Professor Ray Kruse Iles,
our head of biomedical science,
actively seeking long-term
solutions to pandemics
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have turned our attention to COVID-19 Diagnostics and in particular three areas of research:
1. Coronavirus Testing
2. Testing for Coronavirus antibodies
Following on from this, NISAD will be researching a much less expensive and much faster way of testing for Coronavirus antibodies using mass spectrometry. This test will inform people whether or not they have had COVID-19 and will include advice on the level of immunity they are likely to have based on the result of the test, thereby giving them greater agency to make informed decisions about their current physical health.
Acting now and safeguarding our future
3. Psychological Support
Our attention is on the current pandemic and also on the future beyond COVID-19.
To focus solely on COVID-19 would be like putting a sticking plaster over a wound then waiting for it to fester and explode. We must look further into the future and create the means through which we can properly heal the wound of this pandemic as well as manage and contain future outbreaks.