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Covid19 Publications

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Grants Awarded for Covid19 Research

  • Chief Scientist Office. Understanding longer-term health impacts of social distancing and
    behavioural interventions introduced to prevent the spread of infection in the populationDr Katie Robb (PI) & Professor Rory O’Connor. £37,000.
  • Hunt K, Stead M, Purves R, Bunn C, Gray C, Reith G, Wardle H, Dobbie F, Critchlow N, Donnachie A. Transitions to more harmful forms of gambling during Covid-19 pandemic: behaviours and targeted marketing in young people and bettors on sport. ESRC £464,387. Jun 2020-Dec 2021.
  • Gray CM, O’Donnell K, Wyke S part of a Scotland-wide consortium of 33 behavioural scientists Protecting population physical & mental health during the coronavirus pandemic: A representative national weekly survey to understand changes. CSO £324,472. May 2020-Nov 2020.
  • Shakespeare T, Watson N, Burns N, Pearson C, Wiseman P, Banks M and Kupar H. Disability and Covid 19. The aim of this study is to understand disabled people's experiences during the COVID-19 epidemic, barriers experienced and lessons learned for policy and  practice. £390,000 ESRC COVID-19 Rapid Response research call
  • Crampin A, Mwansambo C, Chauma Mwale A, Madise N, Ho A, Mwapasa V, Nyirenda T, Read J, Jewell C, MacPherson P, Price A, Amoah ASARS-CoV-2 immunoepidemiology in Wellcome-funded urban andrural cohorts in Malawi : generating evidence to inform regional medium and long term decision making. Wellcome £249,544.00
  • Hatton, C., Hastings, R, Abbott, D., Beyer, S., Bradshaw, J., Gore, N., Heslop, P., Jahoda, A., Marriot, A., Scior, K., Taggart, L., and Todd, S. Title: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities and factors associated with better outcomes. MRC award, £763,431 (September 2020- 2021)
  • Prof Kate O’Donnell as PI; Dr Sara Macdonald and Dr David Blane as Co-Is. Title: Patient and public understanding of, and preferences for, digital tools to support the Scottish Test, Trace, Isolate, Support programme for COVID-19 infection. DHI/PHS; £30,000. (June – August 2020).
  • How has Covid-19 social distancing amplified the mental health vulnerabilities of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM)?  Dr Jamie Frankis, Reader in Health Psychology, GCU, Prof P Flowers, U. Strathclyde; Prof L McDaid, U. Glasgow; Dr D Strongylou, R Kincaid, GCU, J Heng, NHS Glasgow; T Tougher, NHS Lanarkshire; Y Kerr & Dr D Clutterbuck, NHS Lothian; Dr L Wallace, HPS; N Sparling, HIV Scotland.  CSO £49,728 
  • Social and health impacts of COVID-19 suppression in vulnerable groupsProf Sarah ArmstrongDr Lucy Pickering - CSO £186,869


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

Robertson Centre for Biostatistics

The Roberson Centre for Biostatistics are involved as co-applicants/partners in the undernoted Covid19-related grants:

  • UKRI NIHR - Demographic, multi-morbidity and genetic impact on myocardial involvement and its recovery from COVID-19: the COVID-HEART study - Prof Colin J Berry, Robertson Centre (Data Management, Statistics, Project Management, ECGs] – Total Grant award £620,076
  • Medical Research Scotland – The influence of COVID-19 pandemic on the Scottish congenital heart disease populationDr Mark Danton, Professor J G Cleland, Professor Alex McConnachieMs Sharon Kean – Total Grant Award £20,000
  • Medical Research Scotland - Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Ventilated Patients with COVID-19 (COVID-RV)Dr Ben Shelley, Professor Colin J Berry, Dr Claudia-Martina Messow – Total Grant Award £18,280
  • Chief Scientists Office – Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Imaging in SARS Coronavirus disease-19 (CISCO-19)Professor Colin J Berry, Professor Alex McConnachieMs Sharon Kean – Total Grant Award £47,940
  • Medical Research Scotland - 3D Telemedicine: Transforming Patient Communication during Covid-19Dr Steven Lo, Robertson Centre [Statistics] - Total Grant Award £19,829

Additional advisory roles and outputs:

  • RCB provides technical support for Professor Pell to analyse data in the Glasgow SafeHaven to inform the Health Board’s strategy on COVID-19 ‘shielding’.
  • The RCB team has also created several UK national registries (supported by the British Cardiovascular Society) to capture cardiovascular complications and interventions associated with COVID-19,
  • Dr Pierpaolo Pellicori (Clinical Senior Lecturer) is leading a Cochrane Rapid Review on cardiovascular complications of COVID-19.

Covid19 Advisory Roles

  • Professor Andrew Gumley chairs the Scottish Government Covid-19 Mental Health Advisory Group and Professor Rory O’Connor is a member.
  • Professor Rory O’Connor co-led the Academy of Medical Sciences and MQ Transforming Mental Health Position Paper published in Lancet Psychiatry on setting the mental health science research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Professor Rory O’Connor was part of the COVID-19 International Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration which highlighted the strategic response for suicide prevention, also published in Lancet Psychiatry.
  • Professor Rory O’Connor and Jack Melson worked closely with the Scottish Government on its flagship Distress Brief Intervention Programme and developed all of the intervention and training materials. In May 2020, the First Minister decided to scale up the DBI programme nationally to deal with the impact of Covid-19.
  • Professor Jill Pell is a member of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Advisory Group and the testing strategy sub-group.
  • Professor Andrew Gumley and Professor John Cleland are members of the CSO / NRS Restart Strategic Advisory Group.
  • Claire Orange and Professor Julie Brittenden in RESTART group
  • Professor Danny Mackay is member of the UKRI-BBSRC COVID-19 Cohort of Experts.
  • Professor Kate O'Donnell is member of the Scottish Government Expert Reference Group on Ethnicity COVID-19.
  • Professor Vittal Katikireddi is Co-Chair of the Scottish Government Expert Reference Group on Ethnicity COVID-19.
  • Dr Janet Bouttell, Professor Olivia Wu, Professor Kate O’DonnellDr David Blane and Dr Bhautesh Jani are all part of the working group with SIGN and Health Improvement Scotland to produce evidence-based guidance for Primary Care.
  • Dr David Ross provides COVID-19 advice and support to UK Defence, the Army and NATO and is lead researcher looking at the impact of COVID-19 lockdown and social isolation in soldiers.


  • Dr Elise Whitley is a member of Public Health Scotland’s Mental Health Cell and currently contributing to priority setting for future work and advising on likely data sources for monitoring.
  • Dr Eric Silverman is a member of Covid-19 Healthcare Coalition which is developing a decision-support dashboard intended to help policy-makers in the US to monitor the progress of the pandemic at the state and county level throughout the country.
  • Professor Rich Mitchell and Dr Jonathan Olsen are on Public Health Scotland's Social and System Recovery: Environments and Spaces Group. Rich is leading their Evidence and Data subgroup.
    The group is currently exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for open spaces, parks, streets, public spaces.
  • Ms Ruth Dundas is part of The Scottish COVID-19 Response Consortium (SCRC) - a group of epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, data scientists, software developers and other scientists that have come together to develop new models to help inform the control of COVID-19.
  • One of the key groups identified by RAMP to develop a wider range of pandemic models is the University of Glasgow led Scottish COVID-19 Response Consortium. SPHSU is involved in curating data to support model specification and calibration, and we will be increasingly involved in model design and programming.
  • Dr Vittal Katikireddi is co-chair and Dr Rachel ThomsonDr Theocharis Kromydas and Dr Peter Craig are members of a group convened by Public Health Scotland to advise the Scottish Government and other stakeholders (e.g. CoSLA, Social Security Scotland) on the impacts of the COVID-19 response on health and health inequalities that arise through economic and related pathways, and on actions that may mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts. The group has published a briefing looking at protecting the health of the working-age population as lockdown reduces. 

Other Covid19 Outputs

INS (International Neuropsychological Society) Newsletter

  • Narayanan, J., Evans, J.J., & Wilson, B.A., (2020) Balint’s syndrome as a consequence of COVID-19: A case from Southern India. INS News: International Neuropsychological Society Member Newsletter, Issue 3, p27-31

BMJ Editorial

Public Health Scotland Report


We are grateful to Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS) for allowing us to use content from the main MVLS COVID-19 OUTPUTS webpage and to ICAMS' Karen Trofimova and IHW's Audrey Dickie for keeping our information up to date.