Coronavirus information and guidance

Expert advice

Research staff from the School of Medicine are providing their expertise during the Covid-19 pandemic to a range of groups, committees and public forums.

 Researcher Advising
Dr Muge Cevik

Dr Muge Cevik

The Scottish Government | NHS Lothian | World Health Organisation (WHO) | CMO Scotland | ISARIC NERVTAG

  • Provides scientific input to the Chief Medical Officer Scotland and advisory groups on recent scientific developments on Covid-19, also providing summaries to CMOs and DCMOs, in England, Wales and Ireland.
  • Consultancy on risk communication and the EPI-WIN platform which has been newly created to manage the “infodemic” of misinformation circulated around the current pandemic.
  • Working closely with the ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium) to implement Covid-19 related clinical studies in low middle-income countries.
  • Part of the CORRE Network (Covid-19 International Rapid Evidence Reviews Group) working towards providing rapid reviews for governments and the WHO.
  • Part of the infectious diseases team COVID19 at NHS Lothian.
  • Serves on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) 
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Prof David Crossman

Prof David Crossman

The Scottish Government | Chief Scientist Office

  • Vice Chair of the Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group
  • Chief Scientist, Health for Scotland
  • Covid-19 Weekly NRS Call
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board on Testing
  • DHSC/UKRI Covid-19 Rapid Response Review Panel
  • DACDOT Strategy Testing Group
  • TTIS Operational Board UK
  • Covid-19 Antibody Diagnostics Taskforce
  • CMO Advisory Board
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Dr Devesh Dhasmana

Dr Devesh Dhasmana


  • Created the COVID-FASTER Consortium - a group of NHS Fife clinicians and Academics from the School of Medicine tackling the key themes of Covid over the next 12-month period.
  • Supporting the 'Validation of Antibody Test for Covid-19' project led by Prof Rick Randall. 
  • Supporting UK-wide Covid study, ISARIC - observational study looking at developing immunity.
  • Provides advice to the Covid-19 operations group group of the University, including a “Meet the Expert” session for staff and for students. 

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Prof Stephen Gillespie

Prof Stephen Gillespie

Urgent Public Health, NIHR Committee - National Institute for Health Research Public Health Microbiology Group -  Public Health Scotland | Speciality Group - National Health Service Scotland Research | Lead Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology -  Health Protection Scotland (HPS) | Serology Strategy Group - Chief Scientist Office

  • Participating in the NIHR urgent public health NIHR review process.  Reviewing studies being given priority for action in the present emergency notably Covid-19 therapeutic and vaccine research.
  • Provides advice directly to the Chief Science Officer writing papers on diagnostics strategy, sequencing strategy and serological testing strategy.
  • Member of the Serology Strategy Group
  • Providing advice to clinical colleagues performing clinical trials and being available to answer queries from commercial entities wishing to work with the Scottish NHS.
  • Member of the Review Panel for the Office of the Chief Scientist Officer (Medicine), reviewing applications for their urgent response to Covid-19 call.
  • Provides advice to the Covid-19 incident management group of the University, delivering staff engagement through a “Meet the Expert” session for staff and for students.
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Prof Matthew Holden

Prof Matthew Holden

Public Health Microbiology Group, Public Health Scotland | Chief Scientist Office

  • Member of The Virology Laboratory Cell and the Enhanced Surveillance Cell groups for Public Health Scotland.
  • Involved in the integration and implementation of Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium SARS-CoV2 genome sequencing into PHS for public health benefit, and supporting COG-UK in their activity in Scotland with access to samples and data, representing (PHS) in COG-UK.
  • Member of Covid-19 NHS Partners Steering Group, building testing SARS-CoV-2 capacity in Scotland in academic hubs
  • Member of CSO Scottish Testing Oversight Group, providing advice to the Chief Scientist.
  • Member of CNO Covid-19 Nosocomial Review Group, providing advice to the Chief Nursing Officer.
  • University’s NHS Clinical Coordination Group.
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Dr Derek Sloan

Dr Derek Sloan

NHS Fife | Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy, World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • Part of the Hospital Control Team and NHS Fife Scientific Technical and Advisory Cell for public health management of the local outbreak.
  • National clinical trial that aims to identify treatments that may be beneficial for people hospitalised with confirmed Covid-19.
  • Consultancy on risk communication and the EPI-WIN platform which has been newly created to manage the “infodemic” of misinformation circulated around the current pandemic.
  • Part of Clinical Reference Group supporting the clinical model for set-up of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital at the SEC in Glasgow, to provide additional capacity for Covid patients in Scotland.
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