Over 300 members of staff at Leicester’s Hospitals and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have joined a study investigating immune responses to COVID-19 in healthcare workers. The study, named DIRECT, aims to find out whether there are differences in immune responses to COVID-19 infection and vaccination between ethnic groups.
Professor Tom Yates, of the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, from NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Mildands, will investigate the risk of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities in one of 12 new projects aiming to accelerate the use of data for coronavirus research, it has just been announced.Read More
A drive to encourage ethnic minority healthcare workers to participate in a Government-backed study investigating the risks of COVID-19 to their health has been launched today.Read More
Ethnic minority healthcare workers are more likely to have built up antibodies to COVID-19, a team of researchers from Leicester has found.Read More
People of Black ethnicity are twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19 compared to those of White ethnicity, according to researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. The findings are published in EClinical Medicine by The Lancet today (Thursday 12 November 2020).Read More
A new £2.1m research study investigating the risks of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) healthcare workers has been launched, after evidence has emerged that higher proportions of associated deaths within these groups were recorded- more than twice that of the white population.Read More