Covid-19 Research


Our research and expertise

UCL researchers are working across disciplines, to help find a cure, improve diagnosis, and advise Government in the UK and globally.

Covid-19 experts
A key strength of the UCL community is its ability to work together across disciplines and with colleagues, partners and industry to help address the biggest challenges facing the world today. 

UCL researchers are working in the vanguard of helping to find a cure, to improving diagnosis and are advising Government here in the UK and globally. In addition, they are helping to inform public knowledge by providing expert comment on issues as varied as predictions on virus spread, panic buying and stockpiling broadband provision, and the economic and political impact of the pandemic.

Others at UCL are working on monitoring people who have been tested, predicting the outbreak’s future, and developing digital platforms for community-based care.

Through UCL's Media Relations team, we feature the work of UCL colleagues who are providing critical advice and expert comment to world leaders and the public on COVID-19 and its impact through numerous appearances on TV, radio, print and online news sources.

Check our highlights below and for more, go to Spotlight


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New study into Covid-19 transmission and immunity launched
UCL has launched Virus Watch, inviting 42,500 people to take part in one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of Covid-19 in the UK to study the next phase of the pandemic.
23 June 2020

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UCL launches COVID-19 Research collection on ScienceOpen
UCL has launched a new collection of COVID-19 research on ScienceOpen.com. This collection is publicly available and lists all UCL contributed published content related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
12 June 2020

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UCL healthcare workers invited to take part in Covid-19 vaccine trial
UCL staff who have a healthcare role – for example as a member of staff at one of our partner hospitals – are invited to take part in a UCLH trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed at the University of Oxford.
29 May 2020

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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.
14 May 2020

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Breathing aids developed by UCL, UCLH and Formula One delivered to nearly 50 NHS hospitals
CPAP devices were used extensively in China and Italy to help Covid-19 patients breathe more easily, but the devices were in short supply in UK hospitals, so engineers at UCL and Mercedes-AMG HPP worked round-the-clock to reverse engineer a device that could be manufactured rapidly by the thousands. NHS staff can request the devices for their hospitals at no cost.
8 May 2020

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Covid-19: Leading UCL academics named on SAGE
A number of leading UCL academics have been named as scientific advisors on the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its related sub-groups.
5 May 2020


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Covid-19: UCL’s medical students join frontline NHS as doctors
More than 300 of UCL’s medical students were fast-tracked through graduation, ready to be made frontline NHS doctors, as part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
1 April 2020