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Our researchers are ready to progress innovative ideas and new hypotheses, contributing to national and international efforts to tackle coronavirus and develop healthcare solutions for the future.

We have already received funding for three clinical research trials from statutory and charitable sources and will seek to obtain further grants from these and other existing research funders.

But we need further support to accelerate and broaden our research and make the impact we wish.

Any gift you can offer will contribute to the scientific progress needed to alleviate the deathly impact of coronavirus and break social distancing measures to restore a sense of normality.

How your donations will help


We could expand the resources for learners globally on our online courses educating health professionals in managing Covid-19.


We could support one Category 3 laboratory with consumables and personal protective equipment for a month.


We could purchase a centrifuge dedicated to SARS-CoV2 research, equipment required in many different diagnostic and research protocols.


We could purchase a secure -80°C laboratory freezer, essential for storing the biological samples needed for research. 


We could provide the budget for research reagents for a scientist for 1 year.


We could purchase of a Class 1 cabinet to manipulate coronavirus samples safely within our specially equipped Category 3 laboratories.  


We could fund a postdoctoral researcher in immunology, virology or bioinformatics for a year to advance one of our Covid-19 research projects.

Why support St George's, University of London?

We are uniquely placed to deal with the current crisis and to use our expertise to improve the health of affected populations in the longer term. We share a site with one of the largest London hospitals treating patients with Covid-19, St George's Hospital, Tooting, and many of our academics hold clinical roles. Under the same roof, expertise is gained both through clinical care and in the lab, then coordinated in its application to research. Our strengths in translating research were recognised in the last Research Excellence Framework, through which we were ranked 4th in the UK for impact.

We have a long history of fighting, and defeating, infectious diseases. Health pioneers educated at St George's include Edward Jenner, who invented vaccination to fight smallpox, the only infectious disease affecting humans ever to have been completely eradicated from the planet. Today, St George's alumnus Sir Patrick Vallance is Government Chief Scientific Adviser, providing scientific guidance to the UK Government on the coronavirus outbreak. We are proud of the impact our alumni have made on improving health over generations.

A third of our Principal Investigators are now working on Covid-19 across our three research institutes:

Our  Institute for Infection and Immunity has been researching dangerous infectious diseases for years and has all the appropriate infrastructure in place to investigate viruses safely and securely.

Our  Population Health Research Institute is an internationally renowned research centre focusing on health in urban populations and how to improve it, with an established record for influencing national and global health policy.

Our Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute has wide expertise, with research spanning fundamental cell and molecular biology through to potential treatments of cardiovascular, inherited and neurological diseases. 

In our education activities, our taught programmes deliver knowledge and expertise which equip students to address the challenges raised by coronavirus

Our MSc Global Health, MSc Genomic Medicine and MRes Biomedical Science (antimicrobial resistance) equip students with understanding of the analysis, evolution, epidemiology and healthcare impact of global infectious diseases.

Our Masters programmes in Translational Medicine train self-reliant scientists in the development of new medicines, diagnostic tools and community health practices, enabling the translation of research findings from the laboratory bench to direct patient care.   

Global infectious disease is a core theme of our MRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and within this our students are working to develop new viral diagnostic tools, delivering valuable real-world impact from their studies. 

Any questions?

If you have any other questions or queries about how your donation can support research efforts into Covid-19 at St George's email us as


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