The urgent need for integrated science to fight COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

J Transl Med. 2020 May 19;18(1):205. doi: 10.1186/s12967-020-02364-2.


The COVID-19 pandemic has become the leading societal concern. The pandemic has shown that the public health concern is not only a medical problem, but also affects society as a whole; so, it has also become the leading scientific concern. We discuss in this treatise the importance of bringing the world's scientists together to find effective solutions for controlling the pandemic. By applying novel research frameworks, interdisciplinary collaboration promises to manage the pandemic's consequences and prevent recurrences of similar pandemics.

Keywords: COVID-19; Collaboration; Complex problems; Coronavirus; Interdisciplinarity; Public health.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / pathogenicity
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Emergencies*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Public Health / history
  • Public Health / standards
  • SARS-CoV-2