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Research staff begin working on new COVID-19 study

Research staff from NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (CRF) are being deployed onto the wards at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to start using a new test for a research trial into COVID-19.

SAMBA IICOVIDx, a study supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, aims to investigate the impact of two new tests for COVID-19 on delivering faster diagnoses and understanding the development of immunity following infection. The first part of the study will evaluate the accuracy of the new SAMBA II-based test and whether it speeds up the diagnosis of COVID-19 in a ‘real-time’ hospital setting at the point of care.

The second part will investigate a point of care finger prick ‘antibody’ test of the blood, to determine how quickly markers of immunity appear following infection and a positive SAMBA test. These antibody tests will be important for understanding which patients and staff have already had the infection, and may be safe to return to work following recovery.

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Published April 21, 2020

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