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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UCL researchers lead £11m projects to investigate Long Covid
Professor Nishi Chaturvedi (MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing at UCL) and Professor Sir Terence Stephenson (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) are leading two new studies on Long Covid announced by the UK Government.

Professor Rebecca Shipley, left, and a member of the HPP team. Credit: Jude Palmer / Royal Academy of Engineering.
Team behind life-saving breathing aid win prestigious engineering award
UCL engineers and medics who developed a CPAP breathing aid now used in hospitals across the UK have received an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for exceptional services during a pandemic.

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New multidisciplinary study examines the impact and effectiveness of single-use masks in the UK
The UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub has carried out a multidisciplinary comparison between single-use and reusable masks and their impact on the choices of face masks in the event of future pandemics. 

A person wearing blue medical gloves examining a bat with a white swab
Are pandemics becoming more common?
As coronavirus spreads around the world, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity, Kate Jones has been educating about bats and the transmission of viruses between animals. Most recently, she's been warning people that "biodiversity loss can create landscapes that increase risky human-wildlife contact and increase the chances of certain viruses, bacteria and parasites spilling over into people."