Research and analysis

Researchers across the University are applying their leading expertise in infectious diseases, genomics, and other areas to help address the many complex challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

With over a century of discovery and translational research in infectious diseases, the University of Liverpool is a recognised leader in this field.

Our new £1 million laboratory will help understand how COVID-19 affects people and we are part of a genomic sequencing alliance to map the spread of the disease.  

Academics in other disciplines across our University are gaining insights into the wider societal and environmental impact of the pandemic, while many of our clinical researchers and final year medical students are also helping to fight COVID-19 by volunteering to work on the NHS front line.

Priority research areas

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Outbreak laboratory

Our researchers are collecting blood samples and clinical data from thousands of COVID-19 patients to answer some of the most important questions about the course of the disease and the effects of treatment.

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Genomics hub

A team from the University of Liverpool is part of a UK genomic sequencing alliance to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves.

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Liverpool household cohort study

300 Liverpool households are participating in a unique study enabling University of Liverpool researchers to measure transmission of COVID-19 and other effects of the pandemic.

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Faster drug testing for COVID-19

The University of Liverpool, along with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Southampton Clinical Trials Unit and the University of Lancaster has developed a new type of study designed for pandemic drug testing.

Covid-19 and the brain

A BBC North West Tonight feature presented by Professor Tom Solomon about brain complications seen in some COVID-19 patients, such as stroke.

Features interviews with University of Liverpool brain infections researcher Dr Laura Benjamin, Deputy Medical Director of Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust Dr Paul Fitzsimmons and patient Carl Welch, who suffered a stroke after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.

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Further research

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Liverpool STOP COVID

Liverpool Health Partners have launched this unique city-wide initiative to help decrease the burden of COVID-19 locally, nationally and globally.

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Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research

In collaboration with partners, the centre has redirected the majority of Liverpool's research efforts to COVID-19, having immediate benefits for public health.

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Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Across the Faculty, our researchers have been turning their attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting society, and how we might take this opportunity to change our world for the better.

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COVID-19 and people with dementia

We are exploring the effects of COVID-19 related social service closures on the lives of older people, people with dementia and unpaid carers.

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Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing

We have launched a study to explore the behavioural and emotional consequences that social restrictions are having on adults in the UK.

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COVID-19 drug interaction website

The University has launched a fully searchable, dynamic version of its COVID-19 Drug Interactions website to aid the safe prescribing of experimental drugs.

Our people

Professor Matthew Baylis

Professor Matthew Baylis

Executive Dean of the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences and Head of the Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals (LUCINDA).

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Professor Kate Bennett

Professor Kate Bennett

Professor of Psychology

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Iain Buchan

Professor Iain Buchan

Executive Dean of the Institute of Population Health, Chair in Public Health and Clinical Informatics and Director of Digital Strategy and Partnerships for Liverpool Health Partners

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Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor of Paediatric Infection

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Professor Rhiannon Corcoran

Professor Rhiannon Corcoran

Professor of Psychology and Public Mental Health

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Professor Neil French

Professor Neil French

Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health

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Professor Julian Hiscox

Professor Julian Hiscox

Chair in Infection and Global Health

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Professor William Hope

Professor William Hope

Dame Sally Davies Chair of AMR Research, Director of Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research

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Professor Louise Kenny

Professor Louise Kenny

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Professor Saye Khoo

Professor Saye Khoo

Professor in the department of Pharmacology

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Professor Calum Semple

Professor Calum Semple

Professor in Child Health and Outbreak Medicine, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

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Professor Sally Sheard

Professor Sally Sheard

Head of the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems, Andrew Geddes and John Rankin Professor of Modern History

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Professor Tom Solomon

Professor Tom Solomon

Director of the National Institute for Health Research, Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections (HPRU in EZI)

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Our team fighting the epidemic

Over 150 researchers from across the University are coming together to work on the fight against COVID-19. Our centres and institutes shifting their focus to supporting the COVID-19 research effort are outlined below.

Centres

  • Centre for Genomic Research
  • Centre for Global Vaccine Research
  • Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research (CEIDR)
  • Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging Zoonotic Infections

Institutes

  • Institute of Infection and Global Health
  • Institute of Integrative Biology
  • Institute of Life and Human Sciences
  • Institute of Population Health Sciences
  • Institute for Risk and Uncertainty
  • Institute of Translational Medicine

Schools and Departments

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology