Research Theme Q&A

Q&A with microphone held outOur understanding of COVID-19, and how it interacts with the immune system, continues to develop at a fast pace. While this is good and means we can take new, effective steps to overcome the pandemic, it can be hard to keep up with what we do know about the virus, its effects on the body, and what we can do to prevent or treat it.

In collaboration with our PPI Panel, we have asked our research theme leads to answer some of the most common questions people may have about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2. Click through below to learn more.

The answers given will be reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the most up to date understanding, and further questions may be added over time.


Theme 1: Primary Immunity

Professor Tracy Hussell, University of Manchester


Theme 2: Protective Immunity

Professor Paul Klenerman, University of Oxford


Theme 3: Immunopathology

Professor Paul Kaye, University of York


Theme 4: Cross-reactive coronavirus immunity

Professor Mala Maini, University College London

Sub-theme Lead: Dr Thushan De Silva


Theme 5: Immune evasion

Professor Paul Lehner, University of Cambridge