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The science of COVID-19


This inquiry will investigate the scientific and technological aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, its transmission and spread, the development of vaccines and treatments, and how digital technologies can be used for tracking and modelling. The inquiry aims to help Government and society learn from the pandemic and better prepare for future epidemics.

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Past events

Tuesday 2 March 2021
10:00am Private
Private meeting 2 March 2021
Virtual meeting
Tuesday 22 September 2020
10:00am Public
The science of COVID-19 - Oral evidence 22 September 2020
  • Dr Michael Bloomfield (Head of Translational Psychiatry Research Group at University College London, and Co-founder at COVID Traumatic Stress Clinic, UCL)
  • Dr Nichola Rooney (Northern Ireland Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology at British Psychological Society, and Professor; Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Queen's University Belfast)
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE (Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London)
  • Caroline Abrahams (Charity Director at Age UK)
  • Dr Tamsin Ford CBE (Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Sonia Johnson (Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at University College London)
Virtual meeting (webcast)
Tuesday 15 September 2020
10:00am Public
The science of COVID-19 - Oral evidence 15 September 2020
  • Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan (Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, and Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation)
  • Professor Chris Brightling (NIHR Senior Investigator and Clinical Professor in Respiratory Medicine at University of Leicester)
  • Professor Kamlesh Khunti (Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at University of Leicester)
  • Professor Donal O'Donoghue (Registrar at Royal College of Physicians, Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, and Professor of Renal Medicine at University of Manchester)
  • Professor Sebastian Brandner (Fellow at Royal College of Pathologists)
  • Professor Tom Solomon (Chair of Neurology and Director of the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at University of Liverpool)
Virtual meeting (webcast)
Tuesday 8 September 2020
10:00am Private
Private meeting 8 September 2020
Virtual meeting

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  • Phone: 020 7219 5750 (committee staff) | 020 7219 1692 (Press Officer)
  • Address: Science and Technology Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW