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Health - Social Sciences - 25.03.2020
E-learning could train community health workers to help COVID-19 efforts
E-learning could train community health workers to help COVID-19 efforts
UK researchers say an emergency programme to train thousands of community health workers could help vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Writing in a comment piece today in The Lancet , they suggest a large-scale programme could train a workforce to help the estimated 1.5 million elderly and vulnerable people in the UK who may be in isolation for 12 weeks.

Transport - Social Sciences - 25.03.2020
Women 10% more likely than men to report feeling unsafe on city public transport
A worldwide study of 327,403 metro and bus passengers found that women are ten per cent more likely to feel unsafe than men on urban public transport.

Administration - Health - 25.03.2020
Oxford University launches world’s first COVID-19 government response tracker
The new tracker records and compares governmental measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.

Health - 25.03.2020
Analysis: Household cleaning products which are effective against coronavirus
Dr Lena Ciric (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) gives tips on which household products are best at killing Covid-19 coronavirus. COVID-19 has only been around for a few months, so at this point scientists don't know that much about it. But more is being learned every day. We now know, for example, it can live on surfaces for up to nine days and survives in the air for a few hours.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.03.2020
New global guidelines launched to reduce surgical site infection and antimicrobial resistance
New international surgical guidelines will help to save thousands of lives in Lowand Middle-income Countries (LMIC) countries by standardising and improving practice in surgery.

Health - 24.03.2020
Universities launch research project on UK attitudes to coronavirus pandemic
One of the first research projects aimed at gauging the UK public's attitude and responses to the coronavirus pandemic is being launched.

Social Sciences - 24.03.2020
Into psychological and social effects of Covid-19
UCL has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK. Researchers are aiming to recruit a large sample of adults living in the UK to help understand the effects of coronavirus and social distancing measures on individuals.

Pharmacology - Health - 24.03.2020
Intensive care units in England could run out of beds within two weeks
Intensive care units in England could run out of beds within two weeks
Intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy is likely to increase dramatically over the next few weeks, suggests research published by a team at the University of Cambridge.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2020
Scientists to help track UK spread of coronavirus
Welsh scientists are set to take a leading role in mapping the spread of coronavirus as part of a £20m project announced today by the UK's chief scientific adviser.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.03.2020
New funding to help understand how Covid-19 affects people
The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) is to play a key role in new COVID-19 scientific project, announced today (Monday 23 March).

Health - Pharmacology - 23.03.2020
First patients enrolled in new clinical trial of possible COVID-19 treatments | University of Oxford
Researchers from the have launched a new clinical trial to test the effects of potential drug treatments for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19. The first patients have now been recruited.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2020
UCL scientist joins major new alliance to map spread of coronavirus
Judith Breuer, Director of UCL Pathogen Genomics Unit (UCL-PGU), has today been announced as one of the UK scientists to be part of a major new genome sequencing consortium which will map the spread of Covid-19.

Health - 23.03.2020
New estimates of excess mortality from COVID-19 suggest stronger suppression measures needed
A mitigation strategy aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus could lead to at least 35,000-70,000 excess deaths over one year, find researchers from UCL, UCL NHS Trust, the University of Cambridge, and Health Data Research UK.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2020
University of Birmingham joins COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance to map spread of coronavirus
The Government and the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser have today (Monday 23 March) backed the UK's leading clinicians and scientists to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves using whole-genome sequencing.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2020
CVR named as part of £20m COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium
The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) is named today (Monday 23 March) as one of 13 key centres in a pan-UK alliance of scientists, working on COVID-19 whole genome sequencing.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2020
Cambridge to spearhead £20million alliance to map spread of COVID-19 coronavirus
Cambridge to spearhead £20million alliance to map spread of COVID-19 coronavirus
The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) announced today by the Government and the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser.

Health - Social Sciences - 21.03.2020
Most washing hands but only half social distancing following coronavirus advice
Most washing hands but only half social distancing following coronavirus advice
The vast majority of the UK public are washing their hands more regularly, but only half avoided crowded areas and social events over the past week.

Health - 20.03.2020
Opinion: What explains South Korea’s success at limiting Covid-19?
Writing for the Conversation, Dr Jung Won Sonn (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) points to the importance of surveillance, with infected individuals tracked and their movements flagged online for all to see.

Mechanical Engineering - Health - 20.03.2020
Oxford and King's developing prototype for rapidly deployable ventilator
Oxford and King’s developing prototype for rapidly deployable ventilator
An interdisciplinary team of engineers and medics is addressing ways to increase the UK's capacity for ventilator manufacture.

Politics - 19.03.2020
Opinion: The French are finally observing lockdown advice - but is it too late?
After initially ignoring the national lockdown, people are now heeding the president's guidance in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Professor Philippe Marliere (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society).

Materials Science - Physics - 19.03.2020
£1 million for nanotech: invisibility cloaks, smart tyres and supermarket tags
£1 million for nanotech: invisibility cloaks, smart tyres and supermarket tags
£1 million for nanotech: invisibility cloaks, smart tyres and supermarket tags Scientists at the University of Sussex have secured a major cash boost for their research into the real-world applications of nanomaterials.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.03.2020
Difficulty breathing and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease key predictors for severe COVID-19
Shortness of breath (dyspnoea) is the only symptom of COVID-19, which is significantly associated with severe cases of the disease and admission to intensive care units (ICU), according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis led by UCL.

Social Sciences - Career - 18.03.2020
Analysis: Remote working is the new normal for many, but it comes with hidden risks
PhD researcher Dave Cook (UCL Anthropology) provides insights from his new research to help newly remote workers manage the common hurdles during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Social Sciences - 17.03.2020
The freedom trap: How to manage remote working
Remote working requires high levels of time management and self-discipline and is not always experienced as a lifestyle of autonomy and freedom, according to a new UCL study. The longitudinal study, published in the journal suggests that remote workers often overlook the role of discipline when first starting out, and do not foresee how managing work-life balance can become problematic.

Health - Computer Science / Telecom - 17.03.2020
Infectious disease experts provide evidence for a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing
A team of medical research and bioethics experts at Oxford University are supporting several European governments to explore the feasibility of a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing.

Social Sciences - 17.03.2020
The freedom trap: How to survive remote working
Remote working requires high levels of time management and self-discipline and is not always experienced as a lifestyle of autonomy and freedom, according to a new UCL study. The longitudinal study, published in the journal suggests that remote workers often overlook the role of discipline when first starting out, and do not foresee how managing work-life balance can become problematic.

Health - 17.03.2020
Opinion: Stark new data made UK government’s U-turn on coronavirus inevitable
There is no one right way to curb a pandemic, but we must look at the data, argues Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine), as new modelling suggests the UK government's 'mitigation' or delay strategy is riskier than tougher 'suppression' or lockdown measures.

Pedagogy - 17.03.2020
Parents with traditional values are more likely to send their children to private school
Parents with higher levels of 'traditional' values are more likely to send their children to private school, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) research reveals.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 16.03.2020

Health - 16.03.2020
World’s first artificial pancreas app licensed for people with type 1 diabetes in UK
The world's first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes launches today, based on over a decade of research by Professor Roman Hovorka at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Innovation - 13.03.2020

Health - Pharmacology - 13.03.2020
Research team working towards vaccine against COVID-19
The race is on to find a vaccine against the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Professor Jonathan Heeney explains why a cautious approach is needed and how his team is using new technology developed for influenza and Ebola viruses to target the new infection. A vaccine strategy needs to be laser specific, targeting those domains of the virus's structure that are absolutely critical for docking with a cell, while avoiding the parts that could make things worse Jonathan Heeney It is hard now to conceive that two months ago, few people had heard of the new coronavirus.

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