The new EU-funded five-year project PAIR has just launched in Copenhagen with the involvement of 20 partners from 7 countries. Its goal is to ensure that Europe has the expertise and skills for advanced point-of-care systems and predictive models based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was the largest global shock in decades, claiming millions of lives and devastating the world economy.
This pandemic has shown the dramatic effects of epidemics and pandemics. It has also highlighted the need for transparent, faster, and better-informed decisions regarding preparedness and response. Technologies and models that can provide fast, reliable, and cost-effective information are crucial for better decision-making and maintaining public trust.
PAIR will address pandemic preparedness through the introduction of two innovative, interacting tools: PANPOC and PANRISK.
PANPOC is a point-of-care device for rapid detection of respiratory RNA viruses with pandemic potential in human, animal, and environmental samples.
PANRISK is an AI/ML-based model that processes field data from freely available online resources and proprietary partner results. This model can assess pandemic risk based on the spatial occurrence (geographical mapping), temporal occurrence patterns, and viral genetic monitoring and bioinformatic analysis.
Both tools were selected to meet the comprehensive requirements of a genomics-informed European One-Health surveillance and outbreak response model.
The PAIR tools (PANPOC and PANRISK) will be implemented and validated by veterinary and clinical end users in Denmark, France, Latvia, Italy, and Spain.
„Covid has made us aware of the urgency to adopt the One-Health approach for global health,“ says Carsten Thure Kirkeby, PAIR project coordinator. „This approach addresses the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their broader context. With PAIR, we aim to enhance preparation and response with improved decision-making. Advanced modeling will enable better coordination across regions and countries, addressing a identified weakness in pandemic response.“
„To support the PAIR project in its groundbreaking efforts for a more effective pandemic response, ICONS will ensure that the right people learn about the innovation—whether technological or social—and adopt it in the right way,“ said Ani Asatryan, project manager at ICONS, an Italian agency specializing in science communication and social and business innovation.
The PAIR project runs from January 2024 to December 2028 under the coordination of the University of Copenhagen.