UCD Covid-19 Response

The UCD Community is rising to the challenge posed by the global pandemic

UCD COVID-19 Research Seminar Series: Researchers Tackling the Crisis  

In order to help tackle this pandemic, we must leverage multidisciplinary research and innovation expertise from across our academic institutions. This highly relevant expertise spans a wide range of disciplines both scientific and non-scientific. While the fundamental challenge is a health-related emergency, this pandemic will have significant implications for our society, our economy and future policy.

Across UCD and in our university hospitals, researchers are rising to the challenge of the Covid19 pandemic. They are providing critical supports that have a real and tangible impact on patients’ lives. They are expanding Ireland’s testing capacity, developing new supply chains, manufacturing reagents, developing national contact tracing capability, and investigating new ways to tackle the disease.

Our researchers are working to better understand the impact on the health of our children during this pandemic, the impact on individuals with intellectual and disabilities and their caregivers, they are exploring new methods for screening antiviral compounds, coordinating primary care networks, manufacturing PPE, producing critical reagents for testing, modelling populations behaviours, developing new medical devices to mitigate the risk of disease spread, investigating the host response to the disease, developing innovative remote monitoring technologies, and developing novel national disease surveillance methods.

This seminar series will showcase on-going Covid-19 related research at UCD to help facilitate greater interdisciplinary collaboration within UCD and with external partners.

We are using Basecamp to continue the conversation and facilitate collaboration online at UCD. Please select "Yes, please add me to UCD C19 Research Basecamp Portal" when prompted during the Eventbrite event registration process. Alternatively, please complete the webform linked here to join the UCD C19 Research Basecamp Portal.  


Wednesday 30 Sept 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Barry Kevane and Professor Patricia Maguire talk about 'Coagulopathy and thrombosis: Novel prognostic and therapeutic opportunities,' insights from the The COCOON Study. See recorded seminar here.

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Claas Kirchhelle, medical humanities expert, talks about 'History and Covid-19: Untangling the roots, trajectories, and interpretations of a pandemic.' See recorded seminar here.

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Emma Nicholson and Dr Therese McDonnell talk about their project 'CUPID COVID-19: Paediatric Emergency Department Attendance during Covid-19.' See recorded seminar here.

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Professor Wim Meijer talks about his project 'SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage and Bodies of Water' and how its observations have mirrored national clinical findings. POSTPONED

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Virginie Gautier speaks from her experience on multiple Covid-19 Rapid Response projects about 'Accelerating Covid-19 translational research with interdisciplinary collaborations.' Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Carla Kayanan, with Prof Niamh Moore-Cherry and Dr Alma Clavin talks about 'Cities under lockdown: Public health, urban vulnerabilities and neighbourhood planning in Dublin.' Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Dr Deirdre O'Donnell talks about 'Emerging evidence of new ways of working among health and social care professionals providing care to older people during Covid-19'. Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Professor Brian Caulfield talks about his roll-out in Ireland of the international DETECT project, which enables volunteers to contribute their heart rate data from wearable devices, such as Fitbit, in a bid to create an early warning system for viral illness. Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Prof Ronan Cahill and Dr Kevin Nolan will talk about the use of advanced imaging techniques to understand the transport of the virus in air during healthcare procedures. Using highly sensitive large format Schlieren imaging he has characterised gas flows and aerosol generating events in laparoscopic surgery, anaesthesiology, ophthalmic procedures, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and dentistry. Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar. 

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 14:00 - 14:30

Associate Professor Eileen Gibney discusses 'Key Findings from the National Covid-19 Food Survey' conducted by UCD Institute of Food and Health to examine how pandemic affected our eating habits. Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 14:00 - 14:30

Professor Anne Fuchs, Director of UCD Humanities Institute, discusses 'The representation of older people during the Covid crisis.' Visit Eventbrite to register for this webinar