In October 2019, the ARCs were renamed from CLAHRCs and ARC East Midlands was given the responsibility of being a national ARC lead for research in multiple long term conditions and equality, diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups. Just a few months later, ARC East Midlands rose to this challenge during a time of international crisis.
Within weeks of the start of the national lockdown imposed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Director, Professor Kamlesh Khunti, became one of the first to spot signs of a disproportionate impact of the virus on those from ethnic minority communities. As more evidence emerged to support this concerning trend, ARC East Midlands responded to its national brief. The team led a programme of work to address COVID 19 and ethnic disparities.
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