Dear Alettas,

Needless to say, it's a strange world we live in today. The new coronavirus pandemic is upending life as we know it. 

Aletta's public health network is not sitting still these times. In this newsletter, we bring you up to date with all corona-related initiatives at Aletta.

COVID-19 research UMCG, Lifelines, UG, AJSPH 

This week, large-scale research into the risk factors for the coronavirus COVID-19 is being started in the Northern Netherlands. To this end, around 135,000 Northern residents will receive a weekly questionnaire in the coming period. Their answers will be linked to data from the Lifelines biobank to identify both hereditary and environmental factors that partially determine whether someone may fall seriously ill due to the coronavirus or simply develop mild symptoms.
Read the press release

Aletta corona blogs

The corona pandemic affects everyone, and researchers within the Aletta network can all reflect on the pandemic and its effects from their own expertise. On our website, we collect blogs in which various researchers talk about how this pandemic affects their scientific discipline.
COVID-19 response: Wake up and be quick!
According to Aletta coordinator and medical microbiologist Alex Friedrich, the Coronavirus will spread for at least another year and a half, because no vaccine will be available sooner. Friedrich provides his view of the situation.

Necessity knows no law?
How does the Netherlands deal with the Coronavirus from a legal perspective? Brigit Toebes, Aletta coordinator and Professor of Health Law in International Perspective, looks at this crisis from her expertise.
Read more blogs

Aletta corona news

On the Aletta Corona webpage we also collect news items, videos and articles about the Corona virus that researchers from our network have contributed to.

Corona map ('Corona in Kaart')

This application provides a clear overview of the number of COVID-19 patients (registered infections) per municipality in the Netherlands.

This map was commissioned by the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, developed by the Geodienst in collaboration with Merkator.

SSH COVID-19 experts

Various Aletta's researchers have been nominated by their faculty deans and have been taken up on the list of experts for the Dutch Social Science and Humanities COVID-19 portal.

This portal aims to consolidate and organize the SSH expertise across the Dutch universities in a publicly available national portal, ensuring fast and direct access to academic experts.
Read more corona news with Aletta researchers

Scientific Task Force

The UMCG and UG have joined forces in setting up the Scientific Corona Task Force. This interdisciplinary group of researchers will work on the scientific questions this crisis raises. They bring together the various activities and research projects that are currently running and will be set up, in order to keep everyone up to date and make connections between different projects.

The Task Force works on clinical solutions and medicines, as well as on the social, ethical, legal and systems aspects of the situation. 
Read more about the Scientific Taskforce
Apply to perform Covid-related research
Are you planning on performing Covid-19-specific research that requires access to facilities and resources at the UMCG? A special committee is evaluating all current applications and will advise the Dean of the UMCG, who is capable of providing special permission to work on this subject in the lab. Click here for more information. 
Global PsyCorona study 
A team of more than 30 psychologists from around the world launched the global PsyCorona study to investigate the psychological impact of COVID-19. Currently we expand our large global sample quickly to help in the COVID-19 fight. We hope to combine psychological data with public testing data to predict the virus spread and invite all other sciences to contribute. Click here for more information.
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