COG-UK News and Events

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

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...

Blog / COG Train

24 Jun 2022

Maximising access to SARS-CoV-2 bioinformatics training: What are distributed classrooms?

COG-Train’s ambition is to provide high quality, open-access training across the world, on all aspects of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and bioinformatics. Key to this is having a model which supports a...

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Blog

22 Jun 2022

Development and deployment of a genome analysis tool to track seasonal human coronaviruses

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we have the ability to perform large-scale genomic surveillance of the SARS-CoV2 virus. Harnessing this capability could allow us to track and learn more...

Blog / COG Train

20 Jun 2022

Diaries of SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Training: in Conversation with COG-Train Educators

The recently launched COG-Train programme is an open-access educational initiative focused on providing impactful learning opportunities around SARS-CoV-2 genomics to a global audience. We spoke to two educators who took...

Blog / COG Train

25 May 2022

A shared vision of future pandemic preparedness: WHO’s 10-year strategy and the COG-Train Programme

WHO’s recently published global strategy for the genomic surveillance of pathogens offers a practical framework for future pandemic preparedness, which COG-Train is already starting to deliver on.

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Blog / COG Train

18 May 2022

Answering public health questions with testing and sequencing strategies. Learn more with our second COG-Train course ‘From Swab to Server’

How do sequencing experts decide upon their testing and analysis strategy? Our second COG-Train online course “From Swab to Server: Testing, Sequencing, and Sharing During a Pandemic” will take you...

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Blog / COG Train / Events / Videos / Women in COG

21 Apr 2022

“The coverage of our work re-ignited people’s interest in science” – in conversation with Dr Senjuti Saha

For our April Women in COG event, the team hosted a discussion with Dr Senjuti Saha, a molecular microbiologist who is currently Director at the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF)...

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Blog / COG Train

19 Apr 2022

Reflecting on the launch of our first COG-Train online course

Genome sequencing enabled the world to rapidly identify SARS-CoV-2, classify variants and develop diagnostic tests and other tools to help manage the outbreak, yet how genome sequencing and analysis works...

Blog / Events / Videos

13 Apr 2022

“An unprecedented collaborative effort”: How COG-UK and our partners came together to do something extraordinary

At home and internationally, COG-UK established itself as one of the leaders in genomic sequencing during the pandemic. Professor Sharon Peacock and Dr Katerina Galai reflect on their journey so...

Blog

7 Apr 2022

The crucial role of data linkage during the pandemic

A core part of any public health response – and especially one as fast-moving and far-reaching as the COVID-19 pandemic – requires a range of stakeholders in different locations to...