C.A.T.C.H. the Virus Study

"It's snot your average research $tudy"

C.A.T.C.H. is open for BASELINE ENROLLMENT!!!

Contact us at catch@umd.edu
or call/text us at 424-246-8358!!!

Check out our blog at http://blog.umd.edu/catch for updates and the latest news!

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UMD Public Health Research Day 2018

Our undergraduate research assistants presented posters at UMD's Public Health Research Day on April 3, 2018, at the Stamp Student Union. You can see the posters here. Check out our facebook posts for photos and more!

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About

Welcome to C.A.T.C.H. (Characterizing And Tracking College Health) the Virus Study! Our goal is to figure out what makes people contagious, so we can prevent the spread of disease. With an improved understanding of what contributes to and impacts contagiousness, we may better prepare for – and possibly prevent – future outbreaks of influenza or other acute respiratory infections!

Acute respiratory infections (like the common cold or the flu) have been detrimental to civilizations for centuries. While research has come a long way, the annual influenza epidemic persists – indicating the need for improved understanding of viral transmission. The C.A.T.C.H. the Virus Study is designed to investigate ARI contagiousness and to help make our communities healthier.

You don't need to be sick to participate, and if you sign up you could win prizes up to $500!

The study will last through the Spring Semester 2019. If you're at least 18 years old, a UMD affiliate (student, faculty, staff) or someone who lives within a short distance of the UMD College Park campus, then you will be eligible to be a part of our study. You will be able to fill out a survey and give us snot and other samples, identify contacts like roommates or housemates or anyone 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.

Also, we have a special type of location tracking app for your smartphone (hyper-accurate for locations served by campus wifi), which will help us trace disease transmission in a community network. If you're eligible (over 18 years old and a UMD affiliate) we'll pay you to download and install and run it, and if you keep it on you'll be eligible for prize drawings (including a grand prize of a $500 debit card). Go to https://catch.umd.edu/app in order to participate.

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.

Contact us at 4242-GOTFLU (424-246-8358) or catch@umd.edu. We hope to meet you soon!

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

If you live in the Cambridge Community, or are a first-year GPH, LS, or STS student, you'll get $10 in your Terrapin Express account for downloading and activating this app! By accumulating points you'll have a chance to win monthly prizes as well as the grand prize of $500!

Meet The Team

Donald Milton

Dr. Donald Milton

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

Dr. Barbara Albert

Dr. Barbara Albert

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 Washington - Lewis

Rhonda Washington - Lewis

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. Sanmi Adenaiye

Dr. Oluwasanmi (Sanmi) Adenaiye

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

Dr. Somayeh Youssefi

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

Dr. Sheldon Tai

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

Jacob Bueno de Mesquita

Jacob Bueno de Mesquita

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

Dr. Jennifer German

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

Dr. Jelena Srebric

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

Dr. Ashok Agrawala

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

Dr. Matthew Frieman

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

Dr. Todd Treangen

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

Dr. Emmanuel Mongodin

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

Dr. Shuo Chen

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

Dr. Filbert Hong

Dr. Filbert Hong

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

Dr. Amelia Arria

Dr. Amelia Arria

Dr. Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and an Associate Professor... Learn More

Dr. Adam Porter

Dr. Adam Porter

Dr. Adam Porter is Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering. His research has focused... Learn More

Dr. Sandro Fouche

Dr. Sandro Fouche

Dr. Sandro Fouche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, and a Systems Architect with the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering.... Learn More

Dr. Chengsheng Jiang

Dr. Chengsheng Jiang

Dr. Chengsheng Jiang is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He has experience in GIS, spatial statistics, spatial sampling design, data analysis, data mining... Learn More

Consent Forms

You must be 18 or older to participate in this study.

Consents for Cohort Participation and Baseline Sample

Participate immediately in the baseline questionnaire and sample collection as self-reported cases.

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Consent for Contact Participation

You can also participate in the study if you are named as a contact of a self-reported case.

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Consent for In-Depth Case Participation

Cohort members who enroll as self-reported cases and Contacts who become infected with one of our target viruses can be selected to do the In-Depth Case portion of the study.

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Consent for Smartphone App Participation

Members of the UMD community (anyone with a UID) can participate in the smartphone tracking app portion of the study.

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