The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) has implications for research and researchers at Barts Health and Queen Mary.
As of 14 August 2020, our COVID-19 Clinical Research Review Committee has reviewed a total of 310 proposals:
- 155 research studies
- 124 Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) audit/service evaluations
- 28 QMERC studies
On this page we publish information to support our researchers, covering:
- COVID-19 vaccine research
- Reopening clinical studies
- Travel policy for fieldwork
- Setting up new COVID-19-related research at Barts Health and Queen Mary
- COVID-19 data requests and project proposals: Barts Life Sciences' COVID-19 Data Group
- Getting involved in COVID-19 research
- General clinical research guidance
- General non-clinical research guidance
- Guidance on continuing research at Queen Mary
- Guidance on remote monitoring of Barts Health clinical research
- COVID-19 studies open at Barts Health
- QMERC COVID-19 guidance
- Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services' COVID-19 Evidence updates, Clinical Decision Tool and related resources
- Queen Mary Doctoral College FAQ
- Resources for research and technical teams to support the COVID-19 response
The NIHR has launched a central website where anyone can sign up to take part in a variety of expedited clinical trials relating to the development of a vaccine. More information about this work, including how to register as a volunteer, is available on the NIHR website.
Information about getting involved in other COVID-19 research is set out below.
Where clinical research studies have been suspended at Barts Health and Queen Mary there are a number of factors to consider before they can be reopened. To help with this the JRMO has issued the following:
- Statement on the principles around reopening research studies [PDF 177KB]
- JRMO study restart assessment checklist [DOC 69KB]
The HRA has also published guidance on re-starting or making changes to existing studies that the JRMO will take into account.
If it is essential for you to do fieldwork for research continuation now, then you can do so provided you comply with the following. You must ensure you complete the risk assessment, and give specific consideration to local Covid-19 related policies of your institution, any institutions you will be working with and the governments of any countries outside the UK if the research is to be carried out overseas. Contact your line manager or supervisor for further information.
Risk assessments need to be signed off by your Head of School or Institute, and you must be aware that insurance cover will only remain valid if you can demonstrate to your Head of School or Institute that travel is necessary at this time and you can practice social distancing throughout the trip. Risk assessment templates for fieldwork are available on the HSD website.
The JRMO has published guidance on the processes for both expedited study approval, and confirmation of capacity and capability, for Barts Health and Queen Mary researchers in relation to the set-up of new COVID-19-related research.
The Barts Health website has information, aimed primarily at patients, setting out how to get involved in the Trust's COVID-19 research. This is a very useful resource for research staff who need help with drafting information for patients or volunteers. The page covers such items as 'why do research into COVID-19', 'taking part in research', information about the Trust's PPIE Advisory Group, along with details of the Trust's major ongoing COVID-19 research projects. The JRMO's Engagement and Diffusion Team can help further with this.
The JRMO has published Guidance for site study teams and sponsors for remote monitoring and source data verification within Barts Health NHS Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic. This and additional JRMO guidance can be found on the guidance webpage.
Information about ongoing research into COVID-19 at Barts Health is on the Trust website. That page also includes links to videos encouraging patients to take part in both interventional and observational research, made in various languages found in East London.
Queen Mary Ethics of Research Committee (QMERC) COVID-19 guidance for researchers, 14 August 2020 [PDF 293KB]. There is also a QMERC webpage providing more information about its work.