QUB awarded share of £7.2m to support vulnerable cancer patients affected by pandemic

  • Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) have been awarded share of a £7.2m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to support some of the world’s most disadvantaged people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dr Olinda Santin, senior lecturer at Queen’s has been given £219,959 to lead an international team of researchers in a project that will create a digital platform for people with cancer in Vietnam, to offer support and the information, psychological and social aspects that have an impact on patients and carers’ health.

    Dr Santin said: “It is vital for cancer patients and their informal carers to receive uninterrupted support; the pandemic has demonstrated the need for flexible, high-quality health services that can be delivered remotely.

    “We hope this research will provide patients and carers with a digital platform that will assist with the management and psychosocial impact of cancer.”

    RELATED: NI universities chosen to work with Cancer Research UK on next-generation cancer treatments

    Professor Andrew Thompson, UKRI’s International Champion added: “COVID-19 is demonstrating just how interconnected our world is and how our biggest challenges transcend rich and poor countries.

    To find lasting, sustainable solutions to the current pandemic and its aftermath, as well as to make us more resilient for the future, we require global thinking, the mobilisation of global expertise and a global response. That is exactly what these new projects provide.

    “Working together, researchers across the UK and the Global South are combining their knowledge and experience to develop innovative solutions to empower local communities to overcome the wide-ranging challenges created by COVID.”

    RELATED: QUB finds that certain gene can prevent cell death in colorectal cancer

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

    Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Sync NI? Email the editorial team for our consideration.

Share this story