A consortium of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Wits and Rhodes universities are investigating the effects of the lockdown on daily routine as it relates to lifestyle behavioural factors (sleep, physical activity, work, meal timing, screen time, etc) and associations with anxiety and depression.
How do individuals weigh up the options of different modes of transport? Do they value speed, accessibility, cleanliness, health, or cost when choosing how to get around? What choices are available and how might this change? Funded by a 2020 Research Development Fund grant, this new WUN Interdisciplinary Research Group brings the power of five key institutes to the challenges—and benefits—of promoting greater use of sustainable forms of mobility, with their associated outcomes for health and wellbeing. Click through for the full story.
National Cheng Kung University has built a full-size prototype of quarantine unit with negative-pressure ventilation.
“We are very proud to declare that we are the first in the world to have presented a readily deployable temporary quarantine hospital with innovation and human needs incorporated into the design,” remarked NCKU President Jenny Su.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical educators have continued to teach their students by adopting new methods in teaching and assessment. In an upcoming webinar organized by the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, teachers and students from Asia, Australia, and Europe will share their experiences in teaching/learning medicine through virtual means and discuss the readiness of students to be doctors during the pandemic.
Reflections on the issues and thoughts faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic at TEC.
University of Alberta researchers launched a joint effort with U.S.-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals to develop and test a vaccine against COVID-19. The researchers hope their unique delivery method for the vaccine—synthetic vaccinia and horsepox viruses—will prove more effective than others being tested around the world.
A matchbox-sized body sensor worn under the arm to monitor whether someone has a fever and then sends that data over long distances has won funding to conduct clinical trials. The temperature-reading biosensor called ‘Nightingale’ is designed to protect those most at risk from Covid-19 and avoid cluster outbreaks in places like rest homes.
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.