UCL in the media
An editorial co-written by Dr Alex Crozier (UCL Biosciences) is discussed, in which he and his colleagues recommend testing Covid-19 patient samples in batches, known as ‘pooled testing’, to speed up the process and help the NHS.
Professor Julie Dockrell (UCL Institute of Education) and Dr Andrew Seal (UCL Institute for Global Health) join experts and call for the UK Government to recommit itself to investing in nutrition, as experts fear “Covid-19 is driving an under-reported surge in global hunger."
Joining critics of the proposed internal market bill, which would grant the UK override powers in relation to the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Professor Philippe Sands, QC (UCL Laws) said it would diminish "the United Kingdom’s reputation as a champion of the rule of law."
Eighty experts including Professor Karl Friston (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology), Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) and Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity) have criticised the herd immunity strategy for handling Covid-19 in a letter.
Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health) stresses how implementing a ‘circuit-break’ lockdown strategy would buy time, but “has to be used to create a test, trace and isolate system that is functioning and the [UK] government has to do that.”
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Dr Teresa Domenech (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) praises Apple’s removal of accessories from its products, adding it could "help to reduce waste but also would prevent upstream environmental impacts linked to the extraction of primary raw materials..."
Commenting on new research that found greener outdoor play areas can help improve children’s immune systems by exposing them to more diverse microbes, Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) describes it as “wonderful forward-looking work”.
A research team led by Dr Herve Borrion (UCL Security & Crime Science) has developed a new range of tools, based on “resilience theory”, that can help assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on patterns of criminal activity.
Academic freedom can be challenged when academics express positions out of line with accepted views on contentious topics, however useful social definitions are critical for purposes such as data gathering, says Professor Allison Sullivan (UCL Institute of Education).