ORCHESTRA: Connecting European Cohorts to Increase Common and Effective Response to SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
ORCHESTRA is a three-year international research project aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic, led by Prof. Evelina Tacconelli of the University of Verona and involving 26 partners (which extends to 37 partners when considering the wider network) from 15 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Congo, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Venezuela).
Professor Michael Hoelscher, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University Hospital of LMU Munich and his team are part of this project as co-leader of the work package “Population-based cohorts” and member of the work package “healthcare workers cohorts”. Together with INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France), and further partners, the LMU University Hospital Munich is collaborating on an analysis of clinical and epidemiological, socio-economic, environmental and feasibility data from studies carried out in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Romania, Slovakia, and India.
About the ORCHESTRA project
The project budget is close to 20 million euro which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the ERAvsCORONA Action Plan which was developed jointly by Commission services and national authorities to tackle the pandemic.
Rarely has there been such an urgent need for evidence-based innovative and rapid solutions to deal with health and health-related emergencies.
The ORCHESTRA project aims to respond to this need through the creation of a new pan-European cohort built on existing and new large-scale population cohorts in European and non-European countries.
In coordination with the European Commission, the ORCHESTRA team consults with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in particular when it comes to making available data in real time that can be of value for shaping the continuously evolving public health and vaccine strategies.
Ultimately, in addition to providing much needed answers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the project provides an opportunity to learn lessons from the present crisis in order to be better prepared in case of future public health threats of similar dimensions and proportions.
Source: Press Release by the ORCHESTRA Consortium, 03 December, 2020
The ORCHESTRA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016167. The views expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.