The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) has implications for research and researchers at Barts Health and Queen Mary.
On this page we publish information relating to this, covering:
- Reopening clinical studies
- Reopening lab-based research
- Setting up new COVID-19-related research at Barts Health and Queen Mary
- COVID-19 data requests and project proposals: Barts Life Sciences' COVID-19 Data Group
- Getting involved in COVID-19 research
- General clinical research guidance
- General non-clinical research guidance
- Guidance on continuing research at Queen Mary
- COVID-19 studies open at Barts Health
- QMERC COVID-19 guidance
- Queen Mary Doctoral College FAQ
- Resources for research and technical teams to support the COVID-19 response
Where clinical research studies have been suspended at Barts Health and Queen Mary there are a number of factors to consider before they can be reopened. To help with this the JRMO has issued the following:
- Statement on the principles around reopening research studies [PDF 177KB]
- JRMO study restart assessment checklist [DOC 69KB]
The HRA has also published guidance on re-starting or making changes to existing studies that the JRMO will take into account.
Reopening laboratory-based research is clearly dependent on the labs themselves being reopened. Safety is the top priority for this and decisions are anticipated from early June onwards, lab by lab. We hope to be able to publish a checklist for researchers and/or a link to further information on Queen Mary lab reopening very soon. In the meantime, researchers are advised to discuss this with their Institute or lab managers.
The JRMO has published guidance on the processes for both expedited study approval, and confirmation of capacity and capability, for Barts Health and Queen Mary researchers in relation to the set-up of new COVID-19-related research.
The Barts Health website has information, aimed primarily at patients, setting out how to get involved in the Trust's COVID-19 research. This is a very useful resource for research staff who need help with drafting information for patients or volunteers. The page covers such items as 'why do research into COVID-19', 'taking part in research', information about the Trust's PPIE Advisory Group, along with details of the Trust's major ongoing COVID-19 research projects. The JRMO's Engagement and Diffusion Team can help further with this.
Information about ongoing research into COVID-19 at Barts Health is on the Trust website. That page also includes links to videos encouraging patients to take part in both interventional and observational research, made in various languages found in East London.
Queen Mary Ethics of Research Committee (QMERC) COVID-19 guidance for researchers, 7 May 2020 [PDF 315KB] (There is also a QMERC webpage providing more information about its work)
Queen Mary's Doctoral College is publishing and updating a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the COVID-19 situation.