Genomic sequencing to track, trace and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in healthcare.

COVID-19 has emerged as one of the greatest threats to global human health, presenting health authorities with the immense challenge to halt the spread and develop a vaccine.

Until then, the ID Project will lead the use of next generation sequencing to effectively track, trace and respond to potential transmission and outbreaks of COVID-19 in Queensland Health facilities.

Sequencing COVID-19 will provide clinically actionable, validated, and timely genomic analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 virus isolated in hospitals.

COVID-19 samples collected from Queensland Health facilities will be analysed and compared to other cases recorded within the healthcare facility, community, throughout Queensland, Australia and internationally.

In this way the spread of COVID-19 can be mapped, and viral mutations and emerging strains detected.

Primarily, clinicians will be able to rapidly identify and verify COVID-19 transmission in the healthcare environment with pinpoint accuracy and implement infection control measures using a targeted approach that can ultimately save lives.

Project Investigators

Project leaders engage with and draw upon the expertise of partners within universities, research institutes and hospital and health services around Queensland.

Professor David Paterson, The University of Queensland (lead)

Dr Patrick Harris, The University of Queensland and Pathology Queensland

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Dr Scott Beatson, The University of Queensland

Dr Brian Forde, The University of Queensland

Dr Geoffrey Playford, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Pathology Queensland

Dr Julia Clark, Queensland Children’s Hospital

Professor Graeme Nimmo, Pathology Queensland

Dr Amy Jennison, Forensic and Scientific Services

Ms Belinda Henderson, Infection Control Genomics Nurse Coordinator, The University of Queensland

Ms Trish Hurst, Infection Control Genomics Nurse Coordinator, The University of Queensland

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