UCL in the media
Professor Sir Jonathon Montgomery (UCL Laws) praises the launch of Health Records, which allows UK iPhone users to access their patient information and adds, “Patients retain control over their own health information at all times.”
Dr Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) explains how the chemical agent Novichok used in Alexiei Navalny’s poisoning was “kept very quiet by the Russians and developed to try and gain advantage against the more conventional things they knew Western governments had.”
86% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 during lockdown did not have virus symptoms (cough, and/or fever, and/or loss of taste/smell), finds a study by Professor Irene Petersen (UCL Epidemiology & Health Care).
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Dr Chandni Hindocha (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit) casts doubt on the success of face masks infused with particles of CBD, stating more research is needed to be certain whether these masks actually calm the wearer or just have a placebo effect.
Over a quarter (27%) of people in England have said that they have ‘no confidence at all’ in the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, up from just 6% at the start of lockdown, finds Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health) as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.
Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Biosciences) adds to a discussion on ‘long covid’ and explains that some patients may have suffered from a decrease in aerobic capacity due to their getting less exercise while being sick, in addition to suffering lung damage from Covid-19.
Professor Francis Green (UCL Institute of Education) says how law firms have failed to build a more diverse profession, and they must “come up with concrete policies, such as contextualised recruitment, so that talented people from poorer backgrounds are much better represented."
Following the ‘golfgate’ scandal where Irish Supreme Court judges disobeyed social distancing rules, Professor Ronan McCrea (UCL Laws) states his expectation that Mr Justice Woulfe would receive a reprimand, but if the issue were to continue, he might feel pressured to resign.
Up to 10,000 COVID-19 tests a day will be carried out by UCL in partnership with Health Services Laboratories; the initiative will significantly boost the UK’s community testing capacity and continues our efforts in support of the national pandemic response.
In response to Dominic Cummings’ plan to create a UK science funding agency, Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose) says this could fill in the gaps in the UK’s research funding for science and technology, but would need planning.