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 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...

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.


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...

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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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...