SRUC to research Covid-19 in rural Scotland

Published: 29 April 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is one of 15 Scottish universities and research institutions contributing to global efforts to combat coronavirus and its wider effects.

The Scottish Government has announced £5 million of new funding for research projects to increase the understanding of Covid-19, screen potential treatments and support clinical trials.

The Epidemiology Research Unit at SRUC has been awarded £36,118 to research the quantitative epidemiology of Covid-19 in rural Scotland.

This is among 55 rapid research projects to:

  • better understand the effects of infection
  • develop and test new diagnostics and treatments
  • investigate new disease surveillance approaches
  • inform interventions to prevent transmission of infection
  • support the mental health of frontline health and social care workers
  • understand the physical and mental health implications of lockdown measures

“This extremely competitive rapid response research call had a strong NHS focus, helping to develop solutions for Scotland to respond to the Covid-19 challenges.

“A total of 139 projects were submitted from 19 Scottish HEIs and partners, including five diverse research projects proposed by SRUC researchers and partners.

“Building on a wealth of experience in animal disease epidemiology, Dr Aaron Reeves will work with SRUC and NHS Highland colleagues to undertake a six-month project looking at the quantitative epidemiology of Covid-19 in rural Scotland.

“It highlights how important it is for us to think outside our traditional research domain and area of activity to help deliver solutions for the current challenges we face, and we will work with all the project teams to explore other funding opportunities for their ideas.”

Professor Eileen Wall, Head of Research at SRUC

The Rapid Research in Covid-19 funding call was launched by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office on 25 March.

All the research projects will start immediately and will be complete within a six-month timeframe.


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