Professor Tom Froese from the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit at OIST has recently launched a survey examining how social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected human experiences.
The COVID-19 Disease Map project is an international, multi-disciplinary effort, which aims to uncover and describe the molecular interactions involved in COVID-19. The ultimate goal is to provide the necessary research to find a cure for the disease.
Professor Matthias Wolf and his team have set up a blood antibody test that can be used to determine who has previously contracted COVID-19. The test could be used to screen residents in Okinawa to determine the true extent of the spread of the coronavirus.
In collaboration with the Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG), a controlled laboratory at OIST has started Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19.
Prof. Keshav Dani and his team have developed a UVC sterilization unit that could allow hospitals to safely reuse masks when necessary
Prof. Mahesh Bandi and his team applied a high voltage electric field to a cotton candy machine, poured in a powdered polymer, and created a fabric for masks that could help combat the spread of COVID-19
OIST students Sébastein Lapointe and Sandrine Burriel and their team have followed guidelines provided by the World Health Organization to begin production of a disinfecting gel with hopes of distributing it to health care facilities around Okinawa
Research technicians Micheal Grunwald and Kazumi Toda-Peters and Junior Research Fellow Paul Hsieh-Fu Tsai worked under the guidance of OIST Industrial Physician Dr. Tomoari Mori to 3D print face shields for health care workers in Okinawa
Professor Simone Pigolotti and his team from the Biological Complexity Unit are currently modelling the spread of COVID-19 within Okinawa to predict its impact
OIST has developed movies for children whose schools are closed due to the Pandemic to enjoy science at home
A group of OIST researchers and students has produced posters and a video to teach why and how to properly guard against COVID-19 with good hygiene