During these testing times it’s reassuring to hear about all of the hard work being done by the Churchill Community to both manage and inform about the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other work and achievements that have taken place. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.


Alumnus Dr Antonio D’Ammaro spoke to us about how his work has shifted from making a new drying system to making cost-effective ventilators to help in the fight against Covid-19.

Churchill Fellows Dr Jon Roozenbeek and Dr Sander van der Linden are behind a new online game that puts players in the shoes of a purveyor of fake pandemic news. They also co-authored a study which shows that poor numerical literacy is linked to greater susceptibility to Covid-19 fake news.

Past Fellow, Dr Stephen O’Rahilly (1992 – 2006) commented on how oestrogen may have a “protective effect” against Covid-19.

Alumnus Dr Colin Phoon, a paediatric cardiologist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, has been involved in research efforts to characterise paediatric and adolescent patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19, with an emphasis on cardiac involvement in children.


Economist Professor Diane Coyle has written a piece looking at how economists and policyholders can unlock the productivity puzzle.

Research led by our Fellow and Associate Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute, Professor Giovanna Mallucci, has discovered that cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia.

Alumnus Anup Singh, along with his son Keshav and some recent Guyanese graduates, has launched a new initiative in Guyana called Unity.GY, to help significantly improve access to academic assistance and development to disadvantaged youths.

We will continue to keep you informed of all of the work being done by the Churchill College Community. If you have any news you would like to share, please get in touch by emailing comms.manager@chu.cam.ac.uk.