By combining knowledge of the epidemiology of infectious diseases and mathematical and computational modeling, the Health Emergencies Center develops quantitative epidemiology methods to strengthen epidemiological surveillance in three stages: systematic collection of relevant data (health and other); data analysis and synthesis; dissemination of results.
As part of the FBK mission, which aims to achieve results of scientific excellence and to produce an impact on society, the Health Emergency Center aims to develop basic epidemiological research to increase knowledge on the main factors that regulate the transmission of infectious diseases, developing methods - mainly based on mathematical and computational modeling - to provide information to decision makers in order to improve preparedness, prevention and response to health emergencies caused by communicable diseases.
In 2021, the Center will focus its research and scientific publications on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and will further as well studies on vector-borne diseases with the VESTEC project. Among tits main collaborations, the one with the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the Italian National Institute of Health, and the FBK-FEM EPILAB Joint Research Unit, which combines skills in quantitative epidemiology (FBK) and laboratory and field research (FEM).
The center is also part of ZIKAlliance, an international consortium for research on the ZIKAV virus, with a specific focus on its effects on pregnancy and on the natural environment where it developed.