UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Professor Dr. Sanghyuk Shin and his co-investigators have been awarded a grant from the UCI Joint Research Fund to study the spread of COVID-19 among college students.
Many college students are within the age group that experiences mild to no symptoms of COVID-19. As a result, they may be important factors in community transmission.
The study will recruit and follow a random sample of 500 students on campus for a year. Their blood and saliva will be collected every three months. The researchers will also conduct a survey to learn about social interactions among students.
The information gathered in the study will ultimately be used to understand how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads among students and help universities develop guidelines to prevent COVID-19.
The project is a collaboration between Shin and his co-investigators:
- Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala, Program in Public Health
- Professor Ilhem Messaoudi, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
- Professor Dominik Wodarz, Population Health and Disease Prevention
- Professor Vladimir Minin, Department of Statistics
The UCI Joint Research Fund supports projects that contribute to slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19.