News round-up: COVID-19 and the University of Liverpool

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Scientist in the HFIM laboratory

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Liverpool and its partners have been conducting medical and social research which is shaping global understanding of the virus and how we respond to it. We have collected the highlights of this news and research from the past few months, which demonstrate the pioneering work of our University.

Emergency response

Medical research

  • In a study based in UK hospitals, researchers at the University have led the first nationwide surveillance study of the neurological complications that may be linked to the disease, including stroke and an altered mental state such as brain inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms.
  • Dr Clarissa Giebel is leading a two-part study which aims to understand the immediate and long-term effects of social service closures on the wellbeing of older people, people living with dementia, and unpaid carers.
  • A collective of University researchers are conducting a three-pronged study with 300 Liverpool households which aims to: improve national understanding of the dynamics and determinants of transmission into and through households; understand the psychological and social impact of COVID-19 on household members; and better understand risk and its interplay with socio-economic environments.
  • The Liverpool Health Partners Cancer Programme, led by Professor Andrew Pettitt, are researching the effects of COVID-19 on cancer patients.

Psychological and social research

For more information and research stories, please visit the University news site or the COVID Hub, where you can read more about the University of Liverpool researchers behind this transformative work and their priorities. 

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