IFISC is contributing to the global effort against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Activities to date are presented below. (last update: 14/06/21).

1. Research Projects

1.1 Project DISTANCIA-COVID funded by CSIC and AENA. General Project Coordinator: Jose J. Ramasco (IFISC)

The project analyzes the effects of mobility restriction and social distancing measures on the spread of the disease using computational techniques and artificial intelligence for massive data analysis. Also participating: CEAB (Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes), IFCA (Institute of Physics of Cantabria), IEGD (Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography), CNB (National Center for Biotechnology), UPF (Pompeu Fabra University), National Center for Epidemiology and the companies Kido Dynamics, Telefónica and ESRI.

El proyecto es parte de la Plataforma de Salud Global COVID19 del CSIC:

1.2 Project COVID-SHINE: (Understanding the spatio-temporal social determinants of health)

Project funded by “la Caixa” Banking Foundation Social Research (2021-22) IP: Joan Benach (Pompeu Fabra University). IP at IFISC: V. M. Eguíluz.

1.3 Project FACE: (FAir Computational Epidemiology)

Project to build a data-driven simulation platform associated to the PTI Salud Global of CSIC and funding through recovery funds EUNextGeneration. Also participating: CEAB (Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes), IFCA (Institute of Physics of Cantabria), IEGD (Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography). IP at IFISC: Jose Javier Ramasco

2. Reports and Expert Advice

2.1 Weekly reports on inter- and intra-provincial mobility in Spain and at the municipal level in the Balearic Islands in response to confinement measures. These reports are part of the DISTANCIA-COVID project and have been made available to the Government of Spain and the Balearic Islands Government. 

2.2 J. Ramasco (IFISC) is member of the COVID-19 expert 16 people group advicing the Science and Innovation Ministry: 

Reports of this multidisciplinary group are available in:
2.3 Participation in the advisory groups of the Government of the Balearic Islands on digital media against the pandemic and the fight against new outbreaks.

3. Local sanitary data and collaborations.

3.1 Agreement with the Hospital de Son Espases (Dr. Joan Albert Pou) for the use of anonymized health records of COVID patients. IFISC Responsible: Claudio Mirasso

3.2 Anonymized emergency records of the Son Llatzer Hospital for the completion of Ms. Laura Aviñó's master thesis (2020). Directors: Raúl Toral, Claudio Mirasso, Ángel del Río (Son Llatzer)

4. Specific Human Resources for COVID studies

4.1 Postdoctoral researcher contract (2021-2022) of Juan Fernández-Gracia funded by the Balearic Government to develop the Project. FINE: Forecasting the spread and Inequalities of Epidemics. The project develops a model that includes time scales from days to seasons and includes SARS-COV2 variables of type i) demographic and socioeconomic, ii) environmental and iii) biological, ecological and evolutionary.

4.2 Predoctoral researcher contract of Beatriz Arregui, researcher contract under the María de Maeztu Excellence Unit of the IFISC for the development of epidemiological models. Ms. Aguirre comes from the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health - INSERM in Paris.

5. Scientific Publications

A flexible load sharing system optimising ICU demand in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
Lucas Lacasa, Robert Challen, Ellen Brooks-Pollock, Leon Danon
PLoS ONE 15, e0241027 (2020)

Vector-borne epidemics driven by human mobility
Soriano-Paños,David; Arias-Castro,Judy Heliana; Reyna-Lara,Adriana; Martínez,Hector J.; Meloni,Sandro; Gómez-Gardeñes,Jesús;
Physical Review Research 2, 013312 (1-12) (2020)

Risk of secondary infection waves of COVID-19 in an insular region: the case of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Eguíluz,Victor M; Fernández-Gracia,Juan; Rodríguez,Jorge P; Pericàs, Juan M; Melián, Carlos J
Frontiers in Medicine 7, 563455 (2020)

A minimal model of hospital patients’ dynamics in COVID-19
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 140, 110157 (2020)

Assessing functional propagation patterns in COVID-19
Zanin, Massimiliano; Papo, David
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 138, 109993 (2020)

Travel restrictions during pandemics: A useful strategy?
Zanin, Massimiliano; Papo, David
Chaos 30, 111103 (2020)

COVID-19: Predicción de eventos de hospitalización en UCI / muerte usando registros médicos de atención y herramientas de aprendizaje automático
Khajuria, T.; Pou Goyanes, J. A.; Mirasso, C. R.; Vicente, R.
Medicina Balear 35, 25-27 (2020)

A population-based controlled experiment assessing the epidemiological impact of digital contact tracing
Rodríguez, P., Graña, S., Alvarez-León, E.E. et al.
Nature Communications 12, 587 (2021)

Loss of structural balance in stock markets
Ferreira, Eva; Orbe, Susan; Ascorbebeitia, Jone; Álvarez Pereira, Brais; Estrada, Ernesto
Scientific Reports 11, 12230 (1-10) (2021)

Anatomy of digital contact tracing: Role of age, transmission setting, adoption, and case detection
Moreno López, Jesús A.; Arregui García, Beatriz; Bentkowski, Piotr; Bioglio, Livio; Pinotti, Francesco; Boëlle, Pierre-Yves; Barrat, Alain; Colizza, Vittoria; Poletto, Chiara. 
Science Advances (2021)

Cascading from SARS-CoV-2 to Parkinson’s Disease through Protein-Protein Interactions
Estrada, Ernesto
Viruses 13, 897 (2021)


Impact of urban structure on COVID-19 spread
Aguilar, Javier; Bassolas, Aleix; Ghoshal, Gourab; Hazarie, Surendra; Kirkley, Alec; Mazzoli, Mattia; Meloni, Sandro; Mimar, Sayat; Nicosia, Vincenzo; Ramasco, Jose Javier; Sadilek, Adam

A comparative study between the first and second waves of COVID-19 in the Balearic Islands using machine learning on electronic health records
Khajuria, T.; Pou Goyanes, J. A.; Mirasso C.; Vicente. R. 

Effects of mobility and multi-seeding on the propagation of the COVID-19 in Spain
Mattia Mazzoli; David Mateo; Alberto Hernando; Sandro Meloni; Jose J. Ramasco

6. Communication and outreach

6.1 Dissemination Activities

Jose J. Ramasco participated in the Webinar on prevention and de-escalation in the context of Covid-19:

6.3 Press releases:

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