The PandemiX Center participates in a number of research projects, which are both internally and externally funded, just as the center's researchers participate in projects in collaboration with other research institutions in Denmark and abroad. Among the projects are:
Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pandemic Signatures - PandemiX
The overall research objective of PandemiX is to investigate the signature features of COVID-19 and pandemics of the past, to better understand both and to better prepare for future pandemics. When new diseases emerged, acquired immunity in the human population and evolutionary changes in the pathogens brought the ensuing pandemics to an end. We are an interdisciplinary research center that studies pandemics in all of their inherent complexity. PandemiX unites studies of the historical and contemporary record of experienced pandemics in a radically interdisciplinary environment.
PandemiX: A Quantitative study of historical and contemporary pandemics
With this research project we want to construct a comprehensive theory to explain how and why emerging epidemic diseases come and go, take off or disappear, and eventually melt into the larger pool of recurrent epidemic diseases. In doing so, we aim to reveal important insights into the major diseases that shaped human society and—crucially—help to prepare for future pandemic threats: the next Disease X.
Understanding immunity against SARS-CoV-2 in the general population: a seroprevalence study
The COVID-19 pandemic approaches its second wave peak in Denmark and vaccination programmes are soon to start. This study will investigate the build-up of immunity in the population during the first wave by studying seroprevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in Danish patients. This will help us understand age-specific immunity, dark-numbers and further develop surveillance strategies. This knowledge will help future mitigation strategies and help prepare for the coming spring.
NORDEMICS: Pathogens, Pandemics and the Development of Nordic Societies
This project aimes to create a Nordic interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to understanding how factors such as urbanization, increased trade and travel, large-scale migration, vaccines and other public health interventions, climate change and ecological degradation influence the dynamics of epidemic and pandemic infections in human populations. The consortium will systematically study historical health data to understand the patterns of spread and health impact of such diseases in the Nordic countries over the last 300 years.
Learn more about research projects in PandemiX Center at the Roskilde University Research Portal