Blue Brain and COVID-19

In March 2020, EPFL’s Blue Brain Project launched a resource site for projects on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and made its technical and human resources and expertise available to hospitals, COVID-19 researchers and decision-makers to help tackle the immense global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Over the years, Blue Brain has created a powerful supercomputing infrastructure and has a large team of uniquely skilled informaticians, modelers, mathematicians, computer scientists, programmers and technical support staff.

These resources have been instrumental in two key projects to date.

Academic Resources Platform for COVID-19
A new open source technology for unconventional supply relief in the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond

When the full-scale effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to be understood in early 2020, the EPFL Blue Brain Project and ETH Zurich, as part of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force, began collaborating with Spiez Laboratory on an online Platform – Academic Resources for COVID-19 (ARC).

 In a paper published in Frontiers for Public Health, the authors explain how the ARC Platform was set up to be a service to support Swiss diagnostic laboratories that are testing for SARS-CoV-2. The ARC Platform matched requests for critical equipment, reagents and consumable goods required by Swiss diagnostic laboratories involved in combating COVID-19 with supplies available from Swiss academic groups. Since then, with further input from Swiss startup Apptitude SA, the Platform has evolved with the needs of the epidemiological situation and the technology has been open sourced with the purpose to serve public health as a response solution for other countries and communities in the current COVID-19 crisis or in future crises.

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Diagnostic Implementation Simulator for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics

The Diagnostic Implementation Simulator for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics simulates scenarios for optimal allocation of resources. It uses modeling data to estimate the potential impact of deploying different testing strategies for COVID-19.

The simulator has been developed in collaboration with FIND, the Blue Brain Project and Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, the Philippines and was supported by funding from Unitaid.

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Click here to access the Simulator –
Going into 2021, Blue Brain Project is continuing to offer its skills in gathering, organizing, analyzing and visualizing big data to facilitate any on-going research initiatives. Applicants can be from anywhere in the world – click here for our call for collaboration.
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