05 July 2022




On Tuesday 5th July 2022 the CO Research Trust held the first ever CO Research Conference at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster in London.

CORT Research Conference 2022

The Conference was a full-day in-person event open to anyone who has an interest in improving awareness and understanding of CO exposure.

See below for the agenda of the Conference. Alternatively, you can download a pdf of the full agenda at the bottom of this page as well as find links to videos of the event.

Agenda for day one of CO Research Conference
Agenda for day one of CO Research Conference

The event provided the opportunity to review the research that has been carried out to date, as well as look at projects that are currently in progress.

The event was attended by researchers, academics, industry professionals, organisations and charities who discussed the key challenges and focus on the priorities for the future of research.

Lab work

The full event was filmed. The videos from each session can be found below.

Opening address from Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair of the CO Research Trust. Session one ‘Improving Diagnoses of CO Poisoning’, chaired by Professor Shirley Price.

Session 2 ‘Treatments and Therapeutics’ chaired by Isabella Myers

Session 3 ‘Comorbidities and CO Exposure’, Chair Professor Rob Chilcott.

Session 4 ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups from CO Exposure’ Chaired by Professor Andy Shaw

To kick off the new grant application process for 2022/23, the Trust also ran a Sandpit event on Wednesday 6th July, at the same venue.

The aim of this event was to bring together any potential grant applicants to provide a forum for some free-thinking, to delve into the problems surrounding the research into CO.

Please find below the agenda for the Sandpit event on 6th July.

Agenda for Sandpit event on 6th July

The theme of both events focused on the following areas of CO research:

  • Improved Diagnosis - A critical area of research. Given the limitations of carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) it is essential that a new biomarker is found to make diagnosis easier, to ensure that those who need treatment receive it, and to make sure that all cases of CO exposure are identified, so a true picture emerges. This may include the development of new techniques, improved patient pathways, and improvements in the application of technology.
  • Better Treatments and Therapeutics - To improve the treatments and therapeutics for CO exposure, we need to better understand the mechanisms of CO poisoning, to review and build upon current methods, and to further explore the increased susceptibility and specific risks associated with vulnerable groups and those with underlying health conditions.
  • Understanding Vulnerable Groups, Co-Morbidities and Health Outcomes from CO Poisoning - It is generally thought that the elderly, children, pregnant women (and unborn child), people living in fuel poverty, and people with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to CO exposure. Similarly, it is important to understand the long-term outcomes of exposure on healthy individuals. To be able to develop policies and solutions to mitigate these risks, we need to increase our knowledge of the consequences of exposure.

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Download Conference Agenda

Download Agenda  CO Research Circle