Virology, Immune response and Epidemiology

Understanding infection risk and immune response in Healthcare Workers

In the first wave of the pandemic, SAFER was set up to answer questions around the proportion of frontline NHS staff in acute care who contracted COVID-19, the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, the frequency of asymptomatic infection and persistence (or not) of antibodies.

As the pandemic progresses, we aim to answer key questions with SAFER-PLUS around vaccine effectiveness, the protection from infection which is asymptomatic, the risk of re-infection after the initial infection and the infectivity of the virus and how this differs post vaccination. In addition, we will explore how the virus evolves over time and what the impact of virus variants is. We will monitor immune responses over time and our data will also contribute to National data informing National policy.

Virology, Immune response and Epidemiology Team

 

Professor Andrew Hayward

Professor Andrew Hayward

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Dr Eleni Nastouli

Dr Eleni Nastouli

Chief Investigator of SAFER
Head of Virology and Director of Advanced Pathogen Diagnostics Unit, UCLH
Associate Professor, UCL and the Francis Crick Institute

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Catherine Houlihan

Dr Catherine Houlihan

UCLH Principle Investigator for SAFER, Consultant in Clinical Virology at UCLH, Honorary Assistant Professor at UCL in the Division of Infection and Immunity

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Professor Safer GKassiotis

Professor George Kassiotis

Senior Group Leader and head of the laboratory of Retroviral Immunology at the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

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Dr Laura McCoy

Dr Laura McCoy

MRC Career Development Fellow in the Division of Infection and Immunity at UCL

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Professor Richard Gilson

Professor Richard Gilson

Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at UCL and Honorary Consultant at the Mortimer Market Centre, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Nina Vora

Dr Nina Vora

Clinical Research fellow

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