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UK International Coronavirus Network (UK-ICN)

The UK International Coronavirus Network (UK-ICN) is a four-year project (Oct 2021 – Oct 2025), funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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Led by Professor Julian Hiscox (Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences), the UK-ICN is hosted at the University of Liverpool and will provide and support global co-ordination for the delivery of collaborative scientific research and sustained long-term one health approach to better investigation of coronaviruses, improved surveillance, and social policies.  

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UK-ICN Research Themes:

UK-ICN activities are led by our multidisciplinary partnership of the following co-directors spanning five distinct themes:

  • One Health and Zoonoses – Professor James Wood, University of Cambridge
  • Surveillance; Detection and Characterisation – Dr Sharon Brookes, The Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Countermeasures and Interventions – Dr Erica Bickerton & Dr Dalan Bailey, The Pirbright Institute
  • Behaviour and Social Policy – Professor Lisa Boden, The University of Edinburgh
  • SARS-CoV3 and the Future – Professor Paul Digard, The Roslin Institute.

UK-ICN aims to provide a community gateway to facilitate and co-ordinate interactions between members, particularly at the animal-human-environment interface. By providing a forum of exchange, we can foster cross-fertilisation of ideas and identify knowledge gaps to create research opportunities and build an evidence-based road map for One Health. These actions will disseminate and preserve knowledge to combat future emerging coronaviruses and ensure the longevity of coronavirus research after the impetus of SARS-CoV-2 has reduced.

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