National Wastewater Epidemiology Surveillance Programme
This National Wastewater Epidemiology Surveillance Programme (N-WESP) project led by Dr Andrew Singer of UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is tasked with developing a standardised UK-wide system for detecting and quantifying SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations. This large research programme includes experts who are developing or optimising sampling and concentration techniques, RT-qPCR quantification, normalisation, RNA sequencing, and scientific modelling methods to help guide government agencies and scientists across the UK who are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The work will inform the UK national surveillance programmes recently announced by Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
Academic staff:Prof David Graham (School of Engineering) Researchers:Dr Marcos Quintela Baluja (School of Engineering) and Dr Kelly Jobling (School of Engineering) Contact:email@example.com Sponsor: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Partners: UKCEH and the universities of Bangor, Bath, Edinburgh, Cranfield, Lancaster, Oxford, and Sheffield, plus the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Start Date: 2020 End Date: 2021