Contagion Science explores foundational forces that expose transdisciplinary vulnerabilities of our modern societies and aims to provide a toolkit for response.
The global Covid-19 outbreak put pandemics and pandemic management in the spotlight. Understanding the various factors that influenced its emergence, its evolution, as well as our public health responses offers a multitude of transdisciplinary learning opportunities.
Contagion Science provides an umbrella for fundamental research challenges and acknowledges that mechanisms and patterns of contagion are not limited to pandemics but occur in many areas of our modern societies.
Fueled by a UVA grant of $5 million in support of the University’s quest to move its research from prominence to preeminence, the Contagion Science program provides a coordinated “big science” approach to exploring ways to address contagions of the magnitude we experienced with the global pandemic of the 21st century. Scientists at UVA acknowledge the need to develop cross-cutting technological computing innovations that interface with real-world societal applications to improve planning and response to contagions of this scale and impact. We are eager to find solutions in advance, not if, but when it happens.
Emotion and Behavior Lab
Social contagion involves behavior, emotions, or conditions spreading spontaneously through a group or network. The EB Lab at UVA studies the dynamics and diverse components of social connections and networks.
Pandemic Forecasting and Modeling
The Biocomplexity Institute's approach to pandemic forecasting and modeling supported crucial public health decisions.
COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance
Covid-19 Wastewater Surveillance provided a valuable service to the UVA community and led to new research findings.
Development of vaccines and therapeutics continues to be a research priority.
Infectious diseases can significantly impact our societies and economies. What will change look like?
Disaster response requires innovative thinking. UVA engineers leveraged robotics technology in their response.
In the News
As several media outlets reported on October 26, 2022, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the UVA Biocomplexity Institute have been selected to help establish a national pathogen genomics surveillance network working to better identify, respond to and prevent future
In alignment with the University of Virginia’s goal to move its research from prominence to preeminence, deans, faculty, and researchers from across Grounds got together to participate in the formal launch of the Contagion Science program, an initiative funded by the University as part of its
On December 21, 2021, the Deans of the Schools for Engineering and Applied Sciences, Data Science and Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Executive Director of the Biocomplexity Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the joint development of a new Pandemic Science