Let's talk about COVID-19
We invite you to delve deeper into our work on the COVID-19 pandemic here at Imperial. We are part of the global effort to overcome one of the deadliest infectious disease outbreaks of the last century. Meet the scientists behind the disease modelling that influenced government policy worldwide, go behind the scenes of the lab developing a potential COVID-19 vaccine, and most importantly, ask your questions and share your thoughts.
Behind the Scenes: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine
Go behind the scenes with the researchers developing a COVID-19 vaccine as they take you on a tour of their lab and chat about how their candidate vaccine works.
We host Q&As and seminars
Our events take place live on YouTube where you can tune in to meet our researchers and ask them your questions. You can find recordings of these below!
As well as the chance to ask questions, our Q&A events are an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and perspectives - this will help our researchers working on COVID-19 to think about these when they're doing their work. The Q&As have been co-created by the Societal Engagement Team and the Patient Experience Research Centre.
Our seminars offer a deep dive into the work of our experts researching COVID-19 or working in a clinical environment. In each seminar, the speakers present their research on different topics and take questions at the end of the session. These events are brought to you by the Academic Health Science Centre.
Previous event recordings
Imperial’s COVID-19 vaccine trial
In June 2020 we launched a clinical trial of a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Professor Robin Shattock, Dr Katrina Pollock and Dr David Owen explain how the vaccine works, how it’s being tested, and plans to help it reach populations around the world, if it proves to be effective in protecting people against COVID-19.
Q&A: COVID-19 antibody testing
As we cautiously approach a return to normality, understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing is essential. How many people have been infected and where? What immunity, if any, has developed? Join our researchers as we talk all things testing, from swab tests to home testing kits.
Q&A: Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine
Our vaccine works differently to traditional vaccines. It’s also cheap, highly scalable and could be available next year, should the current human trials succeed. But how does this work? How is it different from a normal vaccine? When might we see results? And what’s it been like working on COVID-19?
Q&A: Health inequalities and COVID-19
Research shows that people from Black and Asian ethnic groups are more likely to catch COVID-19 and up to twice as likely to die from the disease than their White British counterparts. Researchers posit that “historic racism and poorer experiences of healthcare or at work” could make groups less likely to ask for care or to insist on having PPE. How can we understand the full picture and tackle these inequalities?
Q&A: Modelling COVID-19
Since the start of the new coronavirus outbreak, our researchers have been working hard to understand the epidemic. Join three researchers who've been using mathematical models to predict the spread of the virus and help us understand patterns in data that inform the outbreak response.
Seminar: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine
Professor Robin Shattock in the Department Infectious Disease talks about his work leading a team developing a coronavirus vaccine. When injected, the self-amplifying RNA vaccine will deliver genetic instructions to muscle cells to make the ‘spike’ protein on the surface of the coronavirus.