B3527 - Serological testing for COVID19 - 26/05/2020

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Alice Halliday | University of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Professor Adam Finn, Professor Kathleen Gillespie, Dr Alistair Williams, Dr Anna Long, Dr Ashley Toye
Title of project: 
Serological testing for COVID19
Proposal summary: 

There is currently a pandemic of a new disease, COVID19, which is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2.

Impact of research: 
Reliable serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection are urgently needed to allow us to ascertain the true burden of infection and to develop ways to come out of the current lockdown measures in place to control the pandemic. Vaccination programs will take months/years to implement therefore establishing evidence of natural immunity through antibody testing may be the quickest way back to normal. In addition, this work has huge potential for research tools to allow us to better understand the natural history of SARS-CoV-2 infection in different groups of individuals.
Date proposal received: 
Monday, 4 May, 2020
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 5 May, 2020
Immunology, Infection, Proteomics, Biological samples -e.g. blood, cell lines, saliva, etc., Biomarkers - e.g. cotinine, fatty acids, haemoglobin, etc., Childhood - childcare, childhood adversity, Immunity