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We have seen many other examples of researchers within our healthcare engineering community who have diverted their focus to tackling Covid-19.

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Dr Olga Perski on unexpected consequences of mask-wearing

Olga, co-chair of our Careers Delivery Group, wrote an article for The Conversation about how the public adoption of face masks could have unexpected behavioural consequences, like increased risk-taking. 

Professor Mervyn Singer & Professor Hugh Montgomery on 'Coronavirus: The Whole Story' podcast

Professor Mervyn Singer (Professor of Intensive Care Medicine) and Professor Hugh Montgomery (Director of the UCL Institute of Human Health and Performance) spoke with Vivienne Parry about what happens to patients on intensive care wards. Listen to the podcast. 

UCL Ventilator Design & Refine Sprint

On 19-20 March, we hosted an online design sprint which allowed scientists, engineers, clinicians and industry experts to collaborate to find solutions to the UK's ventilator shortage. This activity was in collaboration with the Department for International Development and Brink. Read how it happened.

Professor Martina Micheletti working to develop a potential vaccine

Martina (UCL Biochemical Engineering) is working with colleagues from the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford.

“One of the Vax Hub technologies we were working on was an adenovirus platform manufacturing process. This is now being uses as a basis for manufacturing a Covid-19 vaccine," Martina said.

Developing rapid tests and tracking systems for Covid-19

Professors Rachel McKendry (London Centre for Nanotechnology and i-sense) and Ingemar Cox (UCL Computer Science) are leading a team to develop rapid tests and tracking systems for Covid-19 alongside the World Health Organization, Public Health England and Africa CDC. Learn more.

Professor Judith Breuer advising the UK Government on viral genomics

Judith (Director, UCL Pathogen Genomics Unit) was announced as one of the leading UK scientists to be part of a major new genome sequencing consortium which will map the spread of coronavirus.

UCL releases clinical academics for frontline NHS duties

The university has said it will release all clinical academics from their university roles if they want to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. Professor David Lomas, Vice-Provost (Health), spoke to the Guardian about this decision.

How data can be used to track population during Covid-19 lockdown

Location data can show areas of high activity during a lockdown and pave the way for more targeted intervention measures in places people continue to visit, explains Professor James Cheshire (UCL Geography). Read the Guardian article.

Household cleaning products which are effective against coronavirus

Dr Lena Ciric (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) wrote in The Conversation about which cleaning products will kill SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Read her article.

She also did a video for BBC News about the most effective way to keep your mobile phone clean. 

UCL donates virus detecting machines to UK Government

In response to an urgent request by the UK Government, UCL has provided 16 sophisticated virus detecting machines, which will enable thousands more people to be tested for COVID-19. Read more. 

UCL researchers develop jaundice detection app

UCL research is developing a smartphone app that allows users to check for jaundice in newborn babies simply by taking a picture of the eye. The technology may be an effective, low-cost way to screen for the condition. Read more. 

UCL Computer Science students build FHIR operators for GOSH DRIVE and NHS 

More than 100 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources were built during the two-day hackathon. Read Dr Dean Mohamedally's blog.

Seismic imaging technology could deliver detailed brain images

Scientists at UCL and Imperial College London have developed a new computational technique that could lead to fast, finely detailed brain imaging with a compact device that uses only sound waves. Read more.

Bacteria killed by new light-activated coating

A new coating that activates in low-intensity light to kill bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers. Read more. 

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