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MRC CMM Co-Director Prof. Adilia Warris is deputy PI for the BRACE trial (BCG vaccination to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers)
The BRACE trial aims to recruit 10,000 healthcare workers who work in a healthcare setting or have face-to-face contact with patients in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Brazil. The results of this trial will help us find out whether, in current and future novel viral outbreaks, BCG vaccination could be used as an early intervention to protect healthcare workers and other high-risk groups. In the UK, the trial is a collaboration between Exeter Medical School’s Clinical Trials Unit and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care here in University of Exeter is the principal investigator in the UK for the BRACE trial, with Professor Adilia Warris, Co-Director of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology and Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, as deputy principal investigator. The study is being run by the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit working in collaboration with the Exeter NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility. We are recruiting community based healthcare workers, including primary care based healthcare workers and care home staff who are able to attend our three recruitment centres in Exeter (initially), and in due course with planned recruitment taking place in and around Keele.
To find out who can take part and to hear Prof. John Campbell and Prof. Nigel Curtis explain more about the trial, please visit the BRACE webpage.
Date: 15 October 2020