ASU launches COVID-19 testing research repository

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Arizona State University (ASU) on Monday said it has launched Evidence Commons, a comprehensive repository of published COVID-19 research focused on diagnostic tests and testing practices.

Evidence Commons was developed by ASU College of Health Solutions with support from the Rockefeller Foundation to make critical testing and diagnostic data and research available to the public, ASU said.

With more than 3,000 published papers, Evidence Commons provides access to the diagnostic-related research to enhance scientific collaboration and pandemic mitigation and prevention, ASU added.

"COVID-19 tests have often been misunderstood, misinterpreted, and under-appreciated as a critical tool to fight the spread of this virus," Mara Aspinall, professor of practice in the College of Health Solutions at ASU and cofounder of the Biomedical Diagnostics program within the College, said in a statement. "Evidence Commons creates easy, single-site access to a comprehensive and interactive database of hundreds of testing-related publications in an organized way."

Evidence Commons was developed as part of the ASU COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons, an educational website focused on COVID-related testing information.

ASU launched Testing Commons in July 2020, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP), which was created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable access to COVID-19 testing for Americans, with a focus on communities most affected by the pandemic.

Testing Commons offers a searchable repository of all COVID-19 tests on the market and in development, organized by test type, technology, regulatory status, country of origin, and more.

In November 2020, ASU and World Economic Forum, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, launched Workplace Commons, which made available results from a series of anonymized, geographically diverse surveys designed to help employers understand employee attitudes around return-to-work policies during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Evidence Commons, Workplace Commons, and Testing Commons suite of resources can be accessed via the ASU College of Health Solutions Diagnostics Commons website.

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