COVID-19 Map of Hope

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06.04.2020 18:00

COVID-19 Map of Hope

Marietta Fuhrmann-Koch Kommunikation und Marketing
Universität Heidelberg

    An online map developed by Heidelberg University geoinformatics scientists in cooperation with physicians from Heidelberg University Hospital provides an overview of the global clinical research activities on coronavirus and its related respiratory disease COVID-19. Based on data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the “COVID-19 Map of Hope”, which is updated regularly, shows the countries and locations where related research is taking place as well as the areas of virus and disease control in which research is being conducted. Its main purpose is to facilitate the flow of public information and enable contacts between researchers. The map is available for free on the internet.

    Press Release
    Heidelberg, 6 April 2020

    COVID-19 Map of Hope
    Heidelberg geoinformatics scientists and physicians document worldwide clinical research on coronavirus

    An online map developed by Heidelberg University geoinformatics scientists in cooperation with physicians from Heidelberg University Hospital provides an overview of the global clinical research activities on coronavirus and its related respiratory disease COVID-19. Based on data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the “COVID-19 Map of Hope”, which is updated regularly, shows the countries and locations where related research is taking place as well as the areas of virus and disease control in which research is being conducted. Its main purpose is to facilitate the flow of public information and enable contacts between researchers. The map is available for free on the internet.

    "Scientists and physicians have immediately responded to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic with focused research activities. Unlike diverse other maps that depict case numbers and the spread of the virus, we consolidate and visualise geodata and information on clinical studies and scientific publications," explains Prof. Dr Alexander Zipf, head of the Geoinformatics Department at Heidelberg University’s Institute of Geography as well as Managing Director of the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT), which is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

    The map is based on regularly updated international data provided by the WHO on COVID-19 related clinical trials. "We hope that our map is useful to the global community in the fight against COVID-19 and we are open for further ideas. Anything that will help our patients is welcome," states Prof. Dr Dr Markus Ries of the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine at the Heidelberg University Hospital, who is lending his medical expertise to the project.

    The map allows users to see where clinical trials are being conducted – whether in diagnostics, understanding the disease, treatment methods, or drugs for novel therapies and vaccines. Furthermore, other studies are investigating the pandemic's impact on helpers. The locations are displayed precisely at city level. The time slider can be used to analyse when studies were registered and at what stage they are. Email addresses of the respective researchers are also provided. According to the Heidelberg scientists, functions are being added constantly.

    Contact:
    Communications and Marketing
    Press Office
    Phone +49 6221 54-2311
    presse@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de


    Wissenschaftliche Ansprechpartner:

    Prof. Dr Alexander Zipf
    Institute of Geography
    Phone +49 6221 54-5533
    zipf@uni-heidelberg.de


    Weitere Informationen:

    https://covid-19.heigit.org/clinical_trials.html


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    The card shows the countries and locations where clinical research is taking place as well as the areas of virus and disease control.


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