NORDEMICS is a Scandinavian consortium that aims to understand how changes in society and climate influenced epidemics in the Nordic countries in the past 300 years.
Plague is still widespread, but the rules for where plague can exist in the wild are unknown. For non-ecologists, it is tempting to assume that certain rodent species are associated with plague reservoirs, but that intuition breaks down rapidly when you start comparing rodent species maps with plague reservoir maps.
REA:Life is a collaboration between researchers from the National and Cultural History, Pharmacy and Biology departments at the University of Oslo, Norway. We investigate lost medicinal recipes, and test these for bioactive compounds using the latest methods in pharmacology, immunology and metagenomics.
In the PERI project, a collaboration between Oslo and Minnesota, we investigated the ecosystem-scale plague interventions of the former USSR, using archival works, interviews with Soviet plague researchers, and published (russian) work.