Our Covid-19 research programme is constantly evolving. Below is a snapshot of our research projects.

Introduction by Professor Guy Thwaites

This introduction was written in June 2021 

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its disease, COVID-19, have caused unprecedented disruption globally since they were first described in China in December 2019.

The OUCRU programme has felt the full force of that disruption, with severe lockdowns and waves of infection experienced repeatedly over the last 24 months in Viet Nam, Indonesia and Nepal. However, alongside the disruption has come opportunity, particularly the opportunity to conduct research that helps us understand the medical and social impact of the pandemic and improve the ways we control and treat the virus.

The virus has brought the entire OUCRU Programme together. We have supported one another through many difficult periods when the virus seemed to threaten every aspect of our life and work, and we have found new ways to communicate and collaborate. The consequent research has been remarkable, not least because its conception and conduct has been in some of the most difficult circumstances any of us have ever experienced. We have addressed almost every important aspect of the pandemic, from its societal impact to viral genomic surveillance and COVID-19 therapy. Our work has fostered new collaborations with respective governments and their institutions that have ensured our research is relevant and impactful. These collaborations will have a lasting effect on OUCRU’s standing and future work within the region.

As we update OUCRU’s COVID-19 response in early 2022, much has changed in the last 6 months. The large and devastating waves of the Delta variant have passed, but the Omicron variant is now on the ascendency in Asia. The problems this new variant will cause will be dependent upon the levels of population immunity that it confronts. There are grounds for cautious optimism: Indonesia is well-vaccinated, and Viet Nam has gone from low to very high vaccine coverage in 6 months of extraordinary effort (with >1 million vaccines given a day at times). Nepal seems to have gone through a recent omicron wave with low numbers in hospitals and relatively few deaths.

Ha Nguyen Thanh, Ida Ayu Sutrisni, Samita Rijal, Aakriti Pandey, Thao Phuong Tran, Ragil Dien, Yen Nguyen Thi Hong, Diana Timoria, Dewi Friska, Aria Kekalih, Claus Bogh, Abhilasha Karkey, Raph L. Hamers, Mary Chambers, Sonia Lewycka, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil
SSM – Qualitative Research in Health
Februari 8, 2024
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmqr.2024.100404
RECOVERY Collaborative Group; Peter W Horby, Leon Peto, Natalie Staplin, Mark Campbell, Guilherme Pessoa-Amorim, Marion Mafham, Jonathan R Emberson, Richard Stewart, Benjamin Prudon, Alison Uriel, Christopher A Green, Devesh J Dhasmana, Flora Malein, Jaydip Majumdar, Paul Collini, Jack Shurmer, Bryan Yates, J Kenneth Baillie, Maya H Buch, Jeremy Day, Saul N Faust, Thomas Jaki, Katie Jeffer, Edmund Juszczak, Marian Knight, Wei Shen Lim, Alan Montgomery, Andrew Mumford, Kathryn Rowan, Guy Thwaites, Richard Haynes, Martin J Landray
Nat Commun
Januari 31, 2024
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-43644-x
Anis Karuniawati, Ayodhia Pitaloka Pasaribu, Gilbert Lazarus, Vera Irawany, Dwi Utomo Nusantara, Robert Sinto, Suwarti, Maulana Jamil Nasution, Ferawati, Muhammad Riza Lubis, Eka Nurfitri, Mutiara Mutiara, Hasanul Arifin, Hely Hely, Pramaisshela Arinda D Putri, Ariel Pradipta, Anindya Pradipta Susanto, Meutia Ayuputeri Kumaheri, Bonifacius, Yacobus Da Costa, Claus Bogh, Dodi Safari, Kartini Lidia, Hermi Indita Malewa, Nunung Nuraeni, Sabighoh Zanjabila, Mutia Rahardjani, Fitri Agustia Dewi, Fitria Wulandari, Decy Subekti, Henry Surendra, J Kevin Baird, Anuraj H Shankar, Raph L Hamers.
Lancet Reg Health Southeast Asia
Januari 25, 2024
DOI: 10.1016/j.lansea.2023.100348
An Phuoc Luu, Truong Thanh Nguyen, Van Thi Cam Cao, Trinh Hoang Diem Ha, Lien Thi Thu Chung, Trung Ngoc Truong, Tung Nguyen Le Nhu, Khoa Bach Dao, Hao Van Nguyen, Phan Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Khanh Thuy Thuy Le, Luu Hoai Bao Tran, Phung Tran Huy Nhat, Duc Minh Tran, Yen Minh Lam, Catherine Louise Thwaites, Jacob Mcknight, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil; Vietnam ICU Translational Applications Laboratory (VITAL)
JMIR Res Protoc
Januari 5, 2024
DOI: 10.2196/44619
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