The overarching aim of the HPRU is to support and strengthen PHE in its role of protecting England from emerging and zoonotic infections. By bringing together internationally leading researchers at the University of Liverpool (UoL), University of Oxford, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and PHE, we exploit the synergy, world-class facilities, and breadth and depth in relevant research between these institutions.


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Policy Dynamics of COVID-19 in the UK
The HPRU-EZI team has published its results on the policy dynamics of COVID-19 in the UK in the journal Social Science and Medicine. It discusses delayed decision-making, the use of scientific advice and the ‘follow the science’ rhetoric, and tensions between local and centralised responses.

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Professor Semple and guests discuss the 'New Norm'
Professor Semple and guests discuss next steps in terms of what the ‘New Norm’ for society should or will look like, and how this can be managed effectively to prevent or lessen the likelihood of a rise in the pandemic.

Posted on: 18/09/2020

New £4m study to advance understanding of severe coronavirus infection
The University of Liverpool is leading a major new international project to improve our understanding of severe coronavirus infection in humans.

Posted on: 17/09/2020

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Risk stratification of patients admitted to hospital with covid-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol: development and validation of the 4C Mortality Score
Stephen R Knight, Antonia Ho, Riinu Pius, Iain Buchan, Gail Carson, Thomas M Drake, Jake Dunning, Jake Dunning, Carrol Gamble, Christopher A Green,Rishi Gupta,Sophie Halpin, Hayley E Hardwick, Karl A Holden,Peter W Horby,Clare Jackson, Kenneth A Mclean, Laura Merson, Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam, Lisa Norman, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Piero L Olliaro,Mark G Pritchard, Clark D Russell, Catherine A Shaw, Aziz Sheikh, Tom Solomon, Cathie Sudlow, Olivia V Swann, Lance CW Turtle, Peter JM Openshaw, J Kenneth Baillie, Malcolm G Semple, Annemarie B Docherty, Ewen M Harrison

Evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in cats and dogs from households in Italy | bioRxiv
I. Patterson, G. Elia, A. Grassi, A. Giordano, C. Desario, M. Medardo, S.L. Smith, E.R. Anderson, T. Prince, G.T. Patterson, E. Lorusso, M.S. Lucente, G. Lanave, S. Lauzi, U. Bonfanti, A. Stranieri, V. Martella, F. Solari Basano, V.R. Barrs, A.D. Radford, U. Agrimi, L. Hughes, S. Paltrinieri, N. Decaro

Methods of inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 for downstream biological assays
Edward I Patterson, Tessa Prince, Enyia R Anderson, Aitor Casas-Sanchez, Shirley L Smith, Cintia Cansado-Utrilla, Lance Turtle and Grant L Hughes

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