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Blog / News / Women in COG

24 Jan 2023

Snapshots of Women in the COVID-19 Genomics Consortium: Scientific Excellence During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Book

This book showcases the experiences not just of those interviewed for the monthly Women in COG interview series but also those that have helped to deliver the COG-Train global genomic...

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16 Jan 2023

The use of whole genome sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring

Between 2020 and 2022, over 50,000 COVID-19 samples were collected for sequencing from the population of Northern Ireland through national swab tests. To avoid becoming overwhelmed by the large number...


16 Dec 2022

A detailed look at the benefits of rapid SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequencing to inform infection control decisions

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for large-scale genomic sequencing that can be delivered at a pace to inform public health and infection control decisions. We spoke to Dr...

Blog / Events / Women in COG

7 Dec 2022

“I want to be able to push the boundaries all the time”: In conversation with Dr Sam Barrell, CBE

For the last edition of Women in COG, our Associate Director, Dr Katerina Galai, spoke to Dr Sam Barrell about her career as an accomplished healthcare leader, including her leadership...

Blog / COG Train

19 Nov 2022

“It was a great way to share my knowledge to something that could contribute to a better world”: speaking with COG-Train course’s Organisers

COG-Train delivered the Viral Genomics and Bioinformatics Virtual Course for scientists based in Asia, between 22-26 August 2022, in collaboration with the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Savitribai...

Blog / COG Train / Events / Women in COG

17 Nov 2022

“The pandemic allowed me to build a network that I had always dreamed of”: In conversation with Professor Mariana Viegas

During the peak of the pandemic Professor Mariana Viegas (Professor of Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Exact Sciences of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina), saw an opportunity...

Blog / Events / Women in COG

7 Nov 2022

“You don’t have to be a Professor at a top university to contribute”: In conversation with Dame Kate Bingham

Professor Sharon Peacock was in conversation with Dame Kate Bingham for our October Women in COG edition, where they discussed her experiences of leading the UK Vaccine Taskforce, the importance...

Blog / COG Train

4 Nov 2022

“There are so many lessons from the pandemic”: Hear from global experts on why strengthening genomic surveillance approaches is critical for the future

A key lesson resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of strong and agile genomic surveillance capabilities globally, to be able to react at pace to public health threats....

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13 Oct 2022

How the COVID-19 pandemic and viral genomic sequencing could change the UK’s approach to infection control

Throughout the pandemic, genome sequencing has identified SARS-COV-2 Variants of Concern that can evade our immune system. We spoke to Professor Emma Thomson, Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases at the...


7 Oct 2022

Genomic surveillance at the point of sequencing offers huge potential to improve our response to emerging infectious diseases

The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated why we need sophisticated genomic surveillance processes in place to identify Variants of Concern quickly and efficiently. We spoke to Dr Matthew...


4 Oct 2022

Viral sequencing could be key in managing hospital-acquired infection rates as we learn to live with COVID-19

At the height of the pandemic, hospitals were shown to play a considerable role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Professor Judith Breuer and her team at University College London set...

Blog / COG Train

28 Sep 2022

Providing equitable genomic training globally: A recap from the Asia Pacific Advanced Network Workshop

In collaboration with Wellcome Connecting Science (WCS), the COG-Train programme organised the "Equity in training and capacity building for genomics and global health" workshop, which was held as part of...