Supporting our NHS
CVR staff secondments to NHS, testing facilities & public health bodies
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre
Four members of CVR staff are embedded in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, where they are supporting diagnostic testing of samples, reporting results to clinicians, and retrieving samples to be passed to the CVR for rapid genomic sequencing.
Support the National Health Service - NHS
Three CVR Clinical Academic members of staff have volunteered to support their NHS colleagues by taking on additional clinical sessions and on call shifts.
Glasgow’s Lighthouse Laboratory testing facility
CVR researchers have been involved in the validation of assays of inactivate virus samples prior to diagnostic tests (PCR pipeline) for the Lighthouse testing facility.
The CVR have provided positive controls (virus-infected cells) for PCR testing at this testing facility.
- News Release: Glasgow Lighthouse Lab facility begins processing samples for COVID-19 - 22 April 2020
Supporting the World Health Organisation
The CVR is contributing to the preparation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) global guidance document for sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequent virus genomic analyses.
This guidance will help maximise the utility and impact of the global response to viral genomic sequencing efforts.
UK Government COVID-19 response
The CVR is supporting UK policy development.
CVR researchers, Dr Antonio Ho and Professor Emma Thomson, have contributed to a report detailing the early estimation of epidemiological parameters and epidemic predictions around COVID-19 that has helped shape the UK government’s COVID-19 response.
- Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV: early estimation of epidemiological parameters and epidemic predictions of 2019-nCoV - 28 January 2020