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COVID-19 research

A group of senior academic researchers at the University of Bristol have united to collaborate on finding ways to overcome COVID-19. The Bristol University COVID19 Emergency Research Group (UNCOVER) is supported by a large number of junior academic and administrative colleagues. Elizabeth Blackwell Institute supports UNCOVER group, which is led by Adam Finn and includes a number of researchers who have received grants from our COVID-19 funding call. Members of UNCOVER group include: Adam Finn, Andrew Davidson, Dave Matthews, Karen Luyt, Jonathan Sterne, Nic Timpson, Ellen Brooks Pollock, Leon Danon, Laura Rivino, Linda Wooldridge, Mick Bailey, Joe Roe, Dek Woolfson, Darryl Hill, Jonathan Reid and Imre Berger.

Adam Finn – Setting up quantitative realtime PCR testing for CoV2
Within the Bristol UNCOVER research group portfolio of COVID-19 research, Professor Finn and the team are establishing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that is being used by Public Health England (PHE) to test patients and NHS staff.

Imre Berger – ADDomer-COVID19 VLP vaccine to combat & defeat COVID19 outbreak
Professor Berger and team are using ADDomer, a novel rapid-response ultrastable synthetic virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine platform, to perform animal immunisation and virus neutralisation experiments using specially designed ADDomer-COVID19 candidate vaccines. The team plan to move towards a bona fide vaccine and into trials as soon as possible.

Nicholas Timpson – Children of the 90s Extraordinary COVID-19 questionnaire
The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) are uniquely placed to collect data on early cases and to make very important estimates of the true frequency of infections.

Sarah Sauchelli Toran – Digitalising diabetes support groups in response to COVID-19
This project assists Diabetes UK in making decisions on the type of support people with diabetes currently need and how it should be provided.

Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine


Andrew Davidson

Imaging platform for rapid antiviral and neutralising antibody assays against SARS-CoV-2

David Matthews
Nanodrop spectrophotometer for quality checking extracted RNA prior to sequencing

Laura Rivino
Hyperinflammation & immunity in COVID-19: establishing a robust & safe immunophenotyping methodology

James Spencer
In silico screening for approved drug repurposing for COVID-19 using the Bristol Univ Docking Engine (BUDE)

Darryl Hill
Understanding the immunomodulatory effects of BCG on subsequent exposure to SARS-CoV2 in human mucosal cells using air liquid interface models

Jonathan Reid
Is SARS-CoV-2 Airborne?

Faculty of Life Sciences
Bruce Hood
Remote nudging as a way to support mental well-being during social isolation

Stephan Lewandowsky
Social Licensing of Privacy- Encroaching Policies to Address COVID

Pete Cullen
Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 S interaction with Neuropilins, a novel gateway for infection?

Ian Collinson
Characterisation of the dynamic interaction of COVID19 spike protein with the human receptor ACE2

Dek Woolfson
Structure-function studies of the SARS-CoV-2 Envelope (E) Protein

Faculty of Health Sciences
Ellen Brooks-Pollock
Healthcare seeking behaviour & contact patterns re COVID-19 pandemic: informing predictive modelling

Hannah Christensen
Social contacts and mixing patterns under COVID19 social distancing measures

Harriet Fisher
Understanding the impact on, and experiences of, young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Katie Wong
The experiences of the UK Chinese during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative analysis

Linda Wooldridge
Identification of T-cell epitopes using a novel MHC-binding prediction tool for the generation of tools to study the T-cell response against SARS-CoV-2

Richard Huxtable
COVID-19 Clinical Ethics Support (CCES)

Ross Booton
Real-time Mathematical Modelling of COVID-19 in South West England

Fergus Hamilton
Diagnostic and Severity Markers of COVID-19 to Enable Rapid triage (DISCOVER) study

Emma Anderson
Covid-19: Helping pregnant women adhere to behavioural restriction

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

John Coggon
COVID-19: Explaining the Legal and Ethical Dimensions and Providing Professional and Public Guidance

Emma Williamson
The Impact of the Covid19 pandemic on domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in England

Lucy Wenham
Impacts on school students’ mental health, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Karen West
Virtual Compassionate Communities for Extraordinary Circumstances

Faculty of Arts, School of Arts
Juan Zhang
COVID : Building Community Resilience through Online Creativity among Bristol’s Vulnerable Youth

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