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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.

A stock photograph of a woman working in tech News story: Students show resilience when it comes to advancing inclusion and equality in tech
3 September 2020

Students from Queen Mary University of London have taken part in a ground-breaking programme to advance inclusion and equality in tech.

Stock image of a doctor filling an injection syringe with a vaccine Blog: Coronavirus: how countries aim to get the vaccine first by cutting opaque supply deals
28 July 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which he addresses some of the wider issues related to Covid-19 including vaccine nationalism and the lack of transparency in supply chain deals.

The Palace of Westminster News story: Collective action is needed for threats such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Queen Mary Professor warns Parliament
22 July 2020

Professor Sophie Harman from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Politics and International Relations has given evidence to the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee on the funding and governance of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Queen Mary staff and student volunteers at a care home News story: Rapid PCR testing for COVID-19 being trialled in London care homes
22 July 2020

In a UK-first, Queen Mary University of London is leading a clinical trial of a new rapid COVID-19 testing system that delivers results in under an hour. Working with the East London Health and Care Partnership, up to 2,000 staff and residents in 50 care homes are being recruited to see how effective rapid daily COVID-19 testing is at reducing rates of infection, hospitalisation and deaths.

A tourist opening their wallet News story: Infectious diseases magnify tourists’ sensitivity to higher prices, according to new study
17 July 2020

A new study from Queen Mary University of London has shown that tourists tend to be more easily irritated by higher prices paid under the threat of infectious diseases.

A child girl paints a rainbow on a window during the quarantine for the coronavirus pandemic. News story: Queen Mary researchers win Covid-19 funding award from the British Academy
17 July 2020

A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded a grant from the British Academy to conduct research into children’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A girl wearing a face mask News story: New report sheds light on the impact of Covid-19 on gender and sustainability
8 July 2020

An academic from Queen Mary University of London has contributed to a major report from the United Nations which explores the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on gender equality.

Yarinacocha, Ucayali. Credit: Doreen Montag Blog: Call for access to oxygen and medicines to help combat COVID-19 in the Amazon
7 July 2020

Dr Doreen Montag is Lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary University of London, and has almost 20 years of experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. In this article, originally published in Spanish on Lamula, she discusses the immense challenges faced by indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

People practicing social distancing in Nigeria News story: Covid-19 lockdowns could lead to social unrest, according to new research
3 July 2020

An academic from Queen Mary University of London has published a research paper which explores the impact of lockdowns in response to Covid-19 in Africa.

Nurse holds swab for coronavirus test. Credit: sonreir es gratis/iStock.com Blog: Coronavirus: Queen Mary study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated
25 June 2020

Queen Mary researchers Professor Norman Fenton, Professor Martin Neil and Dr Scott Mclachlan from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr Magda Osman, from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, co-wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation on over-confidence in the reporting of Covid-19 statistics. 

A person checking stock market data on a smartphone News story: Financial inclusion can help curb detrimental effects of inequality, according to new study
23 June 2020

An academic from Queen Mary University of London has published a research paper which shows that financial inclusion could be a tool to curb the rise in poverty in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hospital News story: Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained
19 June 2020

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioral factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.

Hospital News story: First drug found to reduce mortality in hospitalised COVID-19 patients
17 June 2020

The steroid dexamethasone has been identified as the first drug to improve survival rates in certain coronavirus patients, according to a study carried out by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, as part of a nationwide NIHR-funded clinical trial.

Image depicting the world in lockdown as a result of Covid-19 Blog: Coronavirus destroys jobs and worsens inequality, with or without full lockdown
9 June 2020

Dr Tim Lee, Reader in Economics in Queen Mary's School of Economics and Finance, has written an opinion piece for The Conversation. He explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global economies and the implications this has for inequalities.

Pandemics have a disproportionate effect on women (stock image) News story: New data reveals “crisis of support” for BAME women
8 June 2020

An academic from Queen Mary University of London has contributed to new polling analysis which reveals the pressure on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women during the coronavirus lockdown. 

A duck next to a river News story: Queen Mary academic receives funding award to tackle environmental challenges caused by Covid-19
5 June 2020

Queen Mary University of London is one of five universities to receive funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to address and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the environment and society.

Neurons News story: New antibody technology for monitoring MS patients may have potential in COVID-19 testing
4 June 2020

A new study led by Queen Mary University of London has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a novel light technology to monitor the presence of anti-drug antibodies in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), which can lead to drug resistance and treatment failure.

A stock market screen depicting the impact of Covid-19 News story: How Covid-19 affected the G7 stock markets
4 June 2020

A research paper co-authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London sheds new light on how the current Covid-19 pandemic has affected the stock markets of G7 countries.

Blood sample News story: Impact of COVID-19 infection in blood cancer patients
2 June 2020

One of the first studies to investigate the outcome of COVID-19 infection in patients with blood cancer has been conducted by clinical researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

People more likely to accept nudges if they know how they work and how effective they are.Credit yganko/iStock.com News story: People more likely to accept nudges if they know how they work and how effective they are
1 June 2020

The more people know about when and why behavioural interventions are being used and their effectiveness, the more likely they are to accept their use to change their behaviour, according to recent research from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford.

A group of migrants travelling Blog: Mobility in immobility: Latin American migrants trapped amid COVID-19
27 May 2020

In an opinion piece for Open Democracy Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza from Queen Mary's School of Geography argues that states urgently need to rethink their individual responses to COVID-19 and coordinate a collective approach to include and protect all people living in their territories.

Fourth year dentistry student Tallulah Hall Blog: A change of scenery for a Dentistry student
22 May 2020

Tallulah Hall is a fourth year Dentistry BDS student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. In this blog, she talks about her experience volunteering at her local hospital to help on COVID-19 wards, getting to know the patients, and learning from her inspiring colleagues.