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UniSR wins Horizon 2020 proposal for COVID-19 research

11 March 2020
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In "Coronavirus emergency", UniSR researchers are once again at the forefront: the Postgraduate School in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University participates in one of the 17 projects funded by the European Commission to support research on Covid -19, the pathology caused by the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

UniSR is within a partnership of 8 institutions in Europe (Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Italy) and China; the project, coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, DTU), is entitled "Three Rapid Diagnostic tests (Point-of-Care) for COVID-19 CoronaThree Rapid Diagnostic tests (Point-of-Care) for Coronavirus, improving epidemic preparedness, public health and socio-economic benefits" and it is funded for a total of approximately 3 million euros. The aim of the project is to develop rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 with the support of clinical, molecular and epidemiological analyzes on the spatio-temporal trend of the coronavirus epidemic.

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (with Prof. Carlo Signorelli, Professor of Hygiene, Prof. Anna Odone, Associate of Hygiene, and an additional human resource that will be recruited for the project) is responsible for the work package "Public health response and socio-economic impact": in such context, the socio-economic impact of the epidemic in Europe and in the world (in collaboration with Bocconi University) will be modeled and quantified , as well as the public health actions for the containment of spread of the virus, from an epidemiological point of view and from the organization of health services.

Prof. Signorelli declares:

"As a School of Specialization in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine we are happy with this great result that will give us the opportunity in the next three years to collaborate with important Italian and European partners in order to estimate not only the clinical, but also the social and economic impact of this extraordinary contingency that threatens to bring Europe to its knees".

Prof. Odone concludes:

"The Public Health discipline demonstrates its centrality in research on the development, implementation and evaluation of actions to face health emergencies".

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