UCL Population Health Sciences



The 'Coronavirus: The Whole Story' podcast highlights UCL's interdisciplinary expertise on COVID-19 – focusing on its management, mitigation, eventual halt, and preparing for a post-coronavirus world.

Presented by writer, broadcaster and UCL alumna Vivienne Parry, each episode looks at the coronavirus outbreak through different lenses, covering history, psychology, social sciences, arts, engineering, economics, law, and politics. Here we highlight podcasts featuring UCL Population Health Sciences experts. 

Featured: What can we learn from the history of pandemics?

What does the black death, HIV, and COVID-19 have in common?

UCL Population Health Sciences Dean, Professor Graham Hart and Professor Dame Anne Johnson (Institute for Global Health), along with Dr John Sabapathy (UCL History), discuss the history of pandemics, and what the black death, HIV and COVID-19 have in common.

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Episode 2: How can we track the virus?

Do we understand the spread of the virus?

Listen to UCL Population Health Sciences experts, Professor Andrew Hayward, Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and Dr Eleni Nastouli, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Child Health and Clinical Lead of the Department of Clinical Virology at UCLH.

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Episode 5: How is it affecting our mental health?

How do we cope and protect ourselves and our communities?

This episode explores the impact of coronavirus on people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. Hear from UCL Population Health Sciences experts, Dr Daisy Fancourt and Dr Rochelle Burgess as they talk about how it affects us in lockdown, front line staff, bereaved families, the vulnerable, and the many factors that impact various groups.

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Episode 7: How close are we to finding a cure?

This episode, exploring how we tackle and track the virus, features UCL Population Health Sciences expert, Professor Judith Breuer.

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Episode 9: How has the pandemic highlighted BAME inequalities?

Ethnicity, inequality, socio-economic issues

This episode addresses the recent report on disparities in the risks and outcomes of Covid-19 and discussing other issues of inequality during the pandemic. Hear from UCL Population Health Sciences experts, Dr Rob Aldridge (Institute of Health Informatics), Professor Nishi Chaturvedi (Institute of Cardiovascular Science) and Dr Delanjathan Devakumar (Institute for Global Health).

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Episode 12: How can behavioural science help us combat the virus? 

Why should we listen to behavioural scientists?

In this episode behavioural scientist and SAGE (and SAGE independent advisors) Professor Robert West (Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) and Professor Susan Michie (UCL Brain Sciences) explore the role that behavioural science plays in controlling the spread of COVID-19. 

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Episode 13: How will our children recover from lockdown?

As the coronavirus pandemic in the UK approaches its sixth month, episode 13 takes a look at the long-term impact of lockdown and subsequent school closures on our nation’s children and young people. Special guests include Dr Lee Hudson (Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and colleagues from the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education.

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Episode 17: What's happening to healthcare during the pandemic?

In episode 17, we explore the impact on patients who haven't caught the virus, but who are sick with something else instead. Find out what's causing more people to die in the UK this year other than coronavirus, how cancer diagnosis and treatments are being managed, and how some neurologists are looking after patients online. Special guests include Dr Amitava Banerjee (Clinical Senior Lecturer Honorary Consultant in Cardiology) at the Institute of Health Informatics. 

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Episode 26: Will a second lockdown save the Christmas break?

This episode was recorded before the UK Government’s announcement about a second national lockdown.

Infection rates are rising rapidly and there is little evidence to prove regional lockdowns have had an impact on driving cases down. We speak to UCL experts from the Institute for Global Health, The Bartlett School of Planning and the UCL Department of Geography to explore the raging row about lockdowns, the rationale behind them and whether or not a second national lockdown could have been avoided.

With special guests:

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Episode 28: How is the pandemic affecting women?

Episode 28 is the first in a two-part special about how Coronavirus is affecting women. We're joined by Dr Daisy Fancourt to hear more about the findings of her study exploring the differing impacts of Covid on the UK population over the past 33 weeks – from exacerbated social inequalities to the psychological implications of lockdown, including loneliness, isolation, domestic abuse, and fertility and family planning issues – as well as behaviours that can help improve mental health. We're also joined by Dr Tamjid Mujtaba to discuss her work exploring how ethnic minority women in higher education are coping during the pandemic.

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Episode 29: How is the pandemic affecting pregnancies and new parents?

Episode 29 is the second in a two-part special about how Coronavirus is affecting women.  We speak to three researchers who have spent lockdown investigating how coronavirus has affected fertility, pregnancy and parenting. Our UCL experts include:

  • Dr Zeynep Gurtin, Lecturer in Women’s Health at the Institute for Women’s Health
  • Dr Jenny Hall, Clinical Associate Professor and NIHR Advanced fellow at the UCL Institute for Women’s Health
  • Prof Mary Fewtrell, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

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