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The global "pandemic", the hard core of Queen's University

14/04/2020

Medical and nursing students stepped forward to fight the epidemic

Provide innovative cell therapy for COVID-19 critical patients

Many severe COVID-19 patients are accompanied by respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) symptoms, which can lead to respiratory failure in severe cases. Professors Danny McAuley and Cecilia O'Kane use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) therapy to conduct clinical trials in critically ill patients to fight infection and repair damaged tissues.

At present, the therapy has been recognized as a national emergency public health research project by the National Institutes of Health . Professor Alimuddin Zumla, a global coronavirus and infectious disease expert, said the therapy has great potential for saving the lives of COVID-19 patients .

More than 320 nursing students took the frontline of anti-epidemic

In the university, they are your classmates; when the epidemic situation comes, they are white soldiers on the front line of the fight against the epidemic. In the last year of the university, more than 320 Queen's University nursing and midwifery students volunteered to join the NHS , advance to medical positions, provide support for front-line clinical teams, and jointly fight against COVID-19.

Scientific research team conducts antiviral screening of half a million drug combinations

The medical team of Professor Ultan Power , a world virologist at Queen ’s University, and the team of Professor Ken Mills, a hematologist , use Queen ’s innovative drug screening and distribution technology to screen more than 500,000 existing drug combinations to select the appropriate antiviral and anti-inflammatory Drugs, drug testing in human lung tissue model.

Prior to the responsibilities, Queen ’s University took the heavy burden:

In danger! Queen's University looking for new treatment for new pneumonia

Academic

Set up a biosafety level 3 laboratory to ensure zero pollution in the experiment

In order to ensure the safety of COVID-19 research, Queen ’s University has set up a level 3 biosafety laboratory based on the level of biosafety (BSL) to do comprehensive safety precautions. It is equipped with two sets of automatic closing doors, and the wall and ceiling joints are fully sealed and used. Biological safety cabinet experiment, protective clothing for researchers, and inspection and signature by the National Health Service Executive.

PPE

Using university technology to provide NHS protective masks

The School of Pharmacy uses 3D printers that once made drug delivery systems and medical equipment to make protective masks. At the same time, the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is also intensively using laser cutting technology to produce protective masks to provide NHS with the required protective equipment as soon as possible .


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