Our COVID-19 response

Corona virus

Covid19 Publications

Ashwell, G., Blane, D. , Lunan, C. and Matheson, J. (2020) General practice post-COVID-19: time to put equity at the heart of health systems? British Journal of General Practice, 70(697), p. 400. (doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X712001) (PMID:32732207)

Lalloo, D., Roy, M. and MacDonald, E. (2020) COVID-19 return to work guide for health professionals advising patients and employers. Documentation. Society of Occupational Medicine, London.

de Lusignan, S. et al. (2020) In-pandemic development of an application ontology for COVID-19 surveillance in a primary care sentinel network. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, (doi: 10.2196/preprints.21434) (Submitted)

Anker, S. D. et al. (2020) Conducting clinical trials in heart failure during (and after) the COVID-19 pandemic: an expert consensus position paper from the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). European Heart Journal, 41(22), pp. 2109-2117. (doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa461) (PMID:32498081)

Niedzwiedz, C. L. et al. (2020) Mental health and health behaviours before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown: longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, (doi: 10.1136/jech-2020-215060) (PMID:32978210) (Early Online Publication)

Bouttell, J. et al. (2020) Evidence Review: Assessment of COVID-19 in Primary Care: the Identification of Symptoms, Signs, Characteristics, Comorbidities and Clinical Signs in Adults which may Indicate a Higher Risk of Progression to Severe Disease. Documentation. SIGN, Edinburgh.

Pollock, A. M. and Harding-Edgar, L. (2020) Policy Note: Coronavirus crisis: underfunding, restructuring, privatisation and fragmentation at the heart of the crisis in Holyrood and Westminster. Documentation. Scottish Centre on European Relations, Edinburgh, UK.

Purba, A. K. (2020) How should the role of the nurse change in response to Covid-19? Nursing Times, 116(6), pp. 25-28.

Clark, A. et al. (2020) Global, regional, and national estimates of the population at increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions in 2020: a modelling study. Lancet Global Health, 8(8), e1003-e1017. (doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30264-3) (PMID:32553130) (PMCID:PMC7295519)

Aldridge, R. W., Lewer, D., Katikireddi, S. V. , Mathur, R., Pathak, N., Burns, R. and Fragaszy, E. B. (2020) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in England are at increased risk of death from COVID-19: indirect standardisation of NHS mortality data. Wellcome Open Research, 5, 88. (doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15922.2) (PMID:32613083) (PMCID:PMC7317462)

McCartney, G., Walsh, D., Leyland, A. and Dundas, R. (2020) Scaling COVID-19 against inequalities: should the policy response consistently match the mortality challenge? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, (Accepted for Publication)

Murphy, D. et al. (2020) Meeting the Psychological Needs of People Recovering from Severe Coronavirus. Other. British Psychological Society.

Bell, S. et al. (2020) COVID-19 in patients undergoing chronic kidney replacement therapy and kidney transplant recipients in Scotland: findings and experience from the Scottish renal registry. BMC Nephrology, 21, 419. (doi: 10.1186/s12882-020-02061-8) (PMID:33004002) (PMCID:PMC7528715)

Hastie, C., Pell, J. and Sattar, N. (2020) Vitamin D and COVID-19 infection and mortality in UK Biobank. European Journal of Nutrition, (doi: 10.1007/s00394-020-02372-4) (PMID:32851419) (PMCID:PMC7449523) (Early Online Publication)

Holmes, E. A. et al. (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health services. Lancet Psychiatry, 7(6), pp. 547-560. (doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30168-1) (PMID:32304649) (PMCID:PMC7159850)

Barton, C. M. et al. (2020) Call for transparency of COVID-19 models. Science, 368(6490), pp. 482-483. (doi: 10.1126/science.abb8637) (PMID:32355024)

Hanlon, P. et al. (2020) COVID-19 – exploring the implications of long-term condition type and extent of multimorbidity on years of life lost: a modelling study. Wellcome Open Research, 5, 75. (doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15849.1) (PMID:PPR153916)

Bouttell, J. et al. (2020) Assessment of COVID-19 in primary care: the identification of symptoms, signs, characteristics, comorbidities and clinical signs in adults which may indicate a higher risk of progression to severe disease. Other. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), Edinburgh.

Rooksby, M. , Furuhashi, T. and McLeod, H. J. (2020) Hikikomori: a hidden mental health need following the COVID-19 pandemic. World Psychiatry, 19(3), pp. 399-400. (doi: 10.1002/wps.20804) (PMID:32931118)

Hastie, C. E. et al. (2020) Vitamin D concentrations and COVID-19 infection in UK Biobank. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 14(4), pp. 561-565. (doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2020.04.050) (PMID:32413819) (PMCID:PMC7204679)

Douglas, M., Katikireddi, V. , Taulbut, M., McKee, M. and McCartney, G. (2020) Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response. British Medical Journal, 369, m1557. (doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1557) (PMID:32341002) (PMCID:PMC7184317)

Pollock, A. M., Clements, L. and Harding-Edgar, L. (2020) Covid-19: why we need a national health and social care service. BMJ, 369, m1465. (doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1465) (PMID:32291259)

Kingstone, T., Taylor, A. K., O'Donnell, C. A. , Atherton, H., Blane, D. N. and Chew-Graham, C. A. (2020) Finding the 'right' GP: a qualitative study of the experiences of people with long-COVID. BJGP Open, (doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101143) (PMID:33051223) (Early Online Publication)

Shah, A. S. et al. (2020) Risk of hospitalisation with coronavirus disease 2019 in healthcare workers and their households: a nationwide linkage cohort study. British Medical Journal, (Accepted for Publication)

Mangion, K. et al. (2020) The Chief Scientist Office cardiovascular and pulmonary imaging in SARS Coronavirus disease-19 (CISCO-19) study. Cardiovascular Research, (doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvaa209) (PMID:32702087) (Early Online Publication)

Hotopf, M., Bullmore, E., O'Connor, R. C. and Holmes, E. A. (2020) The scope of mental health research in the COVID-19 Pandemic and its aftermath. British Journal of Psychiatry, (doi: 10.1192/bjp.2020.125) (PMID:32493516) (PMCID:PMC7330278) (Early Online Publication)

Sattar, N. et al. (2020) BMI and future risk for COVID-19 infection and death across sex, age and ethnicity: preliminary findings from UK biobank. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 14(5), pp. 1149-1151. (doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2020.06.060) (PMID:32668401) (PMCID:PMC7326434)

Greenhalgh, T., Schmid, M. B., Czypionka, T., Bassler, D. and Gruer, L. (2020) Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis. British Medical Journal, 369, m1435. (doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1435) (PMID:32273267)

Siddaway, A. P. (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Psychiatry, 7(7), e42. (doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30249-2) (PMID:32563317) (PMCID:PMC7302763)

Harrison, E. M. et al. (2020) Ethnicity and outcomes from COVID-19: the ISARIC CCP-UK prospective observational cohort study of hospitalised patients. SSRN Electronic Journal, (doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3618215) (Submitted)

Kumleben, N., Bhopal, R., Czypionka, T., Gruer, L., Kock, R., Stebbing, J. and Stigler, F.L. (2020) Test, test, test for COVID-19 antibodies: the importance of sensitivity, specificity and predictive powers. Public Health, 185, pp. 88-90. (doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2020.06.006) (PMID:32590234) (PMCID:PMC7287442)

Voors, A. A. et al. (2020) Circulating plasma concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 in men and women with heart failure and effects of renin–angiotensin–aldosterone inhibitors. European Heart Journal, 41(19), pp. 1810-1817. (doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa373) (PMID:32388565) (PMCID:PMC7239195)

Cleland, J. G.F. , Clark, R. A., Pellicori, P. and Inglis, S. C. (2020) Caring for people with heart failure and many other medical problems through and beyond the COVID‐19 pandemic; the advantages of universal‐access to home telemonitoring. European Journal of Heart Failure, 22(6), pp. 995-998. (doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1864) (PMID:32385954) (PMCID:PMC7273055)

Pellicori, P. (2020) At the heart of COVID-19. European Heart Journal, 41(19), pp. 1830-1832. (doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa415) (PMID:32405639)

Liu, Y., Du, X., Chen, J., Jin, Y., Peng, L., Wang, H. H.X., Luo, M., Chen, L. and Zhao, Y. (2020) Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as an independent risk factor for mortality in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Journal of Infection, 81(1), e6-e12. (doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2020.04.002) (PMID:32283162) (PMCID:PMC7195072)

Simpson, R. and Robinson, L. (2020) Rehabilitation following critical illness in people with COVID-19 infection. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(6), pp. 470-474. (doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001443) (PMID:32282359) (PMCID:PMC7253039)

Jani, B. D. , Pell, J. P. , McGagh, D., Liyanage, H., Kelly, D., de Lusignan, S., Weatherburn, C. J., Burns, R., Sullivan, F. M. and Mair, F. S. (2020) Recording COVID-19 consultations: review of symptoms, risk factors, and proposed SNOMED CT terms. BJGP Open, (doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101125) (Early Online Publication)

Sabir, S. R., Thomson, E. C. , Guzik, T. J., D’Acquisto, F. and Maffia, P. (2020) COVID-19: the new immune challenge. Frontiers for Young Minds, 8, 582971. (doi: 10.3389/frym.2020.582971)

Ho, F. K. et al. (2020) Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for COVID-19, and comparison to risk factors for influenza and pneumonia: results from a UK Biobank prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, (Accepted for Publication)

Watt, G., Mullin, A. and Blane, D. (2020) GPs at the Deep End Report 36: General Practice in the time of COVID-19. Documentation. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

O'Connor, R. et al. (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: authors’ reply. Lancet Psychiatry, 7(7), e44-e45. (doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30247-9) (PMID:32563319) (PMCID:PMC7302786)

Bhandari, R. and Nesterova, Y. (2020) Support thy neighbour : why a strong local response will help beat COVID-19. [Website]

Niedzwiedz, C. L. et al. (2020) Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in SARS-CoV-2 infection: prospective cohort study using UK Biobank. BMC Medicine, 18, 160. (doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01640-8) (PMID:32466757) (PMCID:PMC7255908)

Cluver, L. et al. (2020) Parenting in a time of COVID-19. Lancet, 395(10231), e64. (doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30736-4) (PMID:32220657) (PMCID:PMC7146667)

Wilson, B.A., Betteridge, S. and Fish, J. (2020) Neuropsychological consequences of Covid-19. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 30(9), pp. 1625-1628. (doi: 10.1080/09602011.2020.1808483) (PMID:32869697)

McQueenie, R. et al. (2020) Multimorbidity, polypharmacy, and COVID-19 infection within the UK Biobank cohort. PLoS ONE, 15(8), e0238091. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238091) (PMID:32817712) (PMCID:PMC7440632)

Siddaway, A. P. (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Psychiatry, 7(7), e43. (doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30220-0) (PMID:32563318) (PMCID:PMC7302784)

Perry, R. J. et al. (2020) Characteristics and outcomes of COVID-19-associated stroke: a UK multicentre case-control study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, (Accepted for Publication)

Katus, H. A., Cleland, J. G.F. and Jaffe, A. S. (2020) Myocardial injury in severe COVID-19 infection. European Heart Journal, 41(22), pp. 2080-2082. (doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa447) (PMID:32464642)

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:

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


  • 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.