Covid-19 Research

The University of Glasgow is at the centre of COVID-19 research response in the UK.

Scientists at the University are currently working on several vital COVID-19 related research projects, including the investigations of treatment, virus behaviour, health complications and the wider effects of the pandemic on society.

The Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow, officially opened on 22 April and has been made possible by collaboration and support from Scottish and UK Governments, NHS, industry partners and with the help of over 500 staff volunteers.

The University of Glasgow is also hosting a major COVID-19 testing centre at our Clinical Innovation Zone at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus and is also supporting the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine trials working health and care staff initially.

Philanthropy in action

The UofG COVID-19 Response Fund has helped enhance the University’s efforts.

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), based on our Garscube Campus, has the largest group of virologists in the UK. The CVR team are working with partners across the UK and globally on the sequencing of the virus, and their research is pivotal in directly responding to the disease.

One of the first gifts to the UofG COVID-19 Response Fund allowed the CVR to purchase a vital piece of equipment to enable researchers to sequence many more samples every day.

This machine has helped to accelerate our research when time really is of the essence. The machine enables the team to extract information from the genetic code to understand the virus and how it spreads. This information is vital in order to identify ways in to defeat it.

The data will be used to:  

  • Sequence the genome of the virus from confirmed Scottish patients
  • Understand the nature of the coronavirus 
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the UK to understand how the virus spreads and behaves in populations 
  • All findings will be shared through the global research community to tackle the disease.

On behalf of our colleagues in the CVR and the University of Glasgow, thank you - you are making a real impact on our knowledge of the virus.