New Review on Obesity as a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19

Professor Naveed Sattar has co-authored a new review into Obesity as a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19: Summary of the Best Evidence and Implications for Health Care. 

This new Springer-published as part of the Topical Collection on Health Services and Programs and aimed to collate the best evidence from several strands—epidemiological, genetic, comparison with historical data and mechanistic information—and ask whether obesity is an important causal and potentially modifiable risk factor for severe COVID-19 outcomes.

Full citation

Sattar, N., Valabhji, J. Obesity as a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19: Summary of the Best Evidence and Implications for Health Care. Curr Obes Rep (2021). 

Read the discussion and conclusions of the review here

CVD-COVID-UK Consortium BMJ Special Paper on New Linked Health Data Resource

A special paper from the CVD-COVID-UK consortium, led by the BHF Data Science Centre, was published today, 8th April 2021, in the BMJ. The paper describes a novel resource for securely linking health data to enable population-wide research on Covid19 and cardiovascular disease.

Link to BMJ special paper

See the HDRUK news article for all the necessary links to this study, more information on the resource itself, the accompanying editorial and lay summary



Glasgow Science Festival, COVID: Glasgow Responds

The Glasgow research community contributed to this year's virtual edition of the Glasgow Science Festival: Science on the Sofa. The repsonse by researchers at the University of Glasgow and other institutions in Glasgow to the Covid19 Pandemic has been remarkable. 

Here you will find the video and presentation content from the following contributors: 

Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS):

To see all of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) contributions, please follow this link.

COVID-19 rapid evidence summary: vitamin D for COVID-19

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Professor Naveed Sattar et al.'s recent paper entitled Vitamin D concentrations and COVID-19 infection in UK Biobank was used by NICE and Public Health England (PHE) in their Covid-19 rapid evidence summary, published on 29th June 2020 and updated on 17th December 2020. 

BBC News Coverage for Dr Terry Quinn's Lancet Paper


Dr Terry Quinn is co-author of a paper published in the Lancet medical journal entitled "The effect of frailty on survival in patients with COVID-19(COPE): a multicentre, European, observational cohort study" which was featured in a BBC Wales News report on the 1st July 2020. The report centered around the findings in the Lancet publication that  In a large population of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19, disease outcomes were better predicted by frailty than either age or comorbidity.

Public Health England Report on COVID-19 and Obesity

Professor Naveed Sattar is one of the key contributors to Public Health England’s (PHE) recent report on COVID-19 and obesity. The report, based on several studies, found evidence consistently suggests that people with COVID-19 who are living with overweight or obesity, compared with those of a healthy weight, are at an increased risk of serious COVID-19 complications and death. Read the PHE report  

BBC News Coverage of COPE-Nosocomial Study

Dr Terry Quinn is co-author of a paper entitled "Nosocomial COVID-19 infection: examining the risk of mortality. The COPE-Nosocomial Study (COVID in Older PEople)" published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, which has been featured in a BBC News Report on 25th August 2020

The COPE-Nosocomial Study was an observational cohort study which found at least one in eight patients who had received hospital treatment for coronavirus had caught it on-site.

Characteristics and outcomes of COVID-19-associated stroke

Dr Terry Quinn is co-author of a new study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry which looked at an analysis of patients presenting to more than a dozen stroke centers in England and Scotland and which provides clinicians an updated look at trends and outcomes of stroke patients with COVID-19 compared to their counterparts without the disease.

Characteristics and outcomes of COVID-19-associated stroke: a UK multicenter case-control study

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