C.A.T.C.H. (Characterizing And Tracking College Health), the Virus Study will start this fall! Our goal is to figure out what makes people contagious so we canprevent the spread of disease.
We are finalizing the plans and getting ethics approvals to start this fall. If you're at least 18 years old and a resident of the Cambridge Community (yes, all 1500 of you) then you will be eligible to be a part of our study. And if you're a first-year student in the Global Public Health (GPH), Life Sciences (LS), or Science, Technology, and Society (STS) College Park Scholars Living Learning Communities -or a roommate of one -then we will need you in a huge way!
The first part of the study (starting in October) will be trying to find out who might have infected you if you get a cold or flu –and for that we are going to have a special type of location tracking app (like Find My Friends but much more accurate and in 3D)for your smartphone, which will help us trace disease transmission in a community network.
Later this semester and next, if you're a first-year GPH, LS, or STS student living in the Cambridge Community (or a roommate), you will be able to fill outa survey and give us snot and other samples, identify contacts like roommates or anyone in the Cambridge Community you might infect.
If you are a contact of someone with colds or flu who filled out a survey and gave samples, and you live in one of the Cambridge residence halls, you may be able to enroll in follow-up to see if you catch the virus.
Maybe the best part is we'll pay you every time you come in to see us -whether you've caught something, or if someone names you as a close contact.
If you are interested, you can join the research team later this year and learn about how we do this research.
We really need your help to make this work! By participating, you're helping to make great scientific advances that could help create healthier dorms and buildings for everyone.
We encourage you to visit our new website http://catch.umd.edu regularly for updates and to learn about our findings as they are being discovered.
Don Milton, MD, DrPH Professor, School of Public Health and
the C.A.T.C.H. the Virus Study research team
Learn about what we did last year: The Summary of GotFlu
Dr. Milton earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (Cum Laude), an MD from Johns Hopkins University and a DrPH (Environmental Health) from Harvard University. He is currently Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied... Learn More
M.D., M.S, Barbara Albert received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed residency training and a Master's Degree (MPH equivalent) in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine... Learn More
Rhonda's career in healthcare started over 20yrs ago with the Department of Defense working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) department as a Medical Technician. She assisted in research being conducted with soldiers who... Learn More
Dr. Oluwasanmi Adenaiye earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MD Equiv.) from the College of Medicine, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. As a clinical research assistant in the department of Chemical Pathology of University College... Learn More
Dr. Somayeh Youssefi earned her BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, and earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at School of Public Health in... Learn More
Dr. Sheldon Tai is a postdoctoral associate at University of Maryland's School of Public Health. He completed formal veterinary training at National Taiwan University, and earned his PhD in comparative medicine and integrative biology at Michigan State... Learn More
Hailing from Kingston, RI, Jacob completed his undergraduate degree in Human Science with a Certificate in Global Health at Georgetown University. Upon graduating he joined CDC as a Public Health Associate, fulfilling a two-year field... Learn More
Dr. Jennifer German earned her BS in Genetic Engineering from Cedar Crest College, and earned her PhD in Biology from University of Maryland, College Park. Her graduate work focused on the innate immune response to... Learn More
Dr. Jelena Srebric is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Cluster for SustainabilITY in the Built Environment at the University of Maryland (CITY@UMD). For the C.A.T.C.H. study she and her team will be... Learn More
Dr. Ashok Agrawala is Professor in the University of Maryland Department of Computer Science at College Park and Director of the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Lab. For C.A.T.C.H., he and... Learn More
Dr. Matthew Frieman is an Associate Professor in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. He earned a BA in Biology from Washington University... Learn More
Dr. Todd Treangen is a Research Scientist in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and faculty member in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB)... Learn More
Dr. Emmanuel Mongodin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS)... Learn More
Dr. Shuo Chen is Associate Professor of Biostatics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Harbin Institue of Technology (China), his M.S. in Mathematics and... Learn More
Filbert had left the world of scientific research but has since come back. For more than ten years he was Director of Artistic Operations for the National Philharmonic (based at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD)... Learn More
CATCH will be participating in the kick-off event of the UMD College Park Scholars 2017-2018 theme, “Going Viral” on Wednesday, September 27. Dr. Don Milton, leader of the C.A.T.C.H. the Virus Study research team and professor of environmental health in the School of Public Health, along with Col. Matthew Hepburn, the program manager in the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will be discussing...
We had a great turn out to learn about the CATCH – the virus study last week at the Cambridge Community Block Party! Jake, Barbara, Rhonda, and Jennifer were on hand to answer questions and provide general information about the study as we gear up to recruitment later in the fall. We were out giving away tasty treats to attract people to our table (who doesn’t love some free candy?!) And we had lots of cool props, including some actual lab equipment...