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Health - Pharmacology - 10.07.2020
Helping track and reduce COVID-19 infections in Northeast Brazil
A combination of thermal drones, artificial intelligence and mathematical modelling is helping scientists track and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Northeast Brazil: one of a series of innovative coronavirus research initiatives being carried out by UCL and scientists in Brazil.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.07.2020
Cystic fibrosis drug trialled to fight inflammation caused by COVID-19
Patients with COVID-19 will be given the cystic fibrosis drug 'Dornase alfa' to determine if it can help improve survival by reducing excess inflammation in the lungs, as part of a trial co-led by UCL and the Francis Crick Institute.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.07.2020

Social Sciences - Pharmacology - 08.07.2020
New guidance launched to help people from Punjabi community with alcohol problems
New guidance on setting up a specialist project for people from the Punjabi community with alcohol problems has been published.

Pharmacology - 03.07.2020
Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs could be damaging the health of runners
Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as over-the-counter ibuprofen, are commonly used by runners to ease post-exercise aches, pains or injuries, but carry a risk of harm according to a new study into the use of the pain killers by recreational runners in the UK. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) block the production of inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins, which reduces pain and inflammation, however they also block protective prostaglandins in the stomach and prostaglandins that help maintain kidney function.

Pharmacology - Health - 29.06.2020
New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery
New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery
A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer require lifelong blood-thinning medication after valve replacement surgery. These impressive results show the PoliValve is a promising alternative for valve replacement surgery Geoff Moggridge The valve, called PoliValve, has been developed by scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.06.2020
Children at risk from falling UK vaccination rates, warn doctors
Children risk becoming 'unseen victims of the COVID-19 pandemic', with evidence suggesting they may be missing routine vaccinations, warn researchers.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.06.2020
Parliamentarians hear of 'high chance' of coronavirus vaccine
Parliamentarians hear of ’high chance’ of coronavirus vaccine
Two of Imperial's leading coronavirus experts gave evidence to the House of Lords about their research to tackle COVID-19 Professor Robin Shattock, who is developing a vaccine for COVID-19 and Profes

Health - Pharmacology - 23.06.2020
First volunteer receives Imperial COVID-19 vaccine
The first healthy volunteer has now received a candidate coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers. The clinical team, who delivered a small dose of the vaccine to the participant at a West London facility, are closely monitoring the participant and report they are in good health, with no safety concerns.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.06.2020
Missed eye appointments may increase sight loss post-lockdown
The COVID-19 lockdown is threatening the sight of thousands of elderly people across the UK as eye clinics have reported more than a 70% reduction in new referrals and a high rate of missed appointments, finds a new study co-led by UCL.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.06.2020
Tackling COVID-19: Professor Ravi Gupta
"This virus is probably going to be circulating for years - it will take a long time to sort out." In a building that has been largely empty for the past three months, Ravi Gupta has been working non-stop alongside other virus experts.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.06.2020
Liver perfusion could save 7 in 10 rejected donor livers
A major study investigating the effectiveness of liver perfusion as a technique to improve the function of donor livers that would have otherwise been rejected has shown that up to 7 in every 10 could be used after just 4-6 hours of the assessment. The study, ‘ Transplantation of discarded livers following viability testing with normothermic machine perfusion' , published today , could have significant implications for the liver transplant waiting list and the commissioning of local transplant services.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.06.2020
Imperial to begin first human trials of new COVID-19 vaccine
Imperial to begin first human trials of new COVID-19 vaccine
Clinical researchers are this week set to begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.06.2020
Understanding the link between Covid-19 and cardiovascular diseases  
Scientists at UCL will lead two 'flagship' studies, announced by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which will investigate the link between Covid-19 and heart disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.06.2020
CATALYST trial: Oxford leads part of major COVID-19 drugs trial
As part of the UK NIHR multi-arm, multi-stage CATALYST Trial, researchers at the University of Oxford will investigate whether administering the anti-inflammatory drug infliximab to patients with COVID-19 can prevent progression to respiratory failure or death.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.06.2020
First drugs announced in major COVID-19 drugs trial
Two UK drugs companies will be the first to partner with the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford as part of a major new UK drugs trial to test potential therapeutics to treat patients hospitalised with COVID-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.06.2020
Clean cold experts explore how people in Africa can access COVID-19 vaccine
Scientists are launching a key study to help African nations prepare for the sustainable distribution of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.06.2020
No clinical benefit from use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19
A new statement has been released from the Chief Investigators of the Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) Trial on hydroxychloroquine. Professor Peter Horby and Professor Martin Landray, chief investigators of the RECOVERY Trial, said 'In March this year, RECOVERY was established as a randomised clinical trial to test a range of potential drugs for COVID-19, including hydroxycholoroquine.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.05.2020
Immunotherapy for bowel cancer could change clinical practice
A large international trial involving UCL and UCLH has found that pembrolizumab, a form of immunotherapy, more than doubled the 'progression free survival' time of patients with a specific subtype of advanced bowel cancer, when compared with chemotherapy. 'Progression free survival' is the length of time during and after the treatment of a disease, such as cancer, that a patient lives with the disease but it does not get worse.

Health - Pharmacology - 27.05.2020
Two UCL academics among WEF Young Scientists
Dr Mine Orlu (UCL School of Pharmacy) and Dr Joe Grove (UCL Institute of Immunity & Transplantation) have been named to the World Economic Forum's Class of 2020 Young Scientists, a global list of exceptional researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.05.2020
Wales to play major role in national trial for COVID-19 vaccine
A leading university in the heart of a thriving capital city Over 95 % of our undergraduates enter employment or further study shortly after graduating (HESA 2016/17) Top 5 UK University for research

Health - Pharmacology - 22.05.2020
Researchers set to begin new phase of COVID-19 vaccine trials
The study will involve healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55 with up to 500 participants to be recruited in Bristol and this phase of the trial will assess how well the vaccine works to prevent people from becoming infected with COVID-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.05.2020
Advanced respirators help surgeons treat coronavirus patients
Advanced respirators help surgeons treat coronavirus patients
A team of Imperial chemical engineers have sourced and developed respirator equipment to protect surgeons while they operate on coronavirus patients. The reusable personal protective equipment, known as powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), is a personal respirator that filters the air, to remove hazardous fine particles, such as those from COVID-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 20.05.2020
National trial launched to test re-purposing existing drugs to treat COVID-19 patients
National trial launched to test re-purposing existing drugs to treat COVID-19 patients
A new trial to prevent organ failure and death in COVID-19 patients has been launched led by clinicians and scientists in Cambridge and London.

Health - Pharmacology - 20.05.2020
COVID-19 Response Fund: new projects advance the fight against coronavirus
New research projects focused on tackling the global pandemic have received funding from Imperial's donor-backed COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund was launched in March to provide rapid and flexible support to projects with the potential to make a major impact in the fight against COVID-19, as well as support the welfare of staff and students working on the frontlines of the crisis in hospitals.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.05.2020
Rolling 50/30 day cycle of lockdown and relaxation could be a useful option for managing COVID-19, model suggests
Rolling 50/30 day cycle of lockdown and relaxation could be a useful option for managing COVID-19, model suggests
An alternating cycle of 50 days of strict lockdown followed by 30 days of easing could be an effective strategy for reducing the number of COVID-19-related deaths and admissions to intensive care units, say an international team of researchers.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.05.2020
Global trial in healthcare workers tests if malaria drug can prevent COVID-19
Up to 30,000 healthcare workers from across the globe will be recruited to participate in a clinical trial co-led by UCL, which aims to establish whether chloroquine, a widely prescribed anti-malaria drug, could also prevent people from getting COVID-19.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 14.05.2020
Sussex chemists join international effort to source small molecule drug in the fight against COVID-19
Sussex chemists join international effort to source small molecule drug in the fight against COVID-19
University of Sussex researchers have joined an international team of volunteer chemists aiming to deliver a drug candidate effective against COVID-19.

Pharmacology - Health - 14.05.2020
Analysis: How we’re preparing to make enough vaccine for the whole world
In a piece for The Conversation, Dr Qasim Rafiq and Professor Martina Micheletti (UCL Biochemical Engineering) describe the challenges of quickly ramping up production of a coronavirus vaccine.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.05.2020
COVID-19 Response Fund: Cutting-edge technologies advance coronavirus fight
COVID-19 Response Fund: Cutting-edge technologies advance coronavirus fight
Researchers are driving forward the fight against coronavirus with new healthcare innovations and data insights. Research projects funded by Imperial's donor-backed COVID-19 Response Fund include those advancing new technologies and using cutting edge data science to find ways for health services worldwide to respond to the crisis.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.05.2020
Opinion: Coronavirus vaccine search - how we’re preparing to make enough for the whole world
Associate Professor Qasim Rafiq and Professor Martina Micheletti (UCL Biochemical Engineering) comment on the challenges involved in the manufacturing process as the world races to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.05.2020
Compression stockings unnecessary following surgery
The risk of blood clots following surgery is the same whether patients wear compression stockings or not, a new trial has found.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.05.2020
Major COVID-19 drugs trial begins in Birmingham
A trial which will rapidly test new therapies for patients hospitalised due to COVID-19 is opening in Birmingham this week. It is hoped that by using drugs that target the most serious symptoms of the virus, the severity of the disease could be reduced leading to a reduction in the number of patients needing to be admitted to intensive care and ultimately, a reduction in virus related deaths.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.05.2020
Cardiff leads way on lung ultrasound for management of Covid-19
A Cardiff University-led review is being used globally to inform pioneering use of lung ultrasound to help in the management of patients with Covid-19.

Pharmacology - Pedagogy - 13.05.2020
Cardiff’s Spot-a-bee creates UK buzz
Citizen scientists across the UK are being urged to map bee-friendly plants using a Spot-a-Bee app developed in Wales and Scotland.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.05.2020
COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK homes and communities
A UK trial of drugs which could prevent people aged over 50 who are vulnerable to developing serious coronavirus symptoms is now recruiting participants from across the country.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.05.2020
Researchers launch race to develop sustainable COVID-19 vaccine delivery
Scientists are launching a major new research project in India that will help to engineer an efficient and sustainable delivery mechanism - ready to get an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to billions of people around the globe. Researchers racing to develop, test and manufacture an effective coronavirus vaccine will also need to distribute the drug globally, but universal vaccine access is already a major challenge, particularly in low-income countries across the global South - partly due to the lack of robust cold-chains.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.05.2020
Repurposing existing drugs for COVID-19 a more rapid alternative to a vaccine, say researchers
Repurposing existing drugs for COVID-19 a more rapid alternative to a vaccine, say researchers
Repurposing existing medicines focused on known drug targets is likely to offer a more rapid hope of tackling COVID-19 than developing and manufacturing a vaccine, argue an international team of scientists in the British Journal of Pharmacology .

Health - Pharmacology - 06.05.2020
Scottish Universities receive funding to find COVID-19 treatments
The Universities of Glasgow and Dundee have been awarded £225,000 to rapidly screen for potential COVID-19 treatments.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.05.2020
COVID-19 pandemic could significantly increase HIV, TB and malaria cases
Some regions may see deaths related to HIV, TB and malaria increase by up to 10, 20 and 36% respectively over five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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