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CSIC Launches Genetic Study to Identify Individual Risk of Developing Severe Forms of COVID-19

Researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) have launched a genetic study to identify the individual risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19. The results could help prevent serious infections and uncover potential treatments.

“The aim of our study is to find out why some patients infected with coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) hardly suffer from clinical involvement while others develop very serious forms of COVID-19 disease,” explains Anna Planas, CSIC researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Research in Barcelona (IIBB), which coordinates the INMUGEN project.

ISCIII validates 11 new research center and university laboratories for PCR testing

The Carlos III Institute of Health, in coordination with the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has validated in recent days 11 research centers and universities to carry out support work in the realization of PCR tests for the diagnosis of COVID-COVID19, so there are already 24 laboratories trained since this validation process began, which remains open. The sum of all these laboratories allows to carry out more than 5.000 PCR daily, which supposes an important reinforcement to the diagnostic capacity in Spain for the management of SARS-Cov-2 and COVID-19. Several more centres are in the training phase, so this figure will continue to grow in the coming days.

Seroprevalence study to estimate percentage of Spanish population that has developed antibodies against COVID-19 to begin

Through the regional health authorities and health centres, participants will be contacted to obtain samples. Those called to participate will begin on Monday, 27 April. “Participation is totally voluntary”, stressed the Minister for Health, Salvador Illa, “but I would encourage all those contacted to take part in the study. The results will be tremendously useful for the whole of Spanish society”.

By undertaking this study, the Ministry of Health and the Carlos III Health Institute, attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, in close collaboration with the regional governments, seeks to estimate the percentage of the Spanish population that has developed antibodies against the new SARS-CoV-2 (concept known as seroprevalence). The information obtained will be of tremendous importance in taking public health decisions throughout the country. The role of primary health centres will be particularly important during the process.

The Djehuty Project finds the coffin and mummy of a young woman who lived 3,600 years ago with her trousseau

The Djehuty Project, led by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), has found on the hill of Dra Abu el-Naga, in Luxor (ancient Thebes), an anthropomorphic coffin of the 17th dynasty of Ancient Egypt (about 3,600 years ago). Inside, the mummy of a woman of about 15 or 16 years of age and 6 feet tall with her trousseau rested on her right side: two earrings, two rings and four necklaces, one of them of great value. The discovery is part of the excavation work carried out last January and February in Luxor, during the 19th campaign of this archaeological mission.

Science for kids

“Science from your home” is a project of the Museo de Ciencias Universidad de Navarra to visually show some physical phenomena and chemical reactions that surround us in our day to day life.

This initiative is aimed at all audiences, especially children and their families, who will be able to carry out the experiments at home, due to the simplicity of their preparation and implementation. The script and the editing of the videos correspond to the doctor Cristina Sola.

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IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

The Imperial College London is working hard against the developping pandemic of the COVID-19. In fact, since the emergence of the new coronavirus, they are sharing research findings on the developing pandemic. These pages provide all output from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, including publicly published online reports, planning tools, scientific resources, publications and video updates. 

Moreover, researchers from the Imperial College are focused on different proyects in order to stop the spreading of the virus.

Vaccine and Virus Research

Professor Shattock and his team are working to develop an RNA vaccine for COVID-19 and last week Professor Shattock received £22.5 million from the UK government to fast-track this research and move towards a trial.

Professor Barclay and her team are researching how respiratory viruses spread to apply this knowledge to COVID-19. The Barclay Laboratory team are looking to answer vital questions such as: ‘What is the virus latching on to? so as to increase our understanding of Covid-19.

Open-source ventilator prototype

Experts from the Departments of Bioengineering and Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London have designed a simple, low-cost emergency ventilator that can be built to meet MHRA requirements using generic parts.

Point-of-care diagnostics

Prof. Chris Toumazo’s team have developed a point-of-care COVID-19 test requiring no special training or lab equipment.

Mathematical models of transmission

Prof. Neil Ferguson’s team, who are responsible for scores of landmark interventions modelling the spread of the virus.

Co-SPACE  and Co- SPYCE 

The Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford has recently launched a study to find out how families are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help us understand the needs of families at this time so that appropriate support can be provided.

Co-SPACE  study for parents of children in school year 0-11 (foundation to GCSE)

Co- SPYCE  study for parents of preschool children (2- 4 years)Emerging Minds

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19

Professor Creswell, who leads the Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC) Research Group, and colleagues have put together a short document on supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 containing useful advice for parents and carers. The document is translated into different different langauges and can be found here.