PharmaCast: The Wastewater Surveillance Project

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- Professor Jenny McKinley, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor John McGrath, School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast
- Dr Deirdre Gilpin, School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast
- Dr Dan Corbett, School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast

One of the most-remembered experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic was undoubtedly the regular testing which we had to undertake whether we had symptoms of the infection or not, and before we'd see family, friends, or enter into populated environments - whilst this activity was unavoidable and absolutely necessary, it certainly wasn't enjoyable, and failed to provide us with a full picture of how the disease was spreading through the population, or the way in which it was doing so. During the pandemic, researchers at Queen's University Belfast came together to develop an innovative approach which allowed coronavirus levels to be detected via analysis of our wastewater, providing a wealth of information to public health agencies and beyond, and allowing for early and decisive action to be taken to prevent further spread. 
Original languageEnglish
PublisherQueen's University Belfast
Media of outputOnline
Size42 min 37 sec
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2023


  • Research
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Wastewater
  • Pharmacy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Geography
  • Public health


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