When a crisis such as that of COVID-19 arises, it is essential that all research organisations and Luxembourg Research institutions work together and collaborate. This is the spirit of the Research Luxembourg Group, which includes LIST, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), the University of Luxembourg, the Laboratoire National de Santé (LNS) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), all supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
LIST carries out a number of projects and activities, coordinated by the COVID-19 Task Force within Research Luxembourg, with the aim of providing relevant strategic advice and support to the Government in the current COVID-19 crisis. Find out more about these activities, broken down by theme:
LIST has set up a Cross-Functional Dashboard, which is designed to support decision-makers in crisis situations such as COVID-19, by offering them (1) a synthetic but nonetheless as complete as possible view of the current situation and (2) a means of visualising the impacts of different scenarios (scenario-based collective decision support system) in order to reach a compromise that takes into account the various trade-offs to be made. On the other hand, it aims to support researchers in refining their models, validating the underlying hypotheses and assessing the quality of the data they use.
Leslie Ogorzaly's team is on a real hunt for COVID-19 in Luxembourg's wastewater. Complementary to the clinical tests developed by its partners, the methodology developed by LIST is able to go back in time and track down the outbreaks of infection in Luxembourg in near-real time. The results obtained show a detection of SARS-CoV-2 in waste water as early as 24 February 2020.
LIST and Molecular Plasma Group (MPG) are teaming up to find a plasma-based method to decontaminate used masks and personal protective equipment in order to reuse them. The project also aims to create masks with antimicrobial/anti-viral coatings. LIST’s Environmental Research and Innovation department puts its extensive experience in validating antimicrobial treatments at the service of the project.