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COVID-19 Research & Vacancies

UCL is leading two key UK Government funded COVID-19 studies aiming to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society: the COVID-19 Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing National Core Study & the CONVALESCENCE study on Long COVID.

In October 2020 Sir Patrick Vallance, UK Chief Scientific Adviser, announced the commencement of the National Core Studies (NCS) as part of the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the announcement six NCS have been established focussing on key areas in which the UK needed to rapidly increase research scale to respond to the near term strategic, policy and operational needsProfessor Nish Chaturvedi (Director, MRC LHA) was asked to lead the Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing NCS.  

The Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing NCS aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on long term health to inform the design of mitigating policies by bringing together information from existing studies, cohorts and electronic health records.  

Following completion of Phase 0 of the project (6 months, £6m) the study group are now embarking on Phase 1 (18 months, £10m) from 1 April 2021 with funding from the UKRI. UCL is the project lead with other partners including the universities of Oxford, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Swansea, Cambridge, King’s College London, the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Bradford Institute for Health Research.  

The £9.6 million UKRI-NIHR funded CONVALESCENCE (COroNaVirus post-Acute Long-term EffectS:  Constructing an evidENCE base) study (36 months from 1 March 2021) will use data from more than 60,000 people to help define what long COVID is and improve diagnosis. Longer-term effects of COVID-19 will be investigated with focuses on physical (cardiovascular, skeletal muscle and multi-organ systemic issues) and mental health consequences of infection. UCL leads the study which includes  many of the same partners as the Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing NCS as well as the University of York, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the University of West of England. 

 We have a number of new research and support positions for this exciting study.