Covid-19 under the microscope

COVID-19 updates

We are facing an unprecedented challenge as we try to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and Wales is playing a key role in the UK-wide research effort. 

It is important we are able to use our research capabilities and expertise to gather timely evidence that can lead to the most effective treatments and care, and ultimately a vaccine.

Health and Care Research Wales is working closely with UK colleagues to help identify which COVID-19 research studies should be given the highest priority: this UK-wide process will ensure that all resources are contributing to one big national effort.

Health and Care Research Wales is also fast-tracking study set up and is working with other nations to enable Welsh researchers to access funding for COVID-19 research.

COVID-19 research studies are taking place right now across Wales looking into treatments for patients, ranging from those with symptoms in the community to patients in intensive care units who are seriously ill. Find out more about the studies open in Wales.

The NIHR have released a framework for restarting NIHR research activities which have been paused due to COVID-19 and also guidance to ensure research is protected during a second wave. The first outlines guiding principles for a coordinated restoration of the research portfolio to improve the health and wealth of the nation; the second document provides guidance to ensure COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 research is protected as pressure on the wider clinical services increases. Wales and other devolved administrations have been engaged in the development of both documents and are supportive of the guiding principles and prioritisation criteria which includes continued support for COVID-19 research as part of the Government response to tackle the pandemic.

Find out about taking part in research on Be Part of Research.

Health and Care Research Wales is also providing ongoing support to help connect COVID-19 researchers with members of the public, to help with the design and delivery of studies. For support or information contact research-involvement@wales.nhs.uk

For further information or research support contact healthandcareresearch@wales.nhs.uk

For media enquiries specific to research contact healthandcareresearch@wales.nhs.uk

The latest COVID-19 announcements are available on the Welsh Government website.

Further information about COVID-19 is also available on the Public Health Wales website.