Research on the Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Emergency Response and Healthcare Personnel (RECOVER) Study

A CDC-funded joint research project between Abt Associates and the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study 

Page created: Monday, May 18, 2020 | Last Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Overview of the RECOVER Study:


Launched May 8, 2020, the Research on the Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Emergency Response and Healthcare Personnel Study, or RECOVER for short, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a partnership with Abt Associates and various U.S. healthcare systems and academic institutions such as the University of Arizona and the University of Miami.  The primary goal of this project is to build on the existing national Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study efforts and the FFCCS research infrastructure to study COVID-19 specifically among U.S. first responders. The primary research objectives of the RECOVER study are to: 1) Determine the frequency of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and COVID-19 illness among healthcare personnel (HCPs) and first responders (FP); and 2) Describe SARS-CoV-2 reinfections among HCP/FR who are seropositive to SARS-CoV-2 and/or documented prior PCR-confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. 


Project Timeline:


The RECOVER study will take place over a 12-month project period, of which first responders will be asked to engage with the research project and the study team for a total of 9 months through a series of periodic surveys and biological sample collections. Recruitment is anticipated to start in June 2020. We anticipate enrolling 400 U.S. firefighters into the study. 


RECOVER Study Team:

Dr. Jeff Burgess
University of Arizona
Project Co-PI / Director
Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez
University of Miami
Project Co-PI
Shawn Beitel
University of Arizona
Research Specialist / Project Co-Leader
Paola Louzado Feliciano 
University of Miami
Research Associate / Project Co-Leader
Dawn Thomas
University of Miami
Research Associate
Field Operations / Logistics
Katerina Santiago
University of Miami
Central IRB Analyst /
Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Jin Zhou
University of Arizona
Sally Littau
University of Arizona
Biomarker Lab Coordinator
Fernanda Garavito
University of Arizona
Research Specialist 
Michael Martell
University of Arizona

Policies and Disclaimers: The content of the National Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study, (FFCCS) and of the RECOVER Project expresses the opinions of its authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or of Abt Associates.