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Letters Covid-19: RECOVERY trial

Rapid mobilisation of research in response to covid-19: a paradigm for the future

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 29 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2155
  1. Martin James, clinical professor1,
  2. Gary A Ford, professor of stroke medicine2,
  3. Thompson Robinson, professor of stroke medicine3,
  4. Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, professor of clinical neurology4
  1. 1Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK
  2. 2University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  3. 3University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  4. 4University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. martinjames{at}

As clinical researchers in stroke we applaud the rapid mobilisation of research into covid-19 in response to this new global threat.1 Nearly 100 urgent research studies in covid-19 have been approved over the past few weeks, many of them complex trials that would have taken months or years to start before the pandemic.2 This has been made possible, in part, by streamlined and proportionate regulation and approvals.

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