ICRA participates in one of the research projects of excellence selected by La Marató de TV3 2020
The project Assessment of the spread of Covid-19 through wastewater epidemiology: typing, community screening and occupational risk (EPISARS), coordinated by Silvia Bofill from the UB, with the participation of Lluís Corominas, Carles Borrego and Álex Sánchez, from ICRA, and members of Eurecat, is one of the 36 scientific research projects of excellence selected for the Marató TV3 2020, with funding of 379,100€.
The mains goals of EPISARS is to provide new tools on key aspects of SARS-CoV-2 spreading to efficiently tackle our response to the current COVID-19 pandemics and to be prepared to upcoming threats caused by similar pandemic viruses.
Specific objectives of the project coordinated by the UB are: 1) to investigate the potential of SARS-CoV-2 WBE applied to precincts as an alternative to individual clinical testing; 2) to develop molecular
methodologies for approaching SARS-CoV-2 infectivity; 3) to improve public health management tools by assessing the occupational risk linked to SARS-CoV-2 environmental exposure; iv) to develop NGS and userfriendly tools for CoV typing and genetic analysis; 5) to investigate the role of livestock in SARS-CoV-2 transmission or as CoV reservoirs; 4) to obtain information on circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants in different
areas of Catalonia and population strata (cities, hospitals, elderly and university residences, schools, slaughterhouses/farms) evaluating potential pathogenesis and evolutionary aspects.
This project will contribute at short term to the control and prevention of the transmission of coronavirus, identification of emerging strains, surveillance of the virus circulation and the impact of the vaccine and will develop management tools to be prepared to upcoming epidemics.