Durham researchers, students and alumni do outstanding things that change the world. Here’s a few highlights from just the past few months…
Training dogs to sniff out Covid-19
Our bioscientists are working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Medical Detection Dogs to investigate whether sniffer dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19.
During a visit to the project, the Duchess of Cornwall described it as ‘game-changing’, The Telegraph reported, and recently Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, was treated to a training demonstration at Paddington Station, London.
Pioneering mass testing for Covid-19
Continuing on the Covid-19 theme, we’ve been working with the UK Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the University of Oxford to pioneer mass testing for Covid-19.
Hundreds of our students and staff have volunteered for the Lateral Flow Test programme, which involves a simple nostrils and tonsils swab and tells you whether you’re infectious in just 30 minutes.
How should we respond to Covid-19?
Among those reflecting on how society should respond to the Covid-19 pandemic is Pope Francis, leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.
He recently launched a new communication, a Papal Encyclical titled ‘Fratelli Tutti’, on the subject – and a Durham theologian was right there with him.