Cambridge researchers are helping to lead the fight back against COVID-19, from the use of genomics to track its spread and mathematic modelling to understand infection rates through to innovative screening programmes to keep its students and staff safe.

The off-patent drug that could protect us from future COVID-19 variants

05 December 2022

Cambridge scientists have identified a drug that can be repurposed to prevent COVID-19 in research involving a unique mix of ‘mini-organs’, donor organs, animal studies and patients.

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Set up reserve lab capacity now for faster response to next pandemic, say researchers

28 Sep 2022

Researchers say a ‘human bottleneck’, due to historical cuts in public health funding, delayed the UK’s scale-up of COVID-19 testing in the early...

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New Heart and Lung Research Institute opens

11 Jul 2022

A major new institute opens today, bringing together the largest concentration of scientists and clinicians in heart and lung medicine in Europe.

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Intensive farming may actually reduce risk of pandemics, experts argue

24 Jun 2022

Scientists evaluate the evidence that intensive livestock farming is causing pandemics, and find that intensive farming could actually reduce the...

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No ‘safest spot’ to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission on trains

22 Jun 2022

Researchers have demonstrated how airborne diseases such as COVID-19 spread along the length of a train carriage and found that there is no ‘safest...

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Heart surgery delays will cost lives, warns research

17 Jun 2022

Pandemic has delayed lifesaving treatment for thousands of people with severe aortic stenosis.

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Scientists publish first real-world data from Africa looking at immune response to AZ/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

11 May 2022

Scientists have released the first real-world data from Africa on the effectiveness of two doses of AstraZeneca/ChaAd0x-1 COVID-19 vaccination...

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Protected areas saw dramatic spikes in fires during COVID lockdowns, study finds

05 May 2022

Scientists suggest that some staffing of protected areas should be considered “essential services” in future crises.

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Cognitive impairment from severe COVID-19 equivalent to 20 years of ageing, study finds

03 May 2022

Cognitive impairment as a result of severe COVID-19 is similar to that sustained between 50 and 70 years of age and is the equivalent to losing 10 IQ...

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Women in England had predominantly negative experiences of childbirth during pandemic in 2020, survey finds

12 Apr 2022

47% of parents in a national survey reported negative experiences of giving birth during the pandemic in 2020, with uncertainties about rapidly...

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Memory and concentration problems are common in long COVID

17 Mar 2022

Seven in ten long COVID patients experience concentration and memory problems several months after the initial onset of their disease, with many...

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Cambridge vaccine expert in $42million partnership to develop 'future-proofed' coronavirus vaccines

08 Mar 2022

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that DIOSynVax, a biotech spinout of the University of Cambridge, will receive $42 million (about £32 million...

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Genomic study shows that England’s travel quarantine measures were effective – up to a limit

23 Feb 2022

Fourteen-day quarantine measures imposed on incoming travellers returning to England in summer 2020 helped prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus...

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