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Chief Scientist Office publishes 30 university studies on COVID-19

Chief Scientist Office publishes 30 university studies on COVID-19

11th March 2021

The Chief Scientist Office has published 30 university studies funded in 2020 to contribute to global efforts to combat COVID-19.

The CSO Rapid Research in COVID-19 (RARC-19) programme awarded almost £5million to 56 projects across 15 Scottish universities and research institutions, supporting research to:

  • better understand the effects of infection
  • develop and test new diagnostics and treatments
  • investigate new disease surveillance approaches
  • inform interventions to prevent transmission and infection
  • support the mental health of frontline health and social care workers
  • understand the physical and mental health implications of lockdown measures

A range of projects undertaken by the University of Aberdeen; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; Edinburgh Napier University; Glasgow Caledonian University; University of Strathclyde; and the University of Stirling have now reported initial findings.

Chief Scientist for Health Professor David Crossman said:

“We launched the RARC-19 programme last spring to support Scotland’s research investigators in a rapid response to the pandemic, and these reports are testament to their superb response.

“The analysis and insights not only give evidence to support new models of intervention, but also provide an incredibly important record of the social and mental health impacts of COVID-19.”

Further information

• Read the latest reports

• Access the full list of funded studies

• Read more about COVID-19 research across Scotland

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