UCD COVID-19 Research Seminar Series: Researchers Tackling the Crisis
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.
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Short motifs and peptides involved in cellular invasion by SARS-CoV-2
Wed, 31st March 2021 14:00 – 14:30 GMT
Prof Denis Shields and team carried out a computational and evolutionary survey of well known short linear protein motifs (SLiMs: between 2-8 residues long, typically) in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and in potential receptors. This revealed a number of potential mechanisms whereby the virus may exploit the host machinery to enter the cell, involving autophagy and other mechanisms. These analyses suggest potential strategies for re-purposing existing drugs, or for designing novel peptide based therapeutics.
Updated: Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage to gauge prevalence in the community
Wed, 10th March 2021 14:00 – 14:30 GMT
Prof Wim Meijer talks about the surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage, and how this may be used to gauge the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in the wider community.
Solidarity in times of a pandemic (SolPan): an international qualitative study on citizen's experiences during Covid19
Wed, 3rd March 2021 14:00 – 14:30 GMT
Measuring immune responses in COVID-19 and the implications for diagnostics and therapeutics
Wed, 24 February 2021 14:00 – 14:30 GMT
Dr Grace Kenny (Infectious Diseases Specialist Registrar and COVID-19 Research Fellow) talks about her work, co-funded by the US Embassy in Dublin, in measuring immune responses in COVID-19 and the implications for diagnostics and therapeutics.
A novel antiviral formulation inhibits a range of enveloped viruses
Wed, 16 December 2020 14:00 – 14:30 GMT
Assistant Professor Nicola Fletcher will talk about a novel antiviral formulation she is working on that inhibits a range of enveloped viruses
The National COVID-19 Food Survey - Key Findings
Wed, 9 December 2020
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.
The use of advanced imaging techniques to understand the transport of the virus in air
Wed, 2 December 2020
Dr Kevin Nolan and Prof Ronan Cahill 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
Early identification of illness using consumer wearables
Wednesday 25 November
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.
Emerging evidence of new ways of working among health and social care professionals providing care to older people during Covid-19
Wednesday 18 November 2020
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'.
'Cities under lockdown: Public health, urban vulnerabilities and neighbourhood planning in Dublin
Wednesday 11 November 2020
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.'
Dr Barry Kevane and Professor Patricia Maguire talk about 'Coagulopathy and thrombosis: Novel prognostic and therapeutic opportunities,' insights from the The COCOON Study.
Wednesday 30 Sept 2020
Dr Barry Kevane and Professor Patricia Maguire talk about 'Coagulopathy and thrombosis: Novel prognostic and therapeutic opportunities,' insights from the COCOON Study.