COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium


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 major role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Professor Judith Breuer and her team at University College London set...

Events / Women in COG

4 Oct 2022

Women in COG: in Conversation with Dame Kate Bingham

On Thursday 27th October, at 12:15 – 13:00 BST, we will be hosting our ‘Women in COG’ event featuring Dame Kate Bingham, former Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce and Managing...

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...

Blog / COG Train

15 Sep 2022

“You realise how much you can achieve as part of a network” An educator’s perspective on COG-Train

COG-Train is an international educational initiative providing open-access learning in SARS-CoV-2 genomics. We spoke to Tracey Calvert-Joshua, an educator who took part in the third COG-Train online course.


9 Sep 2022

COG-UK message of condolence

Members of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium were deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and all...

Events / Women in COG

24 Aug 2022

Women in COG: in Conversation with Dr Mariana Viegas

On Thursday 10th November, at 13:15 – 14:00 BST, we will be hosting our next ‘Women in COG’ event featuring Dr Mariana Viegas, professor of clinical virology  at the Faculty...


17 Aug 2022

New research reveals how Omicron bypasses the human immune system

A new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians from across the UK has demonstrated that the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant is capable of significant evasion from neutralising antibodies....

White woman wearing a brown coat and a facemask, standing on public transport Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash


11 Aug 2022

Why the REACT programme provides a model for future pandemic responses

When the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, there were many unknowns about how SARS-CoV-2 would spread through the population. But what scientists did know was that effective surveillance...

Blog / COG Train / Events

21 Jul 2022

“We kept learners engaged in a virtual setting” – Our COG-Train educators tell us about their experience

COG-Train provides open-access learning in SARS-CoV-2 genomics and is facilitating an increase in global genome sequencing and analysis capacity, reducing sequencing inequality, and helping to enhance pathogen surveillance. With two...

Blog / Events / Women in COG

18 Jul 2022

“Never underestimate the importance of building strong relationships” – In conversation with Professor Emma Thomson

Professor Emma Thomson, OBE, is a Professor in Infectious Diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. We spoke to her during our June Women in COG event...

Blog / COG Train

14 Jul 2022

Bioinformatics for pathogen surveillance: Launching our third COG-Train online course

Launch of our third COG-Train online course "Making sense of genomic data: COVID-19 web-based bioinformatics". Explore the tools for web-based SARS-CoV-2 sequencing analyses and learn techniques to prepare data and...