Over 150 scientists from the University of Oxford are driving forward research into COVID-19, including development of a vaccine, drugs, antibody testing and contact tracing systems.
Now, in COVID Conversations, you can hear directly from them in a series of short talks on their work, along with a chance to ask them any questions you have about how COVID-19 research is progressing. These talks will be available immediately after the broadcast via the links below.
Talk 1: How Oxford is tackling COVID-19 with Professor Gavin Screaton
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 6 May.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/9KoHy3RcNH4
Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division, gives an update on the latest achievements across a range of areas, from serology, to drug discovery, to clinical trials and vaccine creation.
Talk 2: Viral pathogenesis with Professor William James and Professor Richard Cornall
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 13 May.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/mm7JCfhiptE
Professor William James, from Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and Professor Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, talk about the University's research into how the COVID-19 virus behaves in humans.
Talk 3: Drug discovery with Professor Nicole Zitzmann
This talk was broadcast on Thursday 21 May.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/beb0nsXHr4Y
Professor of Virology and Director of the Glycobiology Institute, Nicole Zitzmann, talks about what her team have already learnt through the development and testing of existing drugs.
Talk 4: Immunology with Professor Paul Klenerman
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 27 May.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/-hjQNyCyKSA
Professor Paul Klenerman, Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, talks about the Oxford Immunology Network’s research into the immune response to COVID-19.
Talk 5: COVID-19: misinformation and inequality, with Gina Neff and Rasmus Nielsen
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 3 June.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/1Wv0VtkEpxM
The coronavirus pandemic has intensified concerns about misinformation worldwide and exacerbated many social inequalities, join Professors Gina Neff and Rasmus Nielsen to hear more about both of these issues.
Talk 6: The UK’s COVID-19 digital contact tracing app, with Christophe Fraser and Michael Parker
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 10 June.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/jwXGyj2zFCY
Professor Christophe Fraser from the Nuffield Departments of Medicine and Population Health and Professor Michael Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and a member of the Steering Group of the Ethics in AI Institute, explain the epidemiology and ethics that have underpinned the development of the NHS mobile contact tracing app.
Talk 7: Post-COVID economy and a green recovery, with Peter Drobac and Aoife Haney
This talk was broadcast on Friday 12 June.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/Q2pazGEaOLE
Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Peter Drobac, and Dr Aoife Haney, Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, discuss the economic, environmental and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talk 8: Vaccines with Professor Sarah Gilbert
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 17th June.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/MKNavonhXyk
Professor Gilbert discusses the modified version of the ChAdOx1 vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) she’s working on to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talk 9: Protecting Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health, with Professor Alan Stein in conversation with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 24th June.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/laYyNumPQEA
Alan Stein from Oxford's Department of Psychiatry discusses his team’s work on the psychological implications of COVID-19.
Talk 10: Dexamethasone and the RECOVERY trials with Professors Horby and Landray
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 1st July.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/JHHPXLemaYQ
Hear from Professors Peter Horby and Martin Landray, about their ongoing search for treatments that can aid our fight against COVID-19.
Talk 11: An immune system for the body politic: Using social science to control COVID-19
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 8th July.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/fClFDd8ryqQ
Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, discusses insights from the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker.
Talk 12: Schools and the impact of COVID-19
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 15th July.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/6odh4LC2WJ0
Professor Harry Daniels and Associate Professor Ian Thompson from Oxford’s Department of Education discuss concerns around transitions back to school settings and possibilities for reconsidering the role of education.
Talk 13: Face masks work!
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 22nd July.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/IEvZhX3hQAw
Join Professor Melinda Mills, Director of the Centre, to hear more about the effectiveness of different face mask types and coverings, including an international comparison of policies and behavioural factors underlying usage.
Talk 14: Using mathematical models to plan interventions during epidemics
This talk was broadcast on Wednesday 29th July.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/Bar6KJKJNAE
Join Dr Robin Thompson, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, to hear more about mathematical modelling and how it can be useful at different stages of an infectious disease outbreak.