In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Glasgow City region has capitalised on its strengths as city of science and innovation. Activities include researching vaccines, helping to understand more about how the virus works, designing and developing protection equipment for health workers, and utilizing new technologies. You can read more here
The University Hospital of Dusseldorf in cooperation with the Youth and the Health Department will conduct a clinical model study testing 5,000 children and childcare workers in June, when Kindergartens are reopened after the corona lockdown. The results of the voluntary tests shall inform the research concerning the dissimination of the coronavirus through children. It is the most extensive study of its kind in Germany. You can read more here (in German)
More than €12,000 have been collected so far through a ‘connected race’ in Nice, France. Runners and walkers can choose a distance between 5km and a marathon of 42,195km, run individually and report their results via an app. The fee of €5 per person is donated for medical research to fight COVID-19. The race is open until tomorrow, 24 May. You can read more here (in French)
Belfast City Council has established a Covid-19 brokerage platform that matches the expertise and capacity of the city’s innovator community. Bringing together the industry and the universities’ needs with the government and community organisations requirements. Visit its website here
A new communication platform has been launched in the city by several research faculties, nine institutions of higher education and the city council. Researchers and staff of the Medical School of Hannover share new information on Covid-19 and the current situation in the Hannover Region. Whatch the videos here (in German)
A team of Cardiff University scientists has switched from researching cancer to work that could help to develop a vaccine for coronavirus. The team, usually working on reprogramming viruses to target and kill cancer, has put its expertise on research to work on a corona vaccine. The aim is to produce potential vaccines and pass these to immunologists for tests. You can read more here.
Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales have donated protective equipment and equipment that will help with testing to healthcare services. University researchers are also involved in mapping the spread of the virus and looking at whether different strains are emerging. Results from psychology departments’ research on the impact of the epidemic on people is informing the healthcare response. Read more here