5 August 2021

The Radboudumc is going to lead a study on how to deal with future pandemics, together with Radboud University and the University of Amsterdam. Rick Quax from the Informatics Institute/IAS is involved in this project.

In this two-year project, funded by the NWO, the researchers are looking at the decision-making process surrounding COVID-19, and its consequences for healthcare and society. The aim is to develop a form of management that can respond more quickly to constantly changing circumstances. The research project Adaptive systems based pandemic management to improve resilience of healthcare and society is conducted under the leadership of Radboudumc professor Marcel Olde Rikkert.

An important term here is resilience, which is about how quickly something or someone recovers after an event. To study this resilience in healthcare and society, the researchers will develop a so-called adaptive pandemic management.

In addition to the parties mentioned, GGD Gelderland-Zuid and other decentralised and policy organisations will also participate in the study.

Marcel Olde Rikkert: "Health care and government agencies and important regional and central policy bodies will jointly develop a flexible (adaptive) approach for future pandemics. Methods from complexity science will be used as well. The outcome of our research will be a form of management that adapts optimally to the ever-changing circumstances during a national crisis situation, such as the COVID-19 pandemic."

The grant awarded is € 726,000 and falls under NWO's call for Complexity Research on the COVID-19 crisis.

Bertine Lahuis, Chairman of the Board of Radboud university medical center: “In a crisis or pandemic it is important to adapt to changing situations. This project offers welcome opportunities to understand the best ways to manage this together with all parties involved in a pandemic.”

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