Dusseldorf – Study of children and corona

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)

Contact: Stefanie Nietfeld

Nice – Solidarity run for corona research

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)

Contact: Jérôme Sieurin

Cardiff – Research for corona vaccine

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.

Contact: Beverley Watson

Cardiff – Universities offering vital equipment

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

Contact: Ian Catlow