Research

COVID-19 research

We are undertaking vital research into COVID-19 and offering expert advice to government and local healthcare partners.

In this unprecedented time, this challenge is bringing our researchers together from across disciplines, such as the immunologists, virologists and health professionals who are developing novel testing systems for COVID-19 antibody detection, which will help us better understand the pandemic and also help people back to work.

Find out more about our COVID-19 research efforts below.

Nottingham and Indonesia unite in battling COVID-19

Challenges facing Indonesian researchers

COVID-19 is a global challenge which requires global solutions. In the first event of its kind, UK and Indonesian policy makers, scientists, and funding agencies have discussed the roadmap to tackling COVID-19 with the aid of effective multi-disciplinary collaborations.

 

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New study aims to learn the lessons of homeschooling

Parents who have been homeschooling their children are being called on to share their experiences for a new study.

Researchers from the School of Medicine have launched an online survey to gain insight into parent’s experiences that can be used to formulate a blueprint for homeschooling in any future pandemics.

 

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Looking after the Wellbeing of the Workforce

Our researchers have launched a new study to investigate how people’s work and employment has changed because of COVID-19, and how this has affected their mental wellbeing.

The Wellbeing of the Workforce (WoW) study will also look at what might be helping people to cope with the current uncertainties around their jobs.

 

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New AI diagnostic can predict COVID-19 likelihood without a test

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence diagnostic that can predict whether someone is likely to have COVID-19 based on their symptoms. 

The AI model uses data from the COVID Symptom Study app, which in just six weeks has grown to over 3 million people reporting their health to help fight the epidemic.

 

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Study launched to show how diet has changed in lockdown

Volunteers from across the UK are needed to take part in the COVID-19 Dietary Study being carried out by the University's Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. 

The online study will provide valuable insight into how the UK's food situation has changed and could be used to inform future research and policy to help improve food supply and security during a pandemic.

 

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Research highlights key failings in COVID-19 preparations

New research finds key Government failings undermined NHS ability to cope with the crisis.

Experts from our Business School contributed to a literature review which focused on key organisational resilience research examining the ‘good, the bad and the ugly’ of preparedness in readiness and response to pandemics.

 

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Repurposing existing drugs a more rapid alternative to a vaccine for COVID-19

Dr Steve Alexander from the School of Life Sciences is one of the authors of a review arguing that a multi-pronged approach is needed to find new drugs. 

He cautions that an effective and scalable vaccine is likely to take over a year before it can used to tackle the global pandemic.

 

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Why does COVID-19 hit some harder than others?

A new study will examine why some people who contract COVID-19 have symptoms and others don’t, and will question why, out of those who become symptomatic, not all become seriously ill.

New research, led by our experts working with Nottingham University Hospitals, will look to answer a number of important questions around how COVID-19 affects different people. 

 

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Are we fighting a war against COVID-19?

Dr Ross Wilson, of the Faculty of Arts, shares his thoughts on the references to war in contemporary reporting of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He explores how the use of language to frame our expectations and identities can we seen as a political tool, but adds that wartime experience can be a useful guide into understanding how individuals and groups cope under pressure.

 

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Engineers produce certified 3D printed face shields for NHS

Our engineers have designed a PPE face shield with CE approval that they are 3D printing at scale for healthcare workers to use in the fight against COVID-19.

Using the latest in Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) technology and materials at the University’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing, and working with external collaborators, the team will deliver 5,000 of the face shields to Nottingham’s NHS and community healthcare workers.

 

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Our key role in developing a potential DNA vaccine against COVID-19

Our experts will contribute essential virology expertise to help develop a safe and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

We are assisting Scancell Holdings plc, a developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, to adapt its existing cancer vaccine platform for the development of a new vaccine.

 

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New ground-breaking study into COVID-19

Researchers at Nottingham University Hospitals and the University of Nottingham have started a new clinical research study to find ways to defeat COVID-19.

The new study, led by the University of Oxford, will investigate whether drug treatments originally developed for other conditions can also help treat patient with COVID-19. The trial started last week and has already recruited three patients in Nottingham to take part.

 

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Mapping the spread of COVID-19 

The University of Nottingham will be part of a £20m investment into a national consortium to sequence COVID-19.

The Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have backed the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists, including a team from Nottingham, to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.

 

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New study to explore the effect of social distancing

Researchers are looking for volunteers from across the globe to take part in a new study looking into how social distancing has affected their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The study aims to understand what motivates people to adhere to the practice of distancing and how it affects people’s social interactions and mood. 

 

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COVID-19 stress hormone study needs volunteers

Scientists are looking for volunteers to take part in a major new study to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the physical and emotional health of people in the UK.

The COVID-19 Stress and Health Study, is being carried out by experts at the University of Nottingham, King’s College London and with the support of the stress hormone testing company MyFertile. The survey is UK-wide and will explore the emotional and physical impact of COVID-19 on the health of our nation.

 

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The impact handwashing and glove wearing is having on the nation's skin

Our skin experts in the School of Medicine have been working to provide expert advice and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A team of experts in the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) at the University, have set up the Coronavirus Dermatology Resource aimed at dermatology health professionals and patients.

 

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Urgent need to support wellbeing of nurses and midwives during COVID-19

A new survey highlights the concerns nurses and midwives in the UK have about COVID-19 and the risks it poses to their physical and mental health, as well as the health of their families. 

The ICON study evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on the UK nursing and midwifery workforce. It is being undertaken at three time-points: prior to COVID-19 peak, during the COVID-19 peak, and in the recovery period following COVID-19.

 
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Supporting pharmacists with COVID-19 ethical decision-making framework

A new guidance framework has been launched to support pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians faced with making difficult decisions linked to the exceptional impact of COVID-19.

The guidance provides helpful reminders about the process of reasoned decision making, the national pandemic ethical framework and some considerations about specific areas of importance to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The varied experiences of the guidance contributors brings together a wide range of up to the moment professional issues that many may or will be facing.

 

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New online resource launched to protect mental health of healthcare workers

A free online resource has been launched to help those working in healthcare cope with the stress of dealing with Covid-19 and help maintain their psychological wellbeing during and after the pandemic.

The e-learning package has been put together by a health psychologist from the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Leicester. It is for any healthcare staff and students. It covers the possible impacts of the pandemic on mental health and practical measures that can be taken to combat them.

 

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New advice for delayed surgery patients during COVID-19

Physiology experts are urging people on surgical waiting lists to consider using high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to boost the fitness of their heart and lungs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team of scientists at the University of Nottingham say their new research proves the benefit of HIIT in patients having surgery for urological cancer – results that are also relevant to everyone trying to avoid or recover from COVID-19. In a paper published in a Nature journal, the researchers show how a group of older pre-surgical patients significantly benefitted from a cycling-based HIIT exercise programme in the month running up to their operations. The results suggest that this HIIT regime has the potential to reduce the chances of complications or death during and after surgery.

 

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COVID-19 eclipses Brexit uncertainty

Professor Paul Mizen, from the School of Economics, shares his research into how COVID-19 has eclipsed Brexit as the biggest worry for UK businesses.

His data shows that 81% of UK businesses reported that COVID-19 is currently one of the top three sources of uncertainty for their business. By comparison, firms reporting that Brexit was an important source of uncertainty for their business fell from 44% in February to 36% in March.

 

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Digital technology could help tackle youth mental health crisis

Professor Chris Hollis from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham is leading research into how digital technology can be used to help support young people with mental health problems, including those emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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COVID-19 and modern slavery: a research response

COVID-19 represents a large and sudden exogenous shock to the world. The pandemic itself and the measures being undertaken to slow its pace and effect have short, medium and long-term impacts on the problem of modern slavery.

One of our Beacons of Excellence, the Rights Lab, have formulated research approaches to understanding and responding to the effects of the pandemic on some of the world’s most vulnerable people. This represents an early-stage research agenda for anti-slavery responses to COVID-19, and a call for a coordinated, systematic and inter-disciplinary research effort.

 

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