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21
OCT
2020
Posted by Kristi Vabamäe

Private donation helps the University of Tartu continue analysing coronavirus data

Research groups of the University of Tartu led by Professor of Mathematical Statistics Krista Fischer and Professor of Bioinformatics Jaak Vilo who have supported the state with the data collection and analysis since the beginning of the corona crisis can continue their work thanks to a private donation by entrepreneur Väino Kaldoja. 

When the corona crisis started in spring, researchers of the University of Tartu Jaak Vilo and Krista Fischer quickly mobilised more than a dozen people to gather information about the virus, analyse data and build prediction models. Surveys and the development of data analysis solutions started on koroona.ut.ee. The prompt start of research and development helped to define national risk scenarios for assessing the spread of the virus.

In spring, when the Estonian Research Council started to gather information about what researchers could do to solve the corona crisis, the first data analysis solutions by the University of Tartu researchers had already been approved by the ethics committee and introduced. At the beginning of July, when the Estonian Research Council opened the call for grant applications for one-year development projects funded from the target grants action, also the working groups of Fischer and Vilo submitted their applications. Regrettably, it was recently announced that neither grant application was funded. Discontinuing the research would have brought about a major gap in advising the state and a risk that the work started in spring would fall through.

However, many entrepreneurs also started to provide their advice and support to the state already at the beginning of the corona crisis. Now, an experienced entrepreneur Väino Kaldoja decided to lend his support to research, supporting the work of the research groups led by Fischer and Vilo with a total of 60,000 euros. The donation helps Fischer’s research group to continue creating the framework for modelling the spread of COVID-19 and assess the impact of intervention measures and Vilo’s research group to continue developing the koroona.ut.ee platform and data analysis solutions to better assess the spread of the virus and forecast the impact of measures.

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