Coronavirus research in region praised by report

Research excellence and expertise from across the West Midlands that has helped in the fight against Covid-19, has been highlighted in a report.

Mobilising Research Excellence in the Midlands to Tackle Covid-19, published by Midlands Innovation, reveals that more than £90 million has gone into research that has allowed universities, hospitals and businesses to deliver regional, national and global support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aston University research and activity is cited in numerous parts of the report including reference to an innovative device, that was designed at Aston, to stop patients accidentally spreading coronavirus to ear, nose and throat surgeons – and was rolled out free to NHS clinics across the UK.

Other Aston research looked at how Covid-19 disproportionately affects BAME people with recommendations made to Parliament.

Aston Business school research on how to support SME staff and enhance their productivity in the context of Covid-19 was included, as well as Aston Business School podcasts to support SMEs through the crisis.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University and chairman of Midlands Innovation, said: “I am proud of the way Aston has contributed to the West Midlands’ considerable effort in addressing Covid-19 and the challenges it has presented.

"We, like many others, have shown that our flexibility, swiftness of action, and strong commitment to our community has had a really positive impact.

“Aston places great importance on contributing to our region.”

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