The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is awarding almost £20 million to 15 research studies across Britain to improve the understanding of long COVID, from diagnosis and treatment through to rehabilitation and recovery.
The projects were funded following a UK-wide research call for ambitious and comprehensive research into understanding and addressing the longer term physical and mental health effects of COVID-19 in non-hospitalised people.
This briefing brought together the leads of three of the studies, part of the package of NIHR funding to help answer key questions around long COVID, including:
Journalists dialled in to this briefing to hear from the Chief Investigators on some of the new studies as they discuss the current Long COVID situation and what their studies will investigate.
Prof Amitava Banerjee, Associate Professor in Clinical Data Science, University College London & CI on the STIMULATE-ICP1 study
Prof Fergus Gleeson, Professor of Radiology, University of Oxford & CI on the EXPLAIN2 study
Dr Dennis Chan, Principal Research Fellow, University College London & CI on the CICERO3 study
Prof Nick Lemoine, Chair of NIHR’s long COVID funding committee & Medical Director, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)