Psychiatric face of COVID-19’: by Luca Steardo Jr, Luca Steardo MAE and Alex Verkhratsky MAE

Psychiatric face of COVID-19’: by Luca Steardo Jr, Luca Steardo MAE and Alex Verkhratsky MAE


This review highlights the importance of appropriate management of psychiatric aspects of COVID-19. The authors consider that paying insufficient attention to such issues could have serious implications for patients’ mental wellbeing.


In the review, the authors discuss the serious clinical challenges posed by COVID-19 systemic inflammation that can affect the central nervous system and aggravate mental health disorders.

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Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?

Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?



2020’s Covid-19 outbreak has shone the spotlight on science advice like never before. How well are Europe’s science advice frameworks standing up to this major stress test?

Webinar: 16th September, 13:30 CEST, 12:30 BST UK

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Hub webinar on Translational Medicine attracts a global audience

Hub webinar on Translational Medicine attracts a global audience



The Cardiff Hub has run its first webinar, on the topic of The Future of Translational Medicine. An international audience of around 300 from 28 countries participated in the live session.

The panellists, Professors Stephen Holgate, Ole Petersen and Péter Hegyi


The webinar, held 29th June 2020, was sponsored by MDPI and the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Ole Petersen, the Cardiff Hub Director, chaired a distinguished panel of speakers. 

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‘Endocytic Uptake of SARS-COV-2: Roles of pH, Ca2+ and NAADP’ by Ole Petersen FRS MAE

‘Endocytic Uptake of SARS-COV-2: Roles of pH, Ca2+ and NAADP’ by Ole Petersen FRS MAE



The paper highlights how interdisciplinary research will help to understand how SARS-COV-2 affects the gastrointestinal system

Professor Ole Petersen MAE

Ole Petersen MAE (in collaboration with Oleg V Gerasimenko and Julia V Gerasimenko) describes an entirely unexpected link between SARS-COV-2 infection and physiological calcium signalling, thereby providing new insights into the mechanism by which this virus enters the cells in our body.

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New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission

New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission



We are delighted to announce that the new open access journal FUNCTION has published its first articles, with an inaugural editorial by Editor-in-Chief Ole Petersen and a review led by Cardiff University’s Professor Val O’Donnell on a possible means of reducing Covid-19 transmission through the use of oral mouthwash.

In his inaugural editorial, Professor Petersen has announced that the American Physiological Society’s new peer-reviewed open access journal FUNCTION, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, is now operational and ready to receive submissions. The first to be published is a review into the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission in the early stages of infection.  The review has been conducted by researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine led by Professor Val O’Donnell, along with the universities of Nottingham, Colorado, Ottawa, Barcelona and Cambridge’s Babraham Institute, and  included virologists, lipid specialists, microbicide and healthcare experts.  

The review shows previous studies where chemicals commonly found in mouthwashes, such as low amounts of ethanol, povidone-iodine and cetylpyridinium damage the lipid membranes of several enveloped viruses. More research is needed to show whether this could also be effective in reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the early stages of infection. 

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Wider health effects of COVID-19 response: Co-authored by Martin McKee MAE

Wider health effects of COVID-19 response: Co-authored by Martin McKee MAE



Martin McKee MAE has co-authored a paper entitled ‘Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response’

Professor Martin McKee MAE

Countries around the world have imposed social distancing and movement restrictions to control the Covid-19 pandemic. These measures are effective in limiting disease spread but produce negative effects on the economy and health of the population. 

This paper analyses which groups in society are most vulnerable to the effects of both the pandemic and the social distancing measures and offers actions that could reduce the harmful indirect effects of the pandemic.

The open access paper was published by The BMJ – a leading medical research journal.

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From Research to Public Health Policy by Professor Martin McKee MAE

From Research to Public Health Policy by Professor Martin McKee MAE



Professor Martin McKee tells us about his passion for Public Health, his role at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and his latest research on the adverse effects of movement restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



About Martin McKee

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He qualified in medicine in Northern Ireland and later trained in public health in London. He is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has published over 1,180 scientific papers and 46 books on health and health policy with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of LondonEdinburgh, and Ireland. His contributions to European health policy have been recognised by election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the US National Academy of Medicine and other academies. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2018. 

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