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Hospital News story: Patients from Asian and black backgrounds are more likely to die from COVID-19, large study reveals
22 January 2021

Patients of Asian and black backgrounds suffered disproportionate rates of premature death from COVID-19, according to a study of 1,737 patients by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Investigating COVID-19 in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communitiesInvestigating COVID-19 in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
21 January 2021

A new study led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, and funded by Barts Charity, seeks to understand why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are so badly affected by the COVID-19 virus and address the lower uptake of the vaccine by people in these groups.

Scientist processing samples in the Queen Mary COVID-19 testing lab News story: COVID-19 testing lab goes online at Queen Mary
14 January 2021

A new COVID-19 testing lab at Queen Mary University of London has started processing NHS Test and Trace samples from the UK population, to increase the country’s testing capacity.

Woman wearing a wristband. Credit: grinvalds/iStock.com Blog: Could a wristband or certificate allow you out of lockdown after a negative coronavirus test?
6 January 2021

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation exploring whether freedom passes based on negative test results could offer a way to avoid placing restrictions on everyone.

SARS-CoV-2 virus particle surrounded by antibodies. Credit: koto_feja/ iStock.com News story: Study finds evidence of lasting immunity after mild or asymptomatic Covid-19 infection
23 December 2020

New research involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London has found evidence of protective immunity in people up to four months after mild or asymptomatic Covid-19.

News story: Experts call for Europe-wide COVID-19 targets
18 December 2020

A group of more than 300 leading scientists across the globe are calling for European governments to work together in managing the pandemic and make a clear commitment to COVID-19 case number targets.

Many migrants work in the hospitality sector in Europe News story: Nine million immigrant workers at risk of unemployment in Europe, according to new analysis
17 December 2020

A new study from Queen Mary University of London and the European Commission has revealed that employment consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, and ensuing lockdowns, are potentially enormous and more severe for migrant workers in particular.

A snapshot of genetic code News story: Genes could be key to new Covid-19 treatments, study finds
14 December 2020

Potential treatments for Covid-19 have been identified after the discovery of five genes associated with the most severe form of the disease, in research involving Queen Mary academics.

The significance of home in the Covid-19 crisis has been far-reaching and profound. News story: Queen Mary academics awarded major grant to undertake research into impact of Covid-19
11 December 2020

Professors Alison Blunt and Alastair Owens from Queen Mary’s School of Geography have been awarded substantial funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on life at home. The grant is part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.

Professional Ballerina practicing at home during the pandemic. Credit: Kemal Yildirim/iStock.com News story: New project will explore use of digital technologies to support remote learning in performing arts
8 December 2020

A new research collaboration, led by Queen Mary University of London, will investigate how digital technologies could be used to support learning in performing arts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

News story: Queen Mary project will study COVID-19 and maternal health
3 December 2020

A new project, led by Queen Mary University of London and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, will study whether changes to maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected existing inequalities. The study is funded by The Health Foundation.

Professor Shafi Ahmed using smart glasses on his ward visits News story: Medical students taken on virtual ward visits
1 December 2020

Students at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, have been virtually transported into a surgical ward to follow their lecturer on his ward rounds.

Virus particles surrounding lungs. Credit: feellife/iStock.com News story: Queen Mary scientists receive donation from Emulate, Inc to support Covid-19 research
1 December 2020

Researchers from the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London will use miniaturised living systems with human cells, known as organ-chips, donated by Emulate, Inc to investigate how Covid-19 affects the lungs.

Traffic pollution News story: New study to determine if air pollution increases COVID-19 risk
30 November 2020

A new study has been launched to better understand the link between air pollution and increased risk of developing COVID-19.

News story: New poll reveals that nearly half of Londoners who worked from home during lockdown said it impacted negatively on their mental health
24 November 2020

Nearly half of Londoners (45 per cent) spent some time working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Out of those, 47 per cent said that it impacted negatively on their mental health, according to the latest survey from the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Coronavirus particles spread through tiny droplets of liquid floating through the air. Credit: fpm/iStock.com News story: Existing UV light technology has potential to reduce Covid-19 transmission indoors
19 November 2020

A recent study has shown that a UV light technology already used to prevent the spread of other airborne diseases in buildings has the potential to be effective against Covid-19.

Queen Mary and Barts Health team at the Vaccines Trials Centre at Bethnal Green Library News story: Queen Mary and Barts Health deliver Covid-19 vaccine trial in east London
16 November 2020

Londoners are today being urged to join a leading phase three Covid-19 vaccine study, as Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London administer a new trial from the Barts Health Vaccines Trials Centre at Bethnal Green Library.

News story: 'The UK needs a sustainable strategy for COVID-19'
9 November 2020

As the UK’s second lockdown gets underway, a group of 79 researchers, public health professionals, and healthcare workers are calling for a sustainable public health strategy for COVID-19.

News story: Queen Mary students make pioneering start to innovative blended learning model
23 October 2020

Students at Queen Mary University of London have made a strong start to the academic year, taking up the opportunities of blended learning and adapting to a Covid-secure campus.  While the Covid-19 pandemic has ensured that this years’ experience is unique, students across every part of Queen Mary are discovering a variety of new opportunities.

Professor Kavita Datta from Queen Mary’s School of Geography has been awarded substantial funding to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrant remittance flows and wellbeing. News story: Queen Mary academic awarded major Covid-19 funding grant
22 October 2020

Professor Kavita Datta from Queen Mary’s School of Geography has been awarded substantial funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrant remittance flows and wellbeing. The grant is part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19.

Patient on ventilator lying in hospital bed as medical professional moves his bed. Credit: xavierarnau/iStock.com News story: Scientists develop algorithm to help relieve pressure on the NHS
21 October 2020

New research suggests an algorithm could be used to help optimise the sharing of healthcare resources during the Covid-19 pandemic, preventing NHS intensive care units (ICU) from becoming overwhelmed.

Crowd wearing masks News story: New risk model estimates likelihood of death or hospitalisation from COVID-19
21 October 2020

A model that can calculate a person’s risk of becoming infected and then seriously ill due to COVID-19 has been shown to accurately estimate risk during the first wave of the pandemic in England, in new research involving Queen Mary University of London.

News story: Herd immunity in COVID-19 control is a ‘dangerous fallacy’, say authors of open letter
15 October 2020

A group of 80 researchers say that a so-called ‘herd immunity’ approach to managing COVID-19 by allowing immunity to develop in low-risk populations is “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence”.

Vitamin D News story: Clinical trial to investigate whether vitamin D protects against COVID-19
13 October 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, funded by Barts Charity, have launched a new clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D could protect people from COVID-19.

News story: Queen Mary joins alliance offering 20,500 extra COVID-19 tests a day
8 October 2020

London’s leading life science and academic institutions have united to respond in an unprecedented way to the coronavirus pandemic by ramping up diagnostic testing capacity for the UK.

Pandemics have a disproportionate effect on women (stock image) Blog: When women bear the brunt of lockdowns, is it feminist to support another?
30 September 2020

The UK lockdown in March saw rises in domestic violence, increased childcare and domestic burdens on women, limits on paid employment and potentially career reversals. Professor Sophie Harman from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations questions whether it is feminist to support another lockdown.

Medication world map News story: The impact of COVID-19 on access to Parkinson’s disease medication
22 September 2020

A global survey of health professionals, led by Queen Mary University of London, has shown that during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with Parkinson’s disease in large parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin and South America experienced difficulty in accessing their medication, which is likely to have led to deterioration of symptom control.

A stock image of someone receiving a vaccination. Public concern about vaccines is increasing. Blog: Why AstraZeneca and others racing to make a Covid-19 vaccine should be more open about the process
16 September 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which he argues that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a game changer and biopharma companies need to face up to a new reality.

Photograph of Queen Mary's Degree Apprentices and academics News story: Queen Mary students launch auction to counter impact of Covid-19 on charity sector
8 September 2020

Students undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship programme at Queen Mary University of London have launched a special auction to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the charity sector.

Stethoscope News story: COVID-19 data from GPs shows triple the number of suspected cases and twice the risk for ethnic minorities
8 September 2020

There were three times as many suspected COVID-19 cases presented to GPs during the peak of the pandemic than shown in official COVID-19 test results, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London.