Duration of the project
The duration of the project is 3 years, starting in January 2018 and ending in December 2020.
Surveillance assessment, food purchase data, evaluation modelling, syndromic surveillance, spatial risk mapping
Zoonotic foodborne diseases are very common in the EU and constitute a serious challenge for public health, and an economic challenge for society as well as the agricultural and food industry sectors. Surveillance of zoonotic agents and diseases forms the basis for understanding and reducing the disease burden both within the veterinary and medical sectors. This project, abbreviated NOVA, strives to develop new surveillance tools and methods and to harmonise and optimise the use of existing surveillance system data. The project group consist of a network of 19 Med and Vet institutions from 10 European countries. The project is divided into five scientific work packages (WPs), where each WP consists of a series of individual projects conducted under a common research umbrella, plus an administrative WP.
The topics of the three targeted research umbrellas are:
- Syndromic Surveillance: to develop and implement tools to advance methods for real-time and near-real-time detection of early outbreak signals using existing surveillance data sources, or combined analysis of different data sources.
- Spatial risk mapping: to advance the use of geographical mapping and analysis for understanding zoonotic disease risks to farm animals and humans.
- Food purchase data: Create methods to acquire and analyse (large) datasets from food purchases from consumers and institutions, in order to develop the novel field of understanding of risks for sporadic disease and outbreaks via patterns in the food that we buy.
The two integrative or overarching research umbrellas concern:
- Mathematics and Economy: To develop advanced mathematical modelling tools for better analysis of existing surveillance data, with a particular aim of conducting cost-effect analyses.
- Terminology, data sources and barriers: within a One Health perspective, to define common surveillance concepts, locate and make use of available data sources and understand impediments in the use of surveillance data and tools that may exist in some countries or sectors.
During the design phase of the NOVA concept, we have tried to involve a broad spectrum of scientist and to take a fresh look at both existing and novel methods and data sources in an innovative way. We expect that NOVA, through its collaborative structure, will help advance the use of modern surveillance principles across Europe and that the outcomes developed will have practical and cost-saving impacts on how surveillance of existing and emerging zoonotic agents is being conducted within the EU.Duration of the project.