand pandemic and support other research. Reports of the pandemic situation in the Brazilian states and the Federal District, and methodology developed by a British entity to measure the rate of infection with the new coronavirus over time, are the main inputs of a UFMG study that proposes to monitor the evolution of Covid-19 in the Brazilian federative units.
Thirty-one patients with severe COVID-19 were enrolled in the randomized, controlled clinical trial of the drug remdisivir at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University and Memorial campuses, and showed that the drug can provide a significant reduction in recovery time for critically ill patients.
The Municipality of Bergen, the Institute of Public Health and the University of Bergen have together prepared a survey to gain knowledge of what the life of the inhabitants of Bergen Municipality is now. The survey will take approx. 10-15 minutes to answer and 80,000 adult residents of Bergen municipality are randomly drawn out and invited for voluntary participation.