15 projects

COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC PROGRAM POWERED BY AI

The aim of the project is to create a prototype of an integrated tele-medical system supporting comprehensive clinical decisions in the field of novel COVID-19. The project scope also includes significant research activities focused on utilising a variety of available multidisciplinary clinical and imaging data to enable the proposed system to go beyond supporting detection and diagnosis that is already possible by the existing methods. The problem undertaken in the project is the limitations related to the early diagnosis of the COVID-19, collection of epidemiological and statistical data ...

TraAct-DD - Track and Act with Data Donation #getout #stayout

Luxembourg is entering a gradual deconfinement phase. For this to be successful, it is critical that the country protect vulnerable people and build the trust of the population in going back to work, to school safely. It is also vital to identify asymptomatic COVID-positive patients and to wisely direct the (scarce) tests. If Luxembourg can manage this, epidemiological models indicate that a gradual release of the population may stem the pandemic and enable return to normal (#getout, #stayout). The ongoing debate at the government level indicates hesitation between blue-tooth tracing, ma...

COVID-19 and chronic diseases: national health care provider survey

COVID-19 is placing unprecedented pressures on healthcare systems. The current declared pandemic has urged healthcare professionals to reorganise profoundly their everyday practice while trying to maintain care for other patients. Since the 'lockdown' situation in Luxembourg, changes in the medical sector include the opening of advanced care centres, promotion of teleconsultations and restrictions on non-urgent health care. Pre-existing chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease are reported as being major risk factor for severe COVID-19 health outcomes (Jordan ...

Covid-19 related LOckdown: Shift in Exposures to neighbourhood environments and changes in Physic...

A lockdown state implies radical changes in our lifestyle, especially physical activity (PA), while PA plays a central role in maintaining an adequate health status, counteracting the negative consequences of numerous diseases. We aim to investigate the impact of lockdown (and quarantine) on PA patterns based on retrospective data. We will analyse the intra-individual changes in PA patterns of participants stratified in two specific subgroups of interest, namely positive cases and their household members as a result of the lockdown/quarantine measures in place, with respect to the partici...

Host genetics of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis creating severe disruptions across the economy and health system. Known risk factors for severe forms of COVID-19 disease include age, male sex, and comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Irrespective of these risk factors, some succumbing to the disease are previously healthy and relatively young. Hence, it has been hypothesized that the genetic background of the individuals might play a role in this differential immune response. In order to understand the role of genetics in COVID-19 immune response, the internat...

CORONASTEP+ - The value of sewage surveillance to provide new insights on the circulation of SARS...

Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the etiologic agent of the current COVID-19 pandemic, is accompanied by excretion of the virus in the feces. Therefore, we assume that the quantification of SARS CoV-2 in sewage allows the prevalence of infections in the population to be monitored by wastewater-based epidemiology, particularly when clinical trial capacity is limited. The overall objective of the CORONASTEP+ project is to determine to which extent SARS-CoV-2 is present in domestic wastewater and to determine how far wastewater monitoring can be used to track and understand the circulation of SARS-...

A dynamic model of the COVID-19 tuned for different countries: a systems-biological tool for the ...

A dynamic model of COVID-19 epidemics recently developed (video: https://youtu.be/lbsqJ1_WvmE, model: https://jjj.bio.vu.nl/models/westerhoff1/simulate/, ref: https://medrxiv.org/cgi/content/short/2020.03.29.20045039v1) will be tuned for different countries to analyze the effect of different measures in the anticipation of next epidemics. Models will be available for online simulations at JWS Online (https://jjj.bio.vu.nl/models/westerhoff1/simulate/), and used for the development of computer tutorials for systems biological studies.

A unified web-based platform for viral phylogeny, proteomics and genomics research in real-time

We propose the development of an integrated web-based data exploration tool for genomics, proteomics, phylogeny, evolutionary and geographical data on SARS-CoV-2 samples from Luxembourg supporting researchers and physicians to gauge the potential impact of viral evolution on virulence and transmission dynamics but also the efficacy of molecular detection methods. Integrating different data sources and visualisation modes through a graphical web-interface will offer a unique perspective on the pathogen and serve as tools to assess potential imminent risks.

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