As the situation with the coronavirus rapidly changes, universities in the Midlands are uniting to help with the fight against the virus.
Midlands Innovation (a partnership of the Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick) are acting agilely to support the Government, NHS, frontline services and communities at this time of crisis. Actions of the partnership to date (Monday 30 March) include:
Undertaking world-leading genomic sequencing to help understand COVID-19
Two Midlands Innovation (MI) partners, the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham, are part of a consortium created by Government, to work with the NHS, Public Health Agencies, Wellcome Sanger Institute, and other academic institutions to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves in order to guide NHS treatments.
Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance said: “The UK is one of the world’s leading destinations for genomics research and development, and I am confident that our best minds, working as part of this consortium, will make vital breakthroughs to help us tackle this disease.”