Leicester BRC and the Leicester Clinical Research Facility are playing a central role in the fight against COVID-19.
As part of the Leicester NOVA Alliance – a group of researchers, delivery and governance staff from Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester – we are channelling our respiratory expertise, resources and facilities into action for the benefit of patients with COVID-19. This is led by our respiratory theme lead, Professor Chris Brightling, and Martin Wiselka, professor of infectious diseases, who is affiliated with our clinical research facility.
Through our national and international networks, we are contributing to new knowledge on the progression of the coronavirus so that we can better inform on treatment decisions and the wider public health response.
National prioritisation process
There is a new national process for the prioritisation and approval of all COVID-19 research. You can find further details on this process on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website.
Finding treatments for COVID-19
We are actively involved in the ISARIC study, RECOVERY trial and SARS-Cov2 infection study. We expect to include further trials of novel therapies in our portfolio in the coming weeks and months. The current COVID19 trials are available online here.
Epidemiology of COVID-19
Leicester BRC is part of the HDRUK BREATHE research hub, which is building data sets and analysis for respiratory illnesses across the UK. This important resource will now also be supporting the detailed analysis of data collected from the COVID-19 App developed by our colleagues at Kings College London and Guys and St Thomas’ BRC. The App is collecting data from 2 million users who are regularly reporting their symptoms.
The Real World Evidence Unit, is also inviting healthcare professionals to take part in a survey to understand the global impact of COVID-19 on care for patients with long-term conditions: https://redcap.lcbru.le.ac.uk/surveys/?s=RF8MYDM3P7.
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Local guidance for researchers
The joint research office of Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester has a regularly updated web page on the latest guidance for researchers on all local clinical research processes. You can access that information here.