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COVID-19 information for researchers

COVIS-19 molecule in red and whiteThe 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

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:

The HRA has also published guidance on re-starting or making changes to existing studies that the JRMO will take into account.

Reopening lab-based research

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.  

Setting up new COVID-19-related research studies

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. 

COVID-19 data requests and project proposals

The JRMO and Barts Life Sciences have established a COVID-19 Data Group to review all requests to access and share Barts Health data. 

Getting involved in COVID-19 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.

The NIHR has also published information on how to best get involved in research at this time. 

General clinical research guidance

COVID-19 guidance to clinical researchers, 14 April 2020 [PDF 289KB]

General non-clinical research guidance

COVID-19 guidance for non-clinical researchers, 1 April 2020 [PDF 231KB] 

Guidance on continuing research at Queen Mary

Guidance on whether research activities can continue at Queen Mary, 18 March 2020 [PDF 389KB] 

COVID-19 studies open at Barts Health

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. 

QMERC COVID-19 guidance

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)

Doctoral College FAQ

Queen Mary's Doctoral College is publishing and updating a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the COVID-19 situation. 

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