Donations provide £44k research boost

September 01 2020


Vital Coronavirus research in Bristol has been awarded £44,499 by Southmead Hospital Charity thanks to donations from the public.
The funding will enable researchers to continue the next phase of their research to find new breakthroughs in treatments and understanding of the virus to ultimately save lives.
The additional funding comes on top of an initial £22,000 given by Southmead Hospital Charity at the start of the three ground-breaking research projects.
But the charity still needs more support to reach their target of £815,000 to fund this research to develop tests to diagnose and identify immunity to Coronavirus (Covid-19), explore secondary lung and infection complications from the virus and test new drug treatments for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Researchers are working alongside doctors and nurses on the frontline to give NHS clinicians in Bristol better ways of treating people who have Coronavirus. The projects have already recruited over a hundred patients who have recovered from Coronavirus to help.
These projects will also bring better understanding of the long-term impact of the virus and will support the NHS in preparing for a new medical landscape of the future.
Dr David Arnold, from Southmead Hospital (North Bristol NHS Trust) and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in University of Bristol’s Medical School, who is leading one of the research projects called DISCOVER, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this latest round of funding to enable us to continue our Coronavirus research work.
“Thank you to  everyone who has supported this appeal – you have enabled us to make some real progress in our understanding of Coronavirus.
“I am confident that we can continue to make progress in understanding how we can support our clinical colleagues in the NHS to better treat patients and identify who is most at risk from this virus.”
Director of Southmead Hospital Charity, Sarah Harrison, said: “We are proud to be able to continue our funding of these important projects.
“It is thanks to our donors and supporters that we have been able to give this latest round of funding; which is testament to the people of Bristol who have stepped up and supported us brilliantly throughout this pandemic.
“But there is still a long way to go and is crucial that we continue this momentum so I’d appeal to the people and businesses of Bristol to get behind our researchers and support their work by donating to our appeal.”
Led by the team at North Bristol NHS Trust, in partnership with local NHS Hospitals, Public Health England and the University of Bristol, these pioneering projects are contributing to a UK-led research programme for Coronavirus (Covid-19) which researchers hope will lead to new breakthroughs in fighting the virus.
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