20 projects

Evaluation of the risk factors to COVID-19 among the population 50+

In this project, we aim to evaluate the relationship between characteristics of the individuals aged 50 and above and their vulnerability to COVID-19. Although individuals aged 50+ do not represent the entire population, they have been identified as the most vulnerable group to COVID-19. We will start the analysis by studying the composition of this population group in Luxembourg (in terms of well-known and potential risk factors). As a next step, we will do the same exercise for other European countries to better understand the diversity in the prevalence of risk factors across countries a...

The new breathing therapy method based on short-term intermittent exposure to hypoxia in rehabili...

The current worldwide healthcare focus is on countering acute COVID-19 effects in emergency care patients. However, two distinct SARS-CoV-2 syndrome phases have been already identified: while the first acute phase is characterised by a prevalent respiratory syndrome, the second one which accompanies gradual respiratory syndrome recovery is marked by a prolonged bed rest syndrome and invasive mechanical ventilation sequelae. This means that following the acute infection stage, worldwide health services will have to cope with the significant secondary issue, namely large numbers of patients...

Spatio-temporal simulation of COVID-19 spread using a coupled diffusion-SEIRD model

The recent worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a surge of interest in the modeling and simulation of infectious disease outbreaks. One particular reason of interest is the prediction of the geo-localization of the spikes of the outbreak to allocate promptly medical resources. Classical compartment models based on the Susceptible-Infected-Recovered (SIR) dynamics and their extensions, generally include the space dependence by a discretization of the region of interest related to the geopolitical compartments (counties, provinces, states, countries). In this project, we aim to develop ...

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...

Covid-19, Politics and Religion

The proposed interdisciplinary research will elaborate on the impact of COVID-19 on the social operation of religion at a Luxembourgish and European level. The research is divided in a theoretical and an empirical part. The theoretical part aims at identifying the place of religion as an element within the dominant discourse on COVID-19.The empirical approach will explore the potential changes in religiosity after COVID-19, as well as their possible reflection in party politics. In particular, it will explore the following research themes: a) The possible effect of COVID-19 on public opi...

COVoiceID - Identification of COVID-19 from Voice

COVoiceID project proposes a machine learning based system that will use patient's voice and cough to detect repeating patterns, with the aim to discriminate between voices of healthy individuals and COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is a respiratory condition, affecting breathing and voice, and causing, among other symptoms, dry cough, sore throat, excessively breathy voice and typical breathing patterns. These are all conditions that can make patients' voice distinctive, creating recognizable voice signatures. The ability to successfully identify COVID-19 patients from their voice will heavily...

EICEL: Effects & Impulses of COVID-19 on/for teaching development in Luxembourg

EICEL will investigate the effects of the distance learning period (as a COVID-19 prevention measure) in Luxembourgish schools on pupils, teachers, and families with regard to teaching and learning arrangements from an interdisciplinary perspective. The overall goal is to adapt and develop innovative teaching and learning practices and specific pedagogical methods of a digitally supported learning culture in Luxembourg. It will give essential impulses to teaching development for the 21st century for Luxembourg and beyond, in order to help reducing educational inequalities and to cope with t...

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 with Open Banking API

According to the health authorities , due to the highly contagious potential of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 desease), the formal preventive quarantine has been replaced by an isolation strategy early March. However, such strategy cannot last for an undetermined period of time, since there is no concrete date for releasing a vaccine or discovering an effective medicine. The return of people to normal activities will probably happen gradually, but still it will create a new potential peak of cases if not made carefully. Thus, a post-isolation strategy needs to be well planned as the next phase....

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