Pandemic Study


Project update

  • 7,500 volunteers registered an interest online
  • 2000 individuals will be invited to attend a car park self-testing day at Jordanstown campus in mid-August
  • 20 minutes turnaround to receive results

What’s been happening?

Due to the unprecedented response from the NI public, the Pandemic Team have already been able to obtain finger prick blood tests from hundreds of symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID 19 patients as well as healthy individuals in a clinical setting - a key aim of the study.


Important note for study participants

This is a research project and is not a diagnostic provision nor a study that can tell you about your current immunity or safety against subsequent infection.

Following this outcome, please do not change your behaviour in regards to any necessary safeguards in daily life in line with UK Government (including NI DOH) and the World Health Organisation policy.


About the Study

Researchers from the Schools of Biomedical Science and Engineering are conducting a nationwide field study to survey the presence of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The UK Rapid Test Consortium

Led by Professors Tara Moore and Jim Mc Laughlin, this project is delivered as part of The UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), which is aimed at developing and manufacturing a Covid-19 Point of Care antibody test to support the Government’s national testing strategy.

Learn more about the UK Rapid Test Consortium


Project Leads

Professor James McLaughlin

Head of School of Engineering

School of Engineering

Areas of expertise Nanotechnology, point of care diagnostics, integrated algorithm based solutions, sensor & IOT technology, Digital Healthcare Technology, Innovation.


Professor Tara Moore

Professor of Personalised Medicine

School of Biomedical Sciences

Areas of expertise Personalised medicine, virology, microbiology, genetic diagnostics.



The Team

PhD Researchers

Julie Sharon Moore
Email: moore-j66@ulster.ac.uk

Staff





Special thanks

The Ulster University team would like to extend a special thanks to all the phlebotomists who continue to support testing and Kingsbridge Private hospital for use of their facilities and equipment for the study. Without them the project would not be possible.


Further reading

Find out more about the impact UK-RTC is having across the UK