MATRIX

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The Project #MATRIX

Start: 1 January 2020
Duration: 3 Years
Domain: Integrative Activity
Keywords: One-Health Surveillance, Cross-disciplinary, Multi-sectorial, Foodborne pathogens, Emerging threats
Contact: Guido Benedetti (SSI)

MATRIX: Connecting dimensions in One-Health surveillance

MATRIX was an EU-co-funded project within the framework of the One Health European Joint Programme. It aimed to advance the implementation of One Health Surveillance in European countries, by identifying and extending existing cross-sectoral programmes including animal health, public health and food safety. By the end of 2022, 19 partner institutes from 12 European countries constituted the MATRIX Consortium.

Project Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts

MATRIX created solutions for European countries to support and advance the implementation of OHS, also known as the MATRIX Solutions for One Health Surveillance. They are:

  • OH-EpiCap Tool – an interactive tool to evaluate the capacities and capabilities for the OHS of a hazard of choice, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. Additionally, the tool allows the benchmarking of surveillance capacities and capabilities for comparison. More information is available here: OH-EpiCap tool flyer and OH-EpiCap tool user guide.
  • Roadmap to develop national OHS – a guideline that countries can use to develop OHS according to their needs and resources. The roadmap expanded the work of the OHEJP COHESIVE project and is available at https://www.ohras.eu/page/home – copy-paste this link in your browser.
  • Manual for OHS Dashboards – an online dashboard inventory and practical manual to facilitate the design and implementation of OHS dashboards using open-source tools. More information is available here: Dashboard Information Centre.
  • Guidelines and checklists:
    • An interactive guide to facilitate the development of multi-sectoral OHS frameworks from existing animal health, public health and food safety surveillance systems. A beta version is available here.
    • Best-practices to operationalize cross-sectoral collaborations with a focus on data collection, data sharing, data analysis, and the dissemination of surveillance results – available here.
    • A guide to design, implement, and evaluate official controls within the food safety sector using output-based standards – available here.

MATRIX also promoted and expanded:

The problem-oriented approach of the project was reflected in the creation of hazard-specific tracks to ensure that the MATRIX Solutions for One Health Surveillance were relevant to specific pathogens. In actuality, MATRIX meant “a frame of solutions and hazards”. The hazards were chosen based on the operational priorities of MATRIX partner institutes and their One Health relevance. They were Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter and emerging threats, including antimicrobial resistance, viruses and parasites.

MATRIX invited European institutes working in the animal health, public health and food safety sectors to consider the opportunity to adopt these solutions and to further build upon them. In addition to the manifold initiatives that project partners and work package leaders took to further disseminate their work, the MATRIX Consortium organized and delivered a series of seven webinars, the Solutions for One Health Surveillance in Europe webinars in 2022, to present the project’s outcomes to a variety of stakeholders (briefing note available).

The MATRIX webinar about the One Health Surveillance CODEX: The Knowledge Integration Platform (OHS Codex/KIP) is available to watch as a video here.

The Project Impact Brochure is available on Zenodo.

Project Assets

Rodríguez, A., Sacristán, C., Iglesias, I. & de la Torre, A. (2023). Salmonella assessment along the Spanish food chain: Likelihood of Salmonella occurrence in poultry and pig products is maintained across the food chain stages. Zoonoses and Public Health. 0019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/zph.13076

Rivers, S., Kochanowski, M., Stolarek, A., Ziętek-Barszcz, A., Horigan, V., Kent, A. J. & Dewar, R. (2023). A framework for the design, implementation, and evaluation of output based surveillance systems against zoonotic threats. Frontiers in Public Health. 11, 1129776. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1129776

Amato, L., Benedetti, G., Di Giuseppe, P., Hénaux, V., Lailler, R., Nordeng, Z., Scharffenberg, T. A. Z., Skjerdal, T. & Cito, F. (2023). Mapping food surveillance chains through different sectors. Frontiers in Public Health. 11, 1129851. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1129851

Rodríguez, A., Iglesias, I., de la Torre, A. (2022). Prioritisation tool for targeting the monitoring of veterinary pharmaceuticals in soils at national level: the case of Spain. European Journal soil sciences. 73(4), e13268. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13268

Swanson, D., Koren, C., Hopp, P., Jonsson, M.E., Rø,G. I., White, R. A., Grøneng, G. M. (2022). A One Health real-time surveillance system for nowcasting Campylobacter gastrointestinal illness outbreaks, Norway, week 30 2010 to week 11 2022. Euro Surveillance. 27(43): 2101121. Available at: https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2022.27.43.2101121

Sundermann, E. M., Correia Carreira G., Käsbohrer, A. (2021). A FSKX compliant source attribution model for salmonellosis and a look at its major hidden pitfalls. Food Modelling Journal. 2: e70008. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/fmj.2.70008

Sundermann, E. M., Nauta, M., Swart, A. (2021). A ready-to-use dose-response model of Campylobacter jejuni implemented in the FSKX-standard. Food Modelling Journal. 2: e63309. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/fmj.2.63309

D-WP0.1 – Data Management Plan – draft

D-WP0.2 – Data Management Plan – final

D-WP0.3 – Sustainability document

D-WP1.1 – Commonalities and differences of the different operational frameworks in animal health, public health and food safety

D-WP1.2 – Description of a common framework for One Health surveillance

D-WP1.3 – Report on the evaluation of the common framework using examples within the consortium

D-WP2.1 – Mapping of the surveillance chain for all hazard tracks, and cross-sectorial linkages

D-WP2.2 – Suggested best practices for multi-sectorial collaboration in order to achieve OHS

D-WP2.3 – Common framework of One Health Surveillance

D-WP3.1 – Report on output-based surveillance system selection methodology

D-WP3.2 – Combined report for all subtasks within the development of output-based metrics

D-WP4.1 – Selected set of criteria for evaluation of epidemiological capacities for One Health surveillance

D-WP4.2 – OH-EpiCap tool and tutorial

D-WP4.3 – Report on the implementation of the OH-EpiCap evaluation tool on several study cases.

D-WP5.1 – Requirement analysis for OHS roadmap

D-WP5.2 – OHS roadmap template

D-WP6.1 – User manual for construction and implementation of One Health dashboards using open-source tools

D-WP6.2 – A practical manual to the use of dashboards in One Health Surveillance practice, including recommendations for sustainability

M-WP3.1 – End of the first round of OHEJP projects

M-WP4.1 – Deployment of the OH-EpiCap survey tool in several European countries on study cases

M-WP5.1 – Knowledge-Platform Operational

M-WP6.1 – Dashboards operational within the pilot participating agencies

Project

Project Events

Kick-off meeting – 6-7 February 2020, Lisbon

Consortium meeting – 4 June 2020, online

Work Package Leader meeting – 16 July 2020, online

Consortium meeting – 1 October 2020, online

Work Package Leader meeting – 12 November 2020, online

Consortium meeting – 2-4 March 2021, online

Work Package & Hazard Track Leader meeting – 19 April 2021, online

Consortium meeting – 22 June 2021, online

Work Package & Hazard Track Leader meeting – 30 September 2021, online

Work Package, Task & Hazard Track Leader meeting – 17 November 2021, online

Consortium meeting – 22 November 2021, online

Work Package, Task & Hazard Track Leader meeting – 3 February 2022, online

Consortium meeting – 16-18 March 2022, Berlin and online

Work Package, Task & Hazard Track Leader meeting – 18 May 2022, online

Consortium meeting – 15 June 2022, online

Consortium & Final meeting – 20-22 September 2022, Copenhagen

Final operational meeting (full Consortium) – 15-17 November 2022, online

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