About us

Find out more about the consortium and our role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

About the COG-UK Consortium

A welcome from our Executive Director and Chair, Professor Sharon Peacock

Welcome to the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium website. We hope it provides an informative and engaging platform to find out more about the consortium’s incredible work in generating SARS-CoV-2 sequences and analysis to support the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our achievements to date, both in the volumes of data produced and the impact on human health, have far outpaced anything we thought possible when setting up the consortium in April 2020. By mid-January 2021, COG-UK had sequenced more than 200,000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes, provided data on viral transmission and introduction in care homes, universities, hospitals and through international travel, enabled the tracking and analysis of viral variants and developed freely available bioinformatics and data sharing tools.

The key to our success has been the breadth, quality and sheer hard work of the partners making up the collaboration: the four Public Health Agencies of the UK, numerous academic institutional partners across the four nations, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and diagnostic laboratory partners including the Lighthouse Labs and multiple NHS laboratories.

Underpinning all our activities have been our shared values of transparency, open access data release and collaborative working between public health, research and the NHS. Our mission as a research network is to provide the knowledge and expertise to set up UK-wide SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and analysis, and then to pass this know-how on to Public Health Agencies to enable the creation of a national pathogen genomics service.

As we embark on the knowledge transfer stage of the consortium’s lifecycle we will refresh our research priorities to maintain our unique contribution to research and development.

We hope that you will find all the information you need on the website, but if not, please do not hesitate to get in contact and we will direct you to the appropriate person or information source.

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COG-UK Consortium

SARS-CoV-2 Genomics for Public Health: our scope, analysis and highlights