Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

In response the novel coronavirus emergency, the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) has activated its Clinical Characterisation Protocol (CCP) for emerging infections in England and Scotland.

Coronavirus © Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

The Clinical Characterisation Protocol (CCP) was prepared for just such an emergency. It provides an ethically approved framework for enrolling patients to a clinical study which will offer new insights into this emerging global threat.

The CCP facilitates the collection of standardised clinical data and samples on patients hospitalised with suspected or confirmed infection with novel coronavirus. This will inform the outbreak response and patient care, not just in the UK but internationally. With novel coronavirus patients now identified in the UK, the UK health research community is well-prepared to advance our understanding of this disease.

The Chief Investigator for the UK CCP is Professor Calum Semple at the University of Liverpool. The development of the CCP was led by Dr Kenneth Baillie at the University of Edinburgh. The CCP study is sponsored by the University of Oxford and ISARIC’s Global Support Centre is hosted by the University of Oxford. ISARIC’s Members have developed the CCP over a number of years.

The CCP is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is now open to enrolment in NHS Trusts, including the network of high-containment clinical facilities where patients with novel coronavirus will be admitted in the early stages of the disease in the UK.

ISARIC is a global federation of clinical research networks, providing a proficient, coordinated, and agile research response to outbreak-prone infectious diseases. ISARIC’s mission is to generate and disseminate clinical research evidence for outbreak-prone infectious diseases, whenever and wherever they occur.

ISARIC is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the UK Department for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Similar stories

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert delivers 44th Dimbleby Lecture

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Saïd Professorship of Vaccinology, Jenner Institute & Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, delivered the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture, named after the late broadcaster, Richard Dimbleby.

Com-COV2 study supports flexible second dose options following Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs

Following up first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines with second doses of the Moderna or Novavax jabs will generate robust immune responses against COVID-19, according to researchers running the University of Oxford-led Com-COV study.

Meta must do better - data from social media giant essential to mental health research

People are rightly sceptical about scientific discoveries made in secret or without scrutiny. And anyone claiming to have found a new planet with a toy telescope, would not be taken seriously. Recent leaks of internal Facebook research on the mental health of children and young people have caused a great stir on both sides of the Atlantic.

New Oxford-GSK Institute to harness advanced technology and unravel mechanisms of disease

GlaxoSmithKline plc and the University of Oxford today announced a major five-year collaboration to establish the Oxford-GSK Institute of Molecular and Computational Medicine.

Oxford researchers honoured by British Society for Immunology

Four researchers from the University of Oxford have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to immunology with Honorary Lifetime Membership of the British Society for Immunology, with the awards being announced at the recent British Society for Immunology Congress held in Edinburgh.

Medical Sciences researchers scoop 2021 Times Higher Education Awards

Coronavirus researchers from across Medical Sciences have been honoured at the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.