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The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder has launched the COVID-19 Global Research Registry for Public Health and Social Sciences, in order to provide leadership, catalog projects and create a vehicle for collaboration on the study of the new coronavirus across disciplines and distances.

“We have decades of lessons learned from past disasters to apply,” center director and sociology professor Lori Peek said in a statement. “But this is the first global event in living memory that reveals so fully our need to understand human behavior. We are mobilizing to learn from it and use that knowledge for public good.”

The first-of-its-kind registry, to be available in English, French, Spanish and Chinese, is analogous to clinicaltrials.gov for the medical sciences, according to a news release. To sign up, a participant must be studying social, behavioral or public health aspects of the pandemic.

Journalists, funding agencies, philanthropists and other researchers will be able to peruse the site, looking for story ideas, beneficiaries and collaborators.

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