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Significant gender disparities revealed in COVID-19 clinical trial leadership

Less than one-third of COVID-19 clinical trials are led by women, which is half the proportion observed in non-COVID-19 trials, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London, University of St Andrews, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The study suggests that gender disparities during the pandemic may signify not only a lack of women’s leadership...

Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s

Research from Queen Mary University of London has concluded that there is convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. 21 per cent increased risk of developing Parkinson’s. However, because Parkinson’s only affects around 1-2 per cent of people over the age of 60, people with type 2 diabetes still have a very...

Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19

People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton). The researchers made use of the comprehensive and internationally unique UK Biobank database, which includes health and...

Barts Life Sciences is recruiting for digital fellows

Barts Life Sciences is delighted to announce that we are recruiting for digital fellows for our next cohort of artificial intelligence and machine learning projects, CAP-AI. Details and how to apply can be found here: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916408493

SNPnexus: A valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London, have released a web-based tool called SNPnexus COVID (https://www.snp-nexus.org/v4/covid/) to streamline the analysis of host genetic sequencing data and allow for the identification and prioritisation of genetic variants that may impact an individual’s susceptibility to and the severity of COVID-19 infection. Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, global initiatives to...

10,000+ participants recruited to Covid-19 studies at Barts Health NHS Trust

This week, Barts Health NHS Trust reached a significant milestone in the fight against Covid-19. Since the pandemic started, the Trust has recruited more than 10,000 participants across 34 different Covid-19 studies, including 15 National Institute for Health Research ‘Urgent Public Health’ studies. This major contribution to the national effort against the virus has been achieved in the midst of...