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People with autism and their carers have been amongst the worst affected groups in the global Covid-19 pandemic. News story: Building resilience among people with autism
30 March 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are collaborating with a range of stakeholders, including theatre companies and healthcare workers, to support people with autism through a unique project, Heartbeat – Creating Recovery.

A doctor wearing a protective face mask News story: Unique research programme investigates how arts-based methods can support the NHS staff during Covid-19
25 March 2021

The project will support those working in health to meet the challenges of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and adapting to digital consultations and meetings.

The significance of home in the Covid-19 crisis has been far-reaching and profound. News story: New podcast offers an insight into real life experiences at home during lockdown
23 March 2021

Stay Home Stories, a project led by academics from Queen Mary University of London, has launched its first podcast of people’s experiences of home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Queen Mary launched its Arts and Culture strategy in November 2017 with the aim of developing the University as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within higher education. News story: Arts and Culture Queen Mary launches its Conversations Week
17 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London is set to hold a week-long celebration of the art of conversation which will run from 9 to 16 April.

Research has shown that the public support taking action on climate change News story: Democracy under threat as climate emergency deepens, according to Mile End Institute panel
11 March 2021

The Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London has hosted a webinar on democracy and climate change. Panellists included Hilary Benn, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Caroline Lucas MP, former leader of the Green Party.

News story: Schools reopening without robust COVID-19 mitigation risks accelerating the pandemic
10 March 2021

A group of academics have set out a series of recommendations for schools to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission now that they have re-opened, in a letter published in The Lancet.

Heart News story: Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19
9 March 2021

People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton).

Image showing male figurines and stethoscope News story: Significant gender disparities revealed in COVID-19 clinical trial leadership
5 March 2021

Less than one-third of COVID-19 clinical trials are led by women, which is half the proportion observed in non-COVID-19 trials, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London, University of St Andrews, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

COVID-19 vaccine News story: Single dose of vaccine acts as ‘booster’ in those with prior COVID-19 infection
26 February 2021

People who have previously had COVID-19 have an enhanced antibody response with a single dose of RNA vaccine, according to a study of 51 UK healthcare workers, around half of whom had a previous laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

People form a purple ribbon to raise awareness for domestic violence News story: Researchers to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic abuse referrals in primary care
25 February 2021

A new study involving researchers from Queen Mary University of London will explore whether and how GP referrals to domestic abuse services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman holding her smartphone checking a contact tracing app. Credit:mphillips007/iStock.com News story: New tool reveals security and privacy issues with contact tracing apps
25 February 2021

Researchers have developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps.

Pandemics have a disproportionate effect on women (stock image) News story: Government report draws on evidence from Queen Mary
10 February 2021

Evidence from Queen Mary has been cited in a new government report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Indian migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic News story: New research project set to explore the role of civil society in supporting migrant populations during the Covid-19 pandemic
4 February 2021

Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded funding from the University’s Strategic Research Priorities Fund to undertake a cross-regional study exploring the role of civil society organisations supporting vulnerable migrant populations in Brazil and India in the context of Covid-19.

News story: More symptoms need to be included in UK case definition of COVID-19
1 February 2021

Runny nose (coryza) and other indicative symptoms should be added as possible signs of COVID-19 infection, so that more people can access NHS covid tests, according to a Queen Mary academic writing in The BMJ, in an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer, supported by 140 east London general practitioners and health care professionals.

Takumã Kuikuro is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker News story: Queen Mary research featured as an impact case study by UK Research and Innovation
1 February 2021

Research from Queen Mary University of London’s People’s Palace Projects has been selected as a case study by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to showcase the impact of its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

A stock market screen depicting the impact of Covid-19 News story: New study suggests that the financial impact of Covid-19 is comparable to the Wall Street Crash of 1929
27 January 2021

A study co-authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London has shed new light on the true magnitude of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on financial markets.

Black woman travelling by bus wearing protective face mask. Credit: Drazen Zigic/ iStock.com News story: Commuting patterns could explain higher incidence of Covid-19 in Black Americans
27 January 2021

The disproportionately high Covid-19 infection rates observed in Black Americans could be linked to their daily commuting patterns, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

STORM CHASER logo News story: Queen Mary researchers to trial drug to protect against COVID-19 exposure
26 January 2021

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust are looking for clinical trial participants who have recently (within 8 days) been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Illustration of a group of people being tracked for digital contact tracing. Credit: smartboy10/iStock.com News story: Study provides first real-world evidence of Covid-19 contact tracing app effectiveness
26 January 2021

An international research collaboration, involving scientists from the UK, US and Spain, has shed new light on the usefulness of digital contact tracing (DCT) to control the spread of Covid-19.

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.