In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Liverpool has launched the ‘COVID-19 Emergency Fundraising Campaign’ to support its world-leading research programme into combatting the disease as well as providing necessary support for the NHS and the Liverpool City Region.
The current COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented global challenge, and one for which University of Liverpool researchers, working at the forefront of innovation and discovery are striving to find a global solution.
The ‘COVID-19 Emergency Research Fund’, joins government and existing rapid-response philanthropic contributions, to raise urgently-needed funding to support the University’s research programme that is looking at both treatments and a vaccine as well as providing vital supplies to the NHS.
Currently 150 researchers are leading on the University’s response to this global pandemic. University scientists are undertaking research to better understand the nature of the virus and how it spreads, and to develop effective drug treatments including the development of a vaccine. Our research resources have been redirected to urgently support the study of COVID-19 and, given the restrictions currently in place in the United Kingdom, these are currently the only research programmes operating from the University campus in Liverpool.
Teams of researchers from diverse fields that range from pharmacology, clinical infectious diseases, immunology, social science, molecular biology and virology have coalesced around a single virus and disease. Liverpool has unique strengths, which are significantly enhanced by teamwork and collective purpose.
Professor Calum Semple, Professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool, who is leading a team of specially trained scientists working to tackle coronavirus described the pandemic as “the greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years”.
University academics and staff are also working closely with our local NHS hospitals and supporting them in a variety of ways. From offering NHS colleagues free car parking at our campus to contributing vital equipment for use in hospitals and, of course, providing the support of our research community, the University community, including our medical students and staff volunteers, is doing all it can to help health services deliver the best possible care to communities throughout Liverpool at this time of extraordinary need.
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