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Start Date

December 2020


36 months


Title: Connecting European Cohorts to Increase Common and Effective Response to SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic.

Design: Population based, prospective and retrospective cohort study.

Registration Number: n.a.

Primary Objective: ORCHESTRA provides an innovative approach to learn from the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 crisis and form recommendations to improve further management of COVID-19 and be prepared for the possible future pandemic waves. The ORCHESTRA project aims to respond to this need through the creation of a new pan-European cohort built on existing and new large-scale population cohorts in European (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Slovakia) and non-European countries (India, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Congo and Gabon). The knowledge gleaned from the study of these cohorts will inform European strategies with regards to:

  1. effective protection of fragile populations in Europe (e.g children, pregnant women, the elderly, solid organ transplant recipients, Alzheimer patients, oncological patients, Parkinson disease patients, patients with mental illness, HIV positive subjects);

  2. reduction of the risks for frontline health care staff;

  3. longer-term consequences of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of individuals;

  4. vaccination response;

  5. impact of environmental factors, socio-economic determinants, lifestyle and confinement measures on the spread of COVID-19.

Interested in collaboration? Contact: Stefania Vitali,;







UNIVR, University of Verona, Italy (Coordinator)
UNIBO, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
INSERM, Institut National de la Santè et de la Recherche Medicale, France
SAS, Servicio Andaluz de Salud, Spain
CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario, Italy
LIH, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg
AP-HP, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France
RER-ASSR, Regione Emilia Romagna, Italy
ISGLOBAL, Fundacion Privada Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona, Spain
LMU, Ludwig-Maximilians- Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
UANTWERPEN, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
HMGU, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum Fuer Gesundheit Und Umwelt Gmbh, Germany
UHC, Klinikum der Universitaet zu Koeln, Germany
PENTA, Fondazione PENTA - for the treatment and care of children with HIV and related diseases ONLUS, Italy
USTUTT, Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany
CERMEL, Centre de Recherches Medicales de Lambaréné, Gabon
RAPH BB, Regionalny Urad Verejneho Zdravotnictva so Sidlom v Banskej Bystrici, Slovakia
CHARITÉ - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Germany
UMCG, Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen, the Netherlands
CINES, Centre Informatique National De L'enseignement Superieur, France
UNIOVI, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
UBA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
INSP, Institutul National de Sanatate Publica, Romania
UKHD, Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany
REG VEN, Regione del Veneto, Italy
FCRM, Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Medicale, Congo

International third parties
THSTI, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, Haryana – India
CBCI, Catholics Bishops Conference of India, Society for Medical Education, Bangalore – India
UNIFESP, Escola Paulista de Medicina - Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil


  • Alessia Savoldi

  • Anna Gorska

  • Anna Maria Azzini

  • Elena Carrara

  • Elda Righi

  • Elisa Gentilotti

  • Evelina Tacconelli

  • Fabiana Arieti

  • Fulvia Mazzaferri

  • Gaia Maccarrone

  • Ilaria Currò

  • Massimo Mirandola 

  • Maela Tebon

  • Maria Diletta Pezzani

  • Mariana Guedes

  • Pasquale De Nardo

  • Ruth Joanna Davis

  • Silvia Giacomazzi

  • Stefania Vitali

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